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Microsoft Releases Windows 8 Tablet Requirements

Microsoft recently released hardware requirements for tablet computer makers planning to apply Microsoft's latest cross-platform operating system. The company provided design and hardware features that devices must have to receive Microsoft certification.

The company provided a PDF file that includes all details and other interesting requirements. For example, a Windows 8 tablet device must have "five control buttons" including rotation lock, power, Windows key, volume up and volume down keys.

The company also clarified the "convertible" form factor to convert the tablet computer to a laptop PC. "A convertible form factor is defined as a standalone device that combines the PC, display and rechargeable power source with a mechanically attached keyboard and pointing device in a single chassis," reports Know Your Mobile.

Display requirements specify that the device must have minimum native resolution/color and its depth must be 1366x768 at a depth of 32bits. Also, its physical dimensions have to match the aspect ratio of the native resolution. Whereas, the display panel's native resolution can be better than 1366 horizontally and 768 vertically.

The company has not left any aspect untouched and have covered almost everything that is important - and not so important. This list may be found on the Official Microsoft Dev Centre.