In a move that could hint at smaller Windows tablets in the near future that will compete against the likes of the Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini, Microsoft has made a significant change to its hardware certification guidelines for Windows 8 devices.
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According to these new set of guidelines, for a device to be certified as a Windows 8 tablet, the minimum resolution it need to support is 1024×768 pixels at a depth of 32 bits from the previous minimum resolution of 1366×768 pixels. Also Read - Nintendo Direct E3 2021: Metroid Dread, Mario Party Superstars, a new Legend of Zelda and more
This move will allow companies to develop inexpensive Windows tablets with resolutions similar to ones seen on the Nexus 7, iPad Mini or the Kindle Fire, opening a whole new market for the Redmond-based company. In addition to inexpensive tablets, companies will also be able to develop tablet with a screen ratio of 16:10 or 4:3 which is easier to hold and use in the portrait-mode compared to the current Windows 8 devices. Also Read - Windows 11 leaked online: Centralised start menu, revamped UI, new widgets, here's what to expect
This change in guidelines also brings with it one big hurdle. The Snap feature on Windows 8 that allows a user to view two Windows apps side-by-side will be disabled by default and according to the announcement, companies will have to disclose the loss of Snap on the box.
The guidelines seem to have come into effect immediately which means that there could be host of 7- or 8-inch tablets launching when Microsoft finally releases Windows Blue.