MICROSOFT'S POISONED chalice, Windows, is getting its first base specification boost since 2009.
Users of the Anniversary Update will now require a minimum 2GB of RAM for the 32-bit edition, bringing it into line with the 64-bit version.
Don't panic, your 1GB lappy will still work, but it's certainly recommended that you look to upgrade it for better performance. And in most cases that just means a few quid and a five-minute job with a screwdriver and a pair of Marigold gloves.
Crucial, one of the largest providers of RAM upgrades, told us: “We know that opening your computer to install memory may seem intimidating, but it’s not.
"Whether it takes you five or 15 minutes, it doesn’t take long to physically install memory because it doesn’t require computer skills. If you can replace the batteries in your TV remote, you can replace the memory in your laptop. To put it simply, if you can operate a screwdriver, you can install your own memory.”
Specification hikes don't happen lightly, even for Microsoft, but it will probably please OEMs which might get the odd purchase of a new machine out of it.
Additionally, any new systems shipping after the anniversary must have the Trusted Platform Module 2.0. This won't really affect anyone but makers, but suffice to say Microsoft now insists on version 2.0, whereas previously 1.0 would do.
And then there's screen size, where a rather funny thing has happened. From now on, Windows 10 proper will be allowed on any screen of 7in or larger, while Windows 10 Mobile will be allowed on any screen of 9in or smaller.
Not only does that reignite the whole 'When does a tablet become a phablet become a phone?' debate, it makes us wonder exactly what plans Microsoft has for Windows 10 Mobile.
We know the platform is doing absolutely bobbins, recent market share figures showed just 0.7 per cent, but the most recent spec jump still neglected to include support for 64-bit ARM chips, begging the question as to who in the heck would want an ARM-powered phablet/tablet anyway? µ
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