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Tablets running Windows Phone now allowed by Microsoft

Posted at 08 August 2014 17:17 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Documents from Microsoft reveal the company now allows manufacturers to make tablets running Windows Phone. Microsoft now also offers manufacturers the possibility to use firmware without phone functionality.

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The company offers firmware from which it has removed all functionality related to calling and connections to mobile networks and calls it the ‘Wifi Feature Pack’. The information is posted on the Microsoft website on a page for manufacturers.

On the same page Microsoft states it from now on allows screen sizes of 6.01″ to 7″ with a fixed resolution of 1280×768 pixels. Both changes combined means that manufacturers are able and allowed to make up to 7 inch tablets using Windows Phone. Until now, Microsoft only allowed Windows Phone on Phones.

With Windows RT the company already has an operating system optimized for tablets and it seems that’s the only OS the company allows on 10″ tablets. Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS both run on tablets and phones.

The change is another signal that Microsoft wants unify its operating systems. Microsoft’s CEO Nadella already announced the company would merge all its major Windows versions into one.

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roadworker
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Posted on: 08 Aug 14 22:14
    So they wanna broaden their marketshare that way now they see that windows phone is a fail.....
    TSJnachos117
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    Posted on: 11 Aug 14 02:09
      Quote:
      On the same page Microsoft states it from now on allows screen sizes of 6.01? to 7? with a fixed resolution of 1280×768 pixels.
      It seems to me it shouldn't matter what size or resolution the phones/tablets have. IMHO, that should be non of Microsoft's business, even if the devices run Microsoft software.

      Of course, I would recommend anyone who values privacy stay away from mobile devices running ANY Microsoft software, even small seemingly-harmless games. Companies like MS seem to hate your privacy.

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