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Microsoft Releases Windows RT Hardware Compatibility List

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Over 30,000 devices compatible with Surface tablet.

Microsoft has released the Windows RT hardware compatibility list for its Surface tablet, including devices such as cameras, printers, scanners and graphics cards.

The firm lists a total of 30,779 pieces of hardware as "compatible" on its website, which ranges from Apple's keyboard, mouse and trackpad to Microsoft's Xbox 360 controller. There is a total of 12,895 devices that won't work with Windows RT.

For example, Microsoft's range of its USB LifeCam HD webcams it has been trying to push for years won't work with the tablet. Surface users will have to settle for the device's two internal 720p cameras.

Should a device be compatible with Surface, Microsoft showcases a green check mark next to. If it's not compatible, a red X next to a picture of the product is shown.

Microsoft is encouraging community activity such as ratings in case it offered false information or wrote "No Info Yet" next to a certain product.

 Check out our Hands-on with the Surface RT here. If you haven't yet seen it, check out Jane's unboxing session with the Microsoft Surface tablet.

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    chewy1963 , November 1, 2012 7:31 PM
    Zak, this article is about Microsoft, not Apple. Did someone else's assignment get lost in your inbox? :lol: 
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    damianrobertjones , November 1, 2012 8:46 PM
    P.s. It's hardly critical for a webcam to work when... the device itself has... a webcam.
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    jacobdrj , November 1, 2012 7:27 PM
    I love how MS is the 1st to drop their own products. Happened with their joysticks back in the day. And their routers... And now their webcams...
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    chewy1963 , November 1, 2012 7:31 PM
    Zak, this article is about Microsoft, not Apple. Did someone else's assignment get lost in your inbox? :lol: 
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    house70 , November 1, 2012 7:32 PM
    jacobdrjI love how MS is the 1st to drop their own products. Happened with their joysticks back in the day. And their routers... And now their webcams...

    ...forgot the WP7 devices.

    So what is this, a BYOD type of thing? That would be cool if it were so (kinda like how Windows works).
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    Estix , November 1, 2012 8:00 PM
    Support for the 360 controllers is a great touch; I hope some of the game devs make use of it :) 
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    damianrobertjones , November 1, 2012 8:46 PM
    jacobdrjI love how MS is the 1st to drop their own products. Happened with their joysticks back in the day. And their routers... And now their webcams...


    Who is to say that they won't eventually work?
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    damianrobertjones , November 1, 2012 8:46 PM
    P.s. It's hardly critical for a webcam to work when... the device itself has... a webcam.
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    hate machine , November 1, 2012 9:09 PM
    jacobdrjI love how MS is the 1st to drop their own products. Happened with their joysticks back in the day. And their routers... And now their webcams...


    I really needed this on my Surface Microsoft! Support for a wired Webcam to replace my built in Webcam.

    Thanks for not wasting my storage on pointless drivers Microsoft... I really wanted to lock out a few MBs on my device. Damn you MICROSOFT!
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    bloc97 , November 1, 2012 10:26 PM
    Hehe... now lets get into custom-built tablets. :D 
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    DRosencraft , November 1, 2012 11:21 PM
    bloc97Hehe... now lets get into custom-built tablets.


    Not sue if I'd be happy or disappointed about that, given how long many have been waiting for real aftermarket customization of notebooks. But, I suppose it wouldn't be terrible - having options can very rarely be bad. However, I expect this is more for repair purposes than custom building.
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    xendrome , November 1, 2012 11:26 PM
    So am I missing something or did they just write a story about a hardware compatibility list and fail to include a link to the list... this site is total fail about 99% of the time...
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    xendrome , November 1, 2012 11:28 PM
    Here's the link - http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/compatibility/winrt/CompatCenter/Home
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    alextheblue , November 2, 2012 12:24 AM
    xendromeHere's the link - http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/win [...] enter/Home
    Thanks. I scanned the article a couple of times before realizing he didn't post the link to the compatibility list.

    :/ 
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    ojas , November 2, 2012 6:59 AM
    xendromeSo am I missing something or did they just write a story about a hardware compatibility list and fail to include a link to the list... this site is total fail about 99% of the time...

    Mostly just the Zak/Wolfgang articles are of the fail variety. At times Kevin Parish. Jane and Catherine write well...so does Doug. I think i'm missing someone.

    The core hardware editors are simply badass :D 
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    zhongl03 , November 2, 2012 10:24 AM
    jacobdrjI love how MS is the 1st to drop their own products. Happened with their joysticks back in the day. And their routers... And now their webcams...


    When you see another TABLET OS comes with comparable list of supported hardwares, then we'll talk.