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.]


  1. Ctrl-Alt-Del was invented at the end of 70s. At the time, Jimmy Carter was the American president; Valéry Giscard d’Estaing was the French president, and Margaret Thacher just got elected as the UK Prime Minister. Some 32 years had passed. And Microsoft’s desktop computers will surely continue to use Ctrl-Alt-Del until they are extinct (likely, a few years from now). Leave it to Microsoft to extend legacy support three decades back…

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