Microsoft is working hard to push Windows 10 to users on both the Mobile and desktop versions of the operating system by rolling out the update to supported devices as well as encouraging OEMs to build new Windows 10 machines. Now, the company has made some slight changes to the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 10 in order to facilitate OEMs, allowing them more options when building a machine that runs Microsoft's latest OS out of the box.
As can be seen, the update in the minimum hardware requirements primarily concerns the displays of devices. From now on, the screen size for Windows 10 desktop editions which include tablets, 2-in-1s, laptops, and All-in-ones can be as small as 7-inches. This requirement previously stated that at least 8-inches of display was necessary for to run desktop versions of Windows 10.
However, for Windows 10 Mobile devices, Microsoft has increased the upper bound to 9-inches of display, which is a notable increase from the previous 7.99-inch screen size maximum.
Other than the aforementioned changes, the company has also modified the RAM and storage requirements for desktop editions of Windows 10. Microsoft now states that all devices must have at least 2 GB of RAM, whereas the system requirements previously stated that 32-bit and 64-bit machines require 1 GB and 2 GB of RAM, respectively.
Most of these updates in the minimum specifications requirements arguably allow OEMs more freedom to develop Windows 10 devices and it will be interesting to see how they adapt to the changes.