Whither the Surface Mini?
Why was Office released for iOS, then Android, before Windows 8.x?
Why were both updated before the Windows version?
Why does everyone say it is still better on iOS and Android?
Why do so many other MS utilities debut on iOS and Android?
I think my questions actually answer the title question. Small Windows tablets suck; the iPad and Android have an insurmountable lead and MS recognizes this, and has basically ceded the small tablet space.
There is still a lot of speculation that the October event announcing the Surface Pro 4 will not only unveil the SPro 4, but THREE models, with 14", 12" and 8" screens. With Apple about to announce the iPad Mini 4, with split screen view, an 8" Surface Mini would be a good introduction, but I bet not. Like I said, I think Microsoft already believes the best Surface Mini is the iPad Mini. I hope I am wrong; I hope ALL THREE SIZES DEBUT, but my bet is on a Surface Pro 12" two-in-one, and a 14" ultrabook with MacBook Pro 15 specs...not too long to wait at this point...