Microsoft's Panos Panay is pumped about a lot of things, but the one gadget that got him out of bed in the middle of the night is the much-rumored, now-confirmed, Surface Mini tablet. In an interview with Wired out today, the company's corporate vice president in charge of devices said he used to keep an unreleased version of the 7-inch tablet near his bed so he could jot down notes and draft emails during sudden surges of inspiration.
"It was like a Moleskine," Panay says of a point two years ago when Microsoft began working on what would become the Surface Book laptop. "It was awesome." The use of past tense here suggests two things: Panay no longer uses the Surface Mini, and the product is not likely a future consideration.