Windows 8 tablet requirements exposed; Ctrl-Alt-Del replaced

“A scouring of Microsoft’s Windows 8 hardware requirements document has uncovered very specific conditions for Windows 8 tablets,” Electronista reports.

“Every slate will need at least a 1366×768 display with five-point multi-touch, ruling out the cheaper displays used on some Windows 7 tablets,” Electronista reports. “In a symbolic change of the times, the company will also require that the familiar Ctrl-Alt-Delete shortcut for managing logins and the OS be replaced with a Windows Key-plus-power command instead.”

Electronista reports, “Tablets will have no more than five buttons beyond any keyboard they might have, including the Windows Key and basic volume, power, and rotation controls. They will also need UEFI firmware where it’s optional on the desktop, at least a 720p camera, and a host of sensors for movement and light. At least Bluetooth 4.0 and one “exposed” USB 2.0 port will be present…”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Better to set some minimum standards than to have none at all.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

23 Comments

  1. No Ctrl-Alt-Delete!? That’s tragic! I hope they can still shut down using the “Start” menu. Windows users will be lost if their tablets have any hint of a logical or user-friendly interface.

  2. “the OS be replaced with a Windows Key-plus-power command instead.”

    Electronista reports, “Tablets will have no more than five buttons beyond any keyboard they might have, including the Windows Key and basic volume, power, and rotation controls. ”

    Isn’t that the iPad setup? A Home Button is now remapped to a “Windows Key”, a volume rocker, a power button and a rotation switch. And, isn’t the reboot command, a combo of Home key and power button, which is exactly what they’ve done with a “Windows key” and power button combo.

    I guess shameless copying is the order of the day.

  3. The real shortcut for Ctrl alt delete will be just to bang your head against the thing untill it reboots or smashes into little bits.

    Pretty standard windows user experience imho.

  4. Guys, don’t you know? The “Ctrl Alt Delete” will still be there. You just turn the tablet face-down and shake it vigorously and its motion sensor will read that as “Ctrl Alt Delete”. Mind you, it is Winderz so it’ll likely not know the difference between being shaken face side up or face side down. Imagine, there’s the poor slob working away on his tablet in a Starbucks and somebody “accidentally” bumps into him and deletes all the work he’s done ’cause Auto-Save isn’t quite working yet! BWA-HA-HA-HA!

  5. Hey Stevie is getting rid of Ctrl-alt-delete and going to Windoze Key-plus-power command for a good reason-psycological warfare! Windoze Key +Power=Windoze Power on the subliminal level. Just think of all the times that particular combination of keys will be used! In no time the masses will be brainwashed to equate Windoze with Power! Fiendishly clever of Stevie Balmy to change the Key combination. 🙂

  6. Electronista reports, “Tablets will have no more than five buttons beyond any keyboard they might have, including the Windows Key and basic volume, power, and rotation controls. ”

    So based on this, some tablets will have a full 80 key keyboard, plus no more than 5 buttons???

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