To encourage greater uptake among its partners, the company has revealed a subtle change in its Windows 8 hardware requirement specifications, finally opening the door for smaller tablet devices.
The minimum display resolution for a Windows 8/RT device has now been cut from the current 1366 x 768 to 1024 x 769, meaning 7 to 8-inch devices may be in the pipeline.
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Higher res, smaller screens
Although some manufacturers may choose to take it there, the company made clear that it doesn't doesn't want low-res 10-inch tablets. It wants high-res, smaller tablets like the Nexus 7 (1280 x 800).
Within the Windows Certification Newsletter the company wrote: "We're changing the System.Client.Tablet.Graphics.MinimumResolution requirement to create a consistent minimum resolution of 1024 x 768 at a depth of 32 bits across all Windows 8 system form factors. The physical dimensions of the display panel must still match the aspect ratio of the native resolution.
"This doesn't imply that we're encouraging partners to regularly use a lower screen resolution. In fact, we see customers embracing the higher resolution screens that make a great Windows experience. We understand that partners exploring designs for certain markets could find greater design flexibility helpful."
Will we see a Microsoft-branded 7-inch slate to accompany the Surface and the Surface Pro at the company's Build conference in June? Is a flagship third-party device also on the way? Stay tuned.