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  • Controversially, ARM-based tablet users won't be able to deactivate secure booting and (therefore) install another operating system. Clearly that's not gone down well with people -- and a straw poll of our editors agreed
  • Ctrl + Alt + Del for tablets without physical keyboards will be supplemented by Windows Key + Power.
  • There's a mandatory five points of touch -- which we already knew thanks to our hands on with Synaptics at CES.
  • If your gear has NFC, physical "touch marks" will be visible on the hardware so people know where to plonk their devices.
  • All tablets must have Power, Rotation Lock, Windows Key, Volume Up and Volume Down buttons.
  • After all operating system updates, there must be 10GB free space, all machines must run UFEI Firmware.
  • All hardware must include one USB 2.0 port, a magnetometer, speakers, Bluetooth 4.0, WLAN, gyroscope and accelerometer.

    ....

In my opinion this is fitting in with the approach microsoft is taking with the windows phone platform. Standardising hardware across the range to give a consistent user experience.

Source - http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/17/microsofts-windows-8-hardware-requirements/
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Good requirements are good. Except for the secure booting. I can understand why they want to keep it locked down (warranties and all that good stuff) but there should be an advanced user branch.

Want to install teh 'droid? NP
Just gotta sign here that you have no warranty.

................ <-sign here.
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The software base for ARM-based Windows is starting small. There is not the huge library of software on Windows ARM like with Windows x86. Basically, they won't draw the advanced users from Android, but they also will not draw the casual users from Apple. The whole secure boot with ARM is going to discourage the hacker community from embracing Windows ARM tablets/phones.
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The software base for ARM-based Windows is starting small. There is not the huge library of software on Windows ARM like with Windows x86. Basically, they won't draw the advanced users from Android, but they also will not draw the casual users from Apple. The whole secure boot with ARM is going to discourage the hacker community from embracing Windows ARM tablets/phones.

Exactly. Without it you could buy a Win8 tablet and if the software pool never developed, swap to Android - and at least they'd have the tablet sale. This way, you don't have that security. Far more "wait and see" types, I think will avoid it and go elsewhere rather than chance poor app support, because in today's market, apps are what make good tablets. Good tablets don't necessarily make apps.
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You forgot the source OP
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Good tablets don't necessarily make apps.

I disagree. If you have a good tablet and a good OS, more people will buy your product and thus catch developers' attention. In addition, good development tools make developers want to make apps for your platform. From what I've seen, Windows 8 has some great dev tools. I think Windows 8 is going to be a huge success.
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The software base for ARM-based Windows is starting small. There is not the huge library of software on Windows ARM like with Windows x86. Basically, they won't draw the advanced users from Android, but they also will not draw the casual users from Apple. The whole secure boot with ARM is going to discourage the hacker community from embracing Windows ARM tablets/phones.

I don't think apps will be a problem.
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BlueStacks is planning to bring over 400,000 Android applications to Windows 8 this year. The company originally released its "App Player" software for Windows 7 in October, but it's now compatible with Windows 8. Android apps will simply run as desktop apps under Windows 8, very much like the previous Windows 7 app, and without any porting required. In fact, BlueTracks claims it is the only program worldwide that can run native ARM-based or x86 Android apps on Windows PCs and tablets. Android's Market just hit the 400,000 mark, and BlueStacks hopes to bring the majority of them to Windows 8.

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post #8 of 28
I would have thought that the minimal tablet screen size would scale appropriately over all screen sizes.

Heh. Oh well, cheers to progress!
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So for everybody who might want Windows 8, and everybody not using UEFI, guess nobody is going to buy 8!
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So for everybody who might want Windows 8, and everybody not using UEFI, guess nobody is going to buy 8!

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