Windows 8 requirements for tablets and convertible PCs

/ 5 years ago

Microsoft is most certainly determined to make Windows 8 a new tablet OS, the list of requirements is a quiet interesting read, although rather long to say the least. If you’re determined, you may read the 1000+ pages long article here.

The requirements not only state a minimum amount of buttons, but also the minimum component set any tablets or convertible PCs will need in order to use Windows 8.

For starters, Microsoft requires ‘5-point digitizers’, meaning it supports at least a hand of fingers on a screen at once. NFC “touchmarks” are also featured in Window 8, in which case any tablet or slat will have to have a sticker of similar signage averting the user of its NFC-capability.

Also required by Microsoft are 5 buttons minimum, which were very specifically detailed with them being Power, Rotation lock, Windows Key, Volume up and Volume down.

A new ‘combo’ has also been put place enforcing Windows 8 PCs joined to a domain and without keyboards to implement a new Ctrl+Alt+Del sequence. While users will still be able to use the on-screen keyboard, the new and quicker option is to press Windows Key + Power.

The following list is the bare minimum for future Windows 8 tablets/convertible PCs:

  • Storage: At least 10gb free space after the out-of-box experience completes
  • System firmware: UEFI
  • Networking: WLAN and Bluetooth 4.0 + LE (low energy)
  • Graphics: Direct3D 10 device w/ WDDM 1.2 driver
  • Resolution: 1366×768
  • Touch support: At least 5 touch points, must pass all tests
  • Camera: 720p
  • Ambient Light Sensor: 1-30k lux capable w/ dynamic range of 5-60K
  • Magnetometer
  • Accelerometer: 3 axes w/ data rates >= 50Hz
  • Gyroscope
  • USB 2.0: At least one controller and exposed port
  • Speakers

Additionally, Windows 8 running tablets will need to support no-reboot upgrades, including driver updates (supported since Vista) and graphic card upgrades.

Intel-compatible Windows 8 PCs will further require a 2 second resume time. Note that only Intel-compatible tablets have been subjected to this, thus leaving ARM out of the question, although nothing says this couldn’t change before the release.

Source: WithinWindows