Microsoft improves Windows 10 hardware requirements

By: Vamien McKalin
2 minute read

Microsoft wants the world to be impressed with Windows 10. One of the ways to do that is to force OEMs to create better hardware, the type that runs hand-in-hand with the operating system to provide the performance users can enjoy.

Before the release of Windows 10 back in 2015, the software giant laid out the minimum hardware requirements for the operating system. With these requirements, users can experience fairly decent performance overall. However, as time goes by and the operating system matures, Microsoft is again altering the minimum requirements to reflect those changes.

The changes are mainly focused on screen size: Windows 10 OEMs can now create devices with a screen size as small as 7-inches to run the desktop version of the operating system.

In terms of the mobile operating system, the screen size needs to be no more than 9-inches. Now, we’ve seen some huge smartphones, but a device with a 9-inch screen is something we do not believe will happen any time soon. Then again, screens are getting bigger each year, so it is possible a 9-inch Windows 10 Mobile handset could hit the market in the near future.

Another minor change to the minimum hardware requirement needed to run Windows 10 is a bump from 1GB RAM to 2GB. Gone are the days when just 1GB of RAM was good enough to help keep an operating system from folding in on itself.

It will be interesting to see how OEMs develop Windows 10 devices in the near future now that Microsoft has given them more freedom. We definitely wouldn’t mind seeing a 9-inch Windows 10 Mobile smartphone in the near future.


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