Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore revealed via Twitter today that Windows 10 devices with a screen size less than 8-inches will not have a desktop. This means phones, phablets, and small tablets will not have a desktop. On the flip side, the desktop will only be made available to devices greater than 8-inches. You can see the tweet embedded below.
The HP Stream 7, for example, features a 7-inch display as well as an Intel Atom processor, but will have a desktop when it comes time for Windows 10. It appears that this change affects new devices running Windows 10, rather than existing devices which can upgrade to Windows 10. It will be curious to see how Microsoft implements this new desktop-requirement for small screen tablets, phablets, and phones.
@marypcbuk @jackschofield @ExNokian @sbisson @dinabass 8″ & up = “desktop” w/ win32 apps. < 8" = phones, phablets, sm tablets. No dsktp.
— joebelfiore (@joebelfiore) January 26, 2015
Folks asking about updating 7″ *existing* devices to Win10 — you keep your desktop, you get continuum. Go try it yourself now! 🙂
— joebelfiore (@joebelfiore) January 27, 2015
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect what Belfiore has added. Existing small screen devices can upgrade to Windows 10, keeping the desktop. We’re not sure how this will play out. Stay tuned.