Microsoft, looking to catch up to rivals, could soon be putting out its own 7-inch tablet.
The Wall Street Journal says the Redmond, Wash., company plans to launch a smaller version of its Surface tablet later this year.
The report, which cites unnamed sources, says that making a small tablet wasn't an original part of Microsoft's strategy, but that the company is seeking to adapt to a changing market.
As Microsoft rolled out its first tablet, the 10.6-inch screen Surface RT, in October, Apple, Google and Amazon.com were pushing out much smaller tablet computers. Apple released the 7.9-inch iPad mini, Google put out the 7-inch Nexus 7 and Amazon updated its 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet with an HD version.