Microsoft is killing off one of its most popular devices

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The continuing cull at Microsoft appears to have hit one of their most popular devices.

Sales of the popular Surface 3 tablet have now ceased with the company looking to focus its attention on newer products the company has confirmed.

The 10.8 inch device that was intended to challenge the iPad could be carried around like a tablet but could also be clipped to a magnetic keyboard for easy working.

The device was first launched back in May 2015 and was one of the first devices to use Windows 10.

The device appeared to have a bright future but it has been surpassed by the Surface Pro 4 along with the company’s flagship Surface Book laptop.

“Since launching Surface 3 over a year ago, we have seen strong demand and satisfaction amongst our customers,” Microsoft said in a statement. “Inventory is now limited and by the end of December 2016, we will no longer manufacture Surface 3 devices.”

The move is seen as Microsoft preparing for the next generation of software and hardware with the first major update of Windows 10 coming shortly.

It is anticipated that this may lead to the release of a range of new hardware that include new features such as a redesigned Start Menu, handwriting recognition and the all important improved battery life.

Microsoft will no longer be offering free upgrades to Windows 10 from July 29 so now may be the time to upgrade or purchase a new device.

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