You won’t be able to run Windows 11 without a webcam

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  • Microsoft just keeps coming up with more and more requirements for devices that will run Windows 11.
  • After learning that Bluetooth and Precision Touchpad are a must, Microsoft reveals that webcams will also be a must, soon.
  • Not just any camera will cut it, as the tech company says, it must be an HD device, with Auto-Exposure.
  • Another specification to keep in mind is that the webcam needs to have a 1280x720 resolution, with more than 15 FPS.
Windows 11 laptop webcam requirement

One of the main focuses of Microsoft, with the official launch of Windows 11, is actually improving performance, and productivity, among others, according to the tech company.

Keep in mind that, even though Microsoft made all these promises about the new OS, the device you are planning to run it on must meet some requirements, in order to properly function.

You need a webcam for your Windows 11 laptop, from 2023

While many of the specifications that Microsoft underlined during this official event are standard, some will become necessities a bit later.

If you have read Microsoft’s documentation, then you most likely know that the file also contained a webcam requirement.

For the moment, Microsoft says that both the front and rear-facing webcams are optional. The tech giant adds that all devices, except for PCs, will be required to have a forward-facing webcam in the near future.

However, this requirement will become mandatory starting with the 1st of January, 2023, a fact which will most likely force many of the manufacturers to also include a webcam in devices like laptops or tablets.

Microsoft doesn’t just want a regular camera on your laptop

During Windows 11’s major unveil event, Microsoft also stated that the webcam required should have a High-Definition resolution or better.

What this means is that Microsoft is expecting 720p with a resolution of 1280 x 720 and 1:1 aspect ratio. Even more, the tech company also wants the webcam to have support for auto white balance and auto exposure.

Before closing, Microsoft also made public another set of rules for devices that will come with a dedicated camera button.

More exactly, the camera button must be able to wake up the device when needed. With all this being said, Microsoft will give manufacturers the freedom to include either a dual-action camera or a single-action camera.

What is your take on all the requirements that Microsoft wants users to complete before using Windows 11? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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