After Acer basically threw down an ultimatum over Microsoft and its Surface tablets, now we're hearing that Redmond's already hard at work on successors for its soon-to-be-released own-brand tablets. I can hear Ubuntu calling, Acer.

Despite what Microsoft's Frank Shaw recently said, there are quite a few job listings currently up for the Surface team, including for mechanical and electrical engineers of mobile devices, that state "we are currently building the next generation [of] devices that fully express the Windows vision." Now, if that doesn't scream an extended Surface family, I'm not sure what does. At the very least it shows that Microsoft's working on more hardware, Acer and its other complainers, be damned.

"Creating [exciting touch-first] devices involves a close partnership between hardware and software engineers, designers, and manufacturing. We are currently building the next generation and Surface needs you!"

Honestly, having gone this far and basically broken the old Microsoft mould, it would be barmy for Redmond to just jack it all in after one shot at a tablet. Ballmer and co are seemingly in this for the long haul, and, frankly, that's a good thing. If Microsoft can pull off "an Apple", get the hardware and software right, all under one roof, it can only be a good thing for quality, forward-thinking tablets and touch-based experiences. So, I'm afraid Acer can huff and puff all it likes, but it's not going to be able to blow the Microsoft Surface down. Maybe Android should be your next port of call, Acer? [TechRadar]