Re: "Is it me or are MS hoping to just quietly kill the Surface ............?"
Don't all Surfaces still have a cooling fan in them?
The Surface Pro 3 does have a fan, the surface 3 doesn't. I've got the i3 SP3 and never hear it kicking in except when playing games, apparently the i5 & i7 version does kick in more frequently, but they are power house CPUs.
And why would having a fan disqualify something from being a tablet? The vents are at the top (if holding in landscape mode).