A specification of devices running on the Windows 10 Mobile operating system has been changed. The maximum screen size is now 9 inches. This change was brought about by Microsoft discreetly, so the precise date of its effectivity is not known.

Recently, Microsoft’s MSDN page showed that the maximum screen size for the OS devices was 7.99 inches. The company also allowed devices with display screens as small as 7 inches, with the handsets powered by the Windows 10 desktop operating system, reports Phone Arena.

Previously, the low-end limit for Windows 10 desktop devices was 8 inches. The limit for tablets running Windows 10 Pro was 7 inches. It is interesting to know that the company has brought about changes in screen sizes. Speculations are rife that Microsoft is now working on a new brand that would run the same OS. The new brand is rumored to comprise Surface devices that would be launched next year.

Allegedly, the idea for Surface phones came about after the success of Surface Book, which is now being compared to Apple’s MacBook and Google’s Chromebook.

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Back in 2014, Microsoft said that it would give Windows 10 free to OEM building tablets and phones that have screen sizes of not more than 9 inches.

It would be more interesting to see if Microsoft would also allow OEMs to run Windows 10 Mobile on Intel-based devices. The company even announced last year that the OS would work on both Intel- and ARM-powered small tablets.

At present, the OS runs on ARM-based devices, according to the spec list. Recently, Intel announced that it is temporarily moving away from the mobile phone or tablet market, notes ZDNet.

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