Microsoft revealed some hardware “considerations” for its Windows 8 operating system on Thursday.
The software giant unveiled a number of Windows 8 ARM-based tablet prototype devices during a technical demonstration at Computex on Thursday. Mike Angiulo, corporate vice president of Windows Planning, Hardware and PC Ecosystem at Microsoft, also revealed some hardware details for Windows 8 partners.
Microsoft has some recommendations on bezel sizes for Windows 8 slate and tablet devices. The company showed a slide, named Windows 8 Touch considerations, during its partner preview event, detailing edge to edge glass and first pixel sensitivity. Microsoft wasn’t clear on whether these are requirements for ARM tablets, Acer complained earlier this week that the company wanted to “control” the whole process.
Microsoft also detailed minimum resolutions for its new user interface. 1024×768 will be the absolute minimum for the new user interface, anything lower will run in the classic desktop mode. The company says that 1366×768 is the optimum resolution for devices.
Finally, Microsoft also detailed support for OEM activation 3.0 and new sensor support. WinRumors previously revealed that the company was working on OEM BIOS activation (OA) 3.0. The new technology will further protect devices against activation hackers.Illegal copies of Windows have been widely circulated thanks to mechanisms created to bypass Microsoft’s OEM activation certificates. Windows Vista and Windows 7, which both rely on OA version 2.0, have fallen victim to activation cracks and bypass methods.
Windows 8 includes a sensor control panel that is believed to provide greater use of existing hardware to act as a sensor for the operating system, including support for new hardware sensors that OEMs can incorporate into future products.
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