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.
So what is this, a BYOD type of thing? That would be cool if it were so (kinda like how Windows works).
Who is to say that they won't eventually work?
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!
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.