Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface have arrived, and many more tablets, laptops, and desktops running the new OS are available or soon will be. A Windows 8 Pro version of Surface is on the horizon as well, as the current one runs on Windows RT. However, those Surface tablets are designed for office work and the like, with gaming a possibility but not tailor-made. That may soon change, as a new report states Microsoft is at work on a 7" Xbox Surface designed for gaming. The report says the Xbox Surface would likely run an ARM chip with high speed RAM or (after some modification) an Intel SoC, but it's developed independently from a set hardware specification. It also would not run a full Windows version, but rather a custom one focused on gaming (and maybe some light messaging). Interestingly, this is not the first time ARM has been mentioned with an Xbox device and it could shed some light on those Xbox FL domains.
All of this is unconfirmed rumor for now, although it apparently comes from people within Microsoft. It's interesting to note that Microsoft's Silicon Valley location recently limited access to some of the Xbox buildings, possibly due to testing of the Xbox Surface. So long as this tablet continues development and sees the light of day, it should arrive before the Next Xbox and coexist along side it. We'll just have to wait and see if Microsoft officially confirms it.