Yep, Microsoft Killed the Surface Mini. For Real.

In an earnings report released today, Microsoft confirmed what many of us had already accepted into our hearts: The Surface Mini is dead.

Under the headline "Computing and Gaming Hardware," the company's lengthy report confirms the kill in one toss-away sentence: "Current year cost of revenue included Surface inventory adjustments resulting from our transition to newer generation devices and a decision to not ship a new form factor."

Microsoft pulled the elusive Surface Mini, a 7-inch alternative to the hybrid Surface line, from the NYC Surface Pro 3 event in May. Its sudden departure was puzzling, though the Mini would've been entering an already hostile market. Almost a month later, the little tab made several appearances in the Surface Pro 3 users guide, giving some hope that the Mini might come to pass. It seems Microsoft, channeling its inner Gandalf, will allow no such thing. [TechCrunch]