Microsoft Imposes Hardware Requirements for Tablet Computers with Windows

Microsoft Wants Tablet Makers to Follow Hardware Guidelines

by Anton Shilov
05/31/2011 | 11:34 PM

In a bid to ensure the best possible consumer experience, Microsoft Corp. reportedly imposes rather strict hardware requirements on tablet PCs running Microsoft Windows operating system (OS). While manufacturers of personal computers in slate form-factor seem to understand Microsoft's intentions, the requirements make it harder for the companies to create devices and offer choice for consumers.

 

“They are really controlling the whole thing, the whole process. Chip suppliers and PC makers all feel it is very troublesome,” said J.T. Wang, the chairman and chief executive officer of Acer, in an interview with Bloomberg news-agency.

The highly-ranking executive did not outline actual restrictions that Microsoft imposes, but it is clear that any requirements lower manufacturers' flexibility.

It is known that Microsoft imposed certain requirements for PCs featuring Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems for personal computers. The software giant also imposed strict guidelines for smartphones powered by Windows Phone 7 operating systems. Manufacturers have to install certain processors, certain amount of memory and flash as well as use screens with no less than 480*800 resolution. As a result of such demands from Microsoft, there are no truly affordable Windows Phone 7-based handsets at the moment.

Microsoft is projected to unveil its first Windows operating system for tablets this week.

Although strict hardware requirements ensure that the software runs smoothly and is free of issues (as Microsoft may tailor its OS for particular software), the lack of low-end devices with reduced capabilities generally does not allow the platform to become popular among volume users.

Microsoft did not comment on the news-story.