By most accounts, Microsoft was supposed to announce an 8-inch Surface Mini tablet yesterday. This gadget, which would reportedly have used a Qualcomm chip and slotted in below the Surface 2 in Microsoft's tablet lineup, was apparently shelved at the last minute. Most of the outlets that predicted that tablet was coming have since posted a number of different explanations to explain its absence.
Whatever the reason, the upshot is that we have no small Surface tablet. This leaves Windows users who want a smaller device a few different options: they can pick something from one of Microsoft's OEM partners, like the generally-solid Lenovo Thinkpad 8 or Dell Venue 8 Pro. But those tablets don't have the third-party app ecosystems that iOS and Android sport, and the benefit of the Windows desktop on a computer with such a small display is dubious at best.
If you want a small-screened tablet with robust third-party application ecosystem, a touch-enabled version of Office, and the ability to connect to and use most of Microsoft's services, your way forward is clear: you should get an iPad mini.