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While Microsoft continues to release exciting new details about their updated OS Windows 8.1, previewers are realizing what a huge improvement it really is.
Of course, with Windows 8.1’s native support for Miracast wireless displays, NFC (near field communication) capabilities, Internet sharing, biometric authentication and Wi-Fi Direct print; you would expect some specific hardware requirements.
In order for Windows 8.1 users to achieve the increased security, enhanced video conferencing, and increased reliability of Windows 8.1, required hardware is a necessity. Without it the operating system won’t run smoothly. Some of these must-have add-ons will take effect as early as January 2014, so make sure you’re prepared!
What You’ll Need By January 2014
Voice and Video Communication
Hardware Updates to Ensure Security, Connectivity and The “Coolness Factor”
What You’ll Need By January 2015
According to Microsoft, all certified Windows devices will require TPM 2.0. (Made by Trusted Computing Group.). OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) must collaborate with Microsoft, as well as their hardware suppliers, and determine a TPM 2.0 hardware interface that can be supported by Windows 8.1.
Microsoft Works Closely With OEMs
Microsoft has been working hard with OEMs to ensure new touch-enabled, thinner, lighter, and faster devices. New Windows 8.1 devices will have a longer battery life, as well as increased security and connectivity.
Later this year, new Windows machines will include all the new features required by Windows 8.1. All OEM machines must meet the hardware requirements before they can obtain a Windows 8.1 certified standard.
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