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Windows 8.1 Targets Mobile Devices

Acer W3-810 Windows 8 8.1 inch tablet

The Windows operating system has been a staple of desktops, laptops and other non-touch devices. But according to a report from BGR, the new version of the operating system, the Windows 8.1, is now tailored to run on tablets. This explains why the new version of the OS is currently equipped with features that can function better in tablets and other touch devices.

The Changes

ZDNet noted that Microsoft has adjusted its display resolution guidelines to match the requirements of smaller tablets that can be used to function as traditional PC with full access to MS-Office. The source said that Windows 8.1 specifically supports the 1280 x 800 resolution and screen size of small tablets so modern apps can run efficiently. The article added that every configuration option of the OS has undergone a facelift in a touch-friendly style that doesn’t require visiting the desktop every now and then.

The Question

BGR raised a question whether consumers will buy the new product of Microsoft. It cited as an example the case of the Surface which had PC-like capabilities that did not sell well. Thus, it would be great to see if consumers will have a better response on something that that has been done before with the exception of the smaller size and lesser cost.

In the concluding statements ZDnet, it said that Microsoft’s gamble is that Windows users will see [PC capabilities] as a positive, rather than as needless complexity. They’re betting that frugal PC buyers will be attracted to the possibility of versatile devices. But in a world where we’ve become used to thinking of small, cheap devices as disposable, single-purpose tools, can that philosophy succeed?

The answer to the question posed by the sources remains to be seen when the Windows 8.1 tablets start rolling out in the near future.

Sources: BGR and ZDNet

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