At Worldwide Partner Conference held earlier this week, Microsoft revealed some new hardware requirements for Windows 8.1 certified devices. Windows 8.1 certified devices will have support for NFC and biometric authentication, “Precision Touchpads, portrait mode improvements and InstantGo ( new name for connected standby).
During a session for Microsoft reseller partners entitled “How to talk to customers about Windows devices,” Microsoft officials talked about some of the new hardware features that Windows 8.1 and subsequent releases will support.
As we’ve been hearing at vaious Microsoft conferences over the past couple months, Microsoft is working closely with OEMs on making sure new touch-enabled, lighter, thinner, faster devices with longer battery life, support for “modern” security, connectivity and new sensors will be coming to market. Starting later this year, these machines will make use of the new features Microsoft is building into Windows 8.1, including support for NFC and biometric authentication; new portrait-mode enhancements; and InstantGo (the renamed and updated Connected Standby capability) to allow devices to turn on instantly and keep apps up-to-date.
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