That continues on Tuesday in New York, when Nadella takes the stage for an 11 a.m. event that many tech observers believe will introduce new Surface and Surface Pro tablets.
But what kind of Surface tablets? A smaller "mini" tablet with a 7- or 8-inch screen, which has become a popular size in the tablet market?
"The consensus on (Tuesday's) event seem to be centered on the announcement of a new Surface 'mini' running Windows RT, which seems a likely scenario to me," said Charles King, president and principal analyst at industry watcher Pund-IT. "The fact is that the tablet market has evolved to support both mini (7-8 inch) and maxi (10-inch) sized products, to the point where even Apple, the longest major holdout, finally threw in the towel with the iPad mini."
But an Intel-based mini-Surface running the latest version of Windows 8.1, "seems a bit far-fetched to me," King added. "The company may have felt that developing its own hardware was the only way Windows RT would have received proper attention, but the move reportedly irritated some of Microsoft's hardware partners to the point (that they are) throttling back or fully abandoning development of RT devices."