While I had a word with Microsoft Windows team members in this Spring and last Fall, they were pretty much sure of one thing, if they need to sell a Software they must make sure there is no need to purchase and additional hardware.
This strategy has proven to be very successful and helped products like Windows 7, Office 2010 become one of the best selling software from Microsoft’s Kitchen even after there were not positive response for Windows Vista.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview should run on the same hardware that powers Windows 7 today. Microsoft has again been retracing these parameters and had ensured end user is not required to upgrade their hardware, only software. Here are the System requirements for Windows 8 :
- 1 GHz or faster processor
- 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
- 1024 x 768 minimum screen resolution
However, there are some additional requirements to use certain features:
- To use the Snap feature, you will need a PC with a 1366×768 resolution or higher.
- To use touch, you’ll need a multitouch-capable laptop, tablet, or display.
- An Internet connection to try out the Windows Store, to download and install apps, and to take your settings and files with you from one Windows 8 PC to another.
more details on Widnows 8 System Requirements available @ http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/02/29/running-the-consumer-preview-system-recommendations.aspx