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What will Windows 8 Need?

Category: Operating Systems, Manufacturers
Posted: 12:47PM

As with other operating systems, there are specific hardware requirements of Windows 8 certified devices. These requirements are so Microsoft can guarantee a certain level of experience for all those who use its coming flagship on tablets and convertible PCs. These requirements include 5-point multitouch, NFC “touch marks,” five specific hardware buttons, a new Ctrl+Alt+Del combination, two second resume, and more.

The NFC "touch marks" mean there is something marking where devices need to be in contact in order for NFC to work. The five required buttons are Power, Rotation Lock, Volume Up and Down, and the Windows Key, which must be at least 10.5 mm in diameter. Other requirements include there being a minimum 10 GB of free space after the out-of-box experience, a 1366x768 screen resolution, and a 720p camera. For ARM machines the bootloader is also to be locked, which will prevent such devices from having other OS’s installed (until someone figures out how to get around that).

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Comp Dude2 on January 17, 2012 01:43PM
5 point multitouch? Yea because business are going to want the expense of fancy touch screen gestures etc for the office... And how practical is 5 fingers on a phone screen?
Guest_Jim_* on January 17, 2012 03:01PM
Windows 8 isn't meant for a phone. This requirement is for tablets.
SpeedCrazy on January 17, 2012 03:22PM
So it won't run on desktops? Great....
bp9801 on January 17, 2012 05:10PM
These are just the tablet requirements.

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