Microsoft updates hardware requirements for Windows 10 Mobile and desktop editions

Microsoft is working hard to push Windows 10 to users on both the Mobile and desktop versions of the operating system by rolling out the update to supported devices as well as encouraging OEMs to build new Windows 10 machines. Now, the company has made some slight changes to the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 10 in order to facilitate OEMs, allowing them more options when building a machine that runs Microsoft's latest OS out of the box. As can be seen, the update in the minimum hardware requirements primarily concerns the displays of devices. From now on, the screen size for Windows 10 desktop editions which include tablets, 2-in-1s, laptops, and All-in-ones can be as small as 7-inches. This requirement previously stated that at least 8-inches of display was necessary for to run desktop versions of Windows 10.

However, for Windows 10 Mobile devices, Microsoft has increased the upper bound to 9-inches of display, which is a notable increase from the previous 7.99-inch screen size maximum.

Other than the aforementioned changes, the company has also modified the RAM and storage requirements for desktop editions of Windows 10. Microsoft now states that all devices must have at least 2 GB of RAM, whereas the system requirements previously stated that 32-bit and 64-bit machines require 1 GB and 2 GB of RAM, respectively.

Most of these updates in the minimum specifications requirements arguably allow OEMs more freedom to develop Windows 10 devices and it will be interesting to see how they adapt to the changes.

In a statement, Microsoft revealed that the Windows 10 Anniversary update introduced a new Internet Explorer group policy that limits the browser's usage exclusively to sites on the Enterprise Mode Site List. If Microsoft has its way, developers will create millions of Universal Windows Platform apps that run on either platform.

The Redmond-based company will also continue to develop Windows 10 Mobile, which may be seen next in the alleged Microsoft Surface Phone.

It should be said that Windows 10 has been well received by new users and is considered a big improvement on previous versions of Windows. Previously updates have been published to both the Microsoft Download Center and the Microsoft Update Catalog, but in the next few months the Download Center will be depreciated.

"One of the guiding principles of the devices vision is that it's not just about the device itself, but what you're able to get done with it", Samuli Hänninen, General Manager, Windows Devices Group said. The categories and arrangement of the apps have been organised clearer with new individual app listings page design.

Manufacturers planning to run Windows 10 Mobile on a phone can do so now on a maximum screen size of 9 inches.



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