Microsoft recently updated its hardware guidelines for Windows 8 to now support devices with a resolution of 1024 x 768, ZDNET’s Ed Bott discovered. Ultimately, that means we may see smaller displays. Right now Microsoft’s hardware partners need to provide a display with a resolution of 1366 x 768, and Bott suggests that this means it’s entirely possible for manufacturers to develop 7-inch Windows tablets now, since that’s a popular resolution in the smaller tab space.
Microsoft could do well in the 7-inch tablet space where it would fight against rivals Samsung, Apple, Asus, Amazon and other firms, all of which have sub $300 tablets that are relatively well known among consumers. The Redmond-based company’s Surface RT and Surface with Windows 8 Pro tablets haven’t been exactly flying off of store shelves, and perhaps a lower-priced tablet could start garnering greater consumer interest.