Microsoft wants OEMs to build ultra-slim, ultra-powerful Windows 10 PCs

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

Windows 10 now runs on 25% of the world’s computers, but Microsoft wants it to dominate the market this year. The Redmond giant’s main weapon in this process is the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update, expected to arrive in April.

Microsoft also needs powerful hardware that will allow users to fully experience all the new Creators Update features. For this reason, the company recently gave OEMs a series of suggestions regarding the specs and capabilities of the upcoming Windows 10 devices.

Cool designs, new experiences and better performance

Microsoft believes that modern PCs should have appealing design and be powerful enough to support Windows 10’s innovative features, such as Windows Hello, Cortana and Touch & Pen.

Windows 10 laptops and two-in-one devices need to be ultra-slim and their corresponding peripherals should highlight Windows 10’s Cortana, Hello, and Ink experiences.

Microsoft is continuing to build on the success of Windows 10 and delivering exciting platform investments that inspire hardware innovation and deliver differentiated value to our customers.

Microsoft is most likely planning to integrate VR directly into Windows 10 and for this reason, OEMs should manufacture Windows 10 PCs that can support mixed-reality peripherals. Actually, the company believes OEMs should focus on 4 main types of hardware:

  • PCs for the modern creator: Two-in-one detachables with flawless pen and touch capabilities.
  • Modern peripherals for everyone: Any type of peripherals for the general public that are Cortana, Hello, and/or Ink-compatible.
  • PCs to power mixed reality: Microsoft wants to make mixed reality more popular and affordable. To achieve this, it needs cheaper third-party Windows Holographic headsets and computers.
  • PCs for gamers and media fanatics: Microsoft wants OEMs to build more computers capable of delivering the ultimate graphics experience for gamers and movie fans.

For more information about Microsoft’s recommendations to OEMs, check out the video below:


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