Windows 8.1 is going places. Well, Microsoft’s modern operating platform has had a decent enough run overall, but there are many markets where it can really carve up a big share.

Countries like Japan and Korea represent two of these key markets.

And from the talk that is coming out of there, it seems that Windows tablets, at least, have a very bright future in these places. Local vendors in Japan and Korea are now highly interested in bringing more devices to users — in order to cope with growing demand.

This report claims that hardware makes are interested in developing 8 and 10 inch devices for these two important Asian markets, as sales of Windows tablets have gone up from 3 percent to 15 percent in just a few months.

That’s a pretty significant increase, any way you look at it. Fivefold increase!

While the smaller 8-inch segment of the market is for the time being catered to by other vendors, there have been hints that Microsoft is developing a smaller Surface tablet. The company has, on multiple occasions, said that it wants to expand its Surface family of devices.

With BUILD 2014 just a furlong away, we just might get some more pointers on what Redmond is planning for this. A smaller tablet will make a ton of sense for Microsoft and for consumers, surely.

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  1. Dominico-James Black Eagle Hod / March 31, 2014 at 5:59 pm /Reply

    Microsoft needs a 8-inch Surface tablet. I hate these rumors about Microsoft condemning or giving up on hardware after releasing office for iPad.

  2. No doubt about it. Great news for the company. It’s not surprising considering how great 8.1 is and how Asia is probably realizing it’s better than Apple.

  3. Yay it will make it easier for me if it’s more available in Japan!

  4. Microsoft has taken way too long to get into the smaller tablet market. They made a mistake in killing off Nokia devices. It would give them the chance to have devices at multiple price points

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