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Design Windows hardware

Customers demand user-friendly devices and expect them to meet the needs of multiple users. Family members share tablets, moving them from one set of hands to another. They want new devices that work out of the box without worrying how to turn on the device and get to the Start screen. Tech-savvy customer want a device’s design to reflect its technology – sleek and simple.

Check out this collection of Windows Hardware Design articles that have info about issues important for designers and driver developers who create products running Windows.

Guidelines and scenarios


Form factors

Form factors

One size fits all doesn't apply to people, or their devices. Explore how different form factors let our customers enjoy different devices without having to relearn Windows.

Buttons and connectors

Buttons and connectors

Finding buttons and connectors shouldn't be hard; it's all about location, location, location. Turn it on. Turn it up. And go.

Display

Display

Clarity. It's not just a state of mind. Learn how to maximize readability and touchability.

Peripherals

Peripherals

Prop up your device with a stand. Connect a keyboard. Enhance the modern device experience with tried and true peripherals.

Cameras

Cameras

Picture this... a camera that captures hopes, dreams, and history. It’s not a full multimedia (or life) experience without one.

Device interaction

Device interaction

A well-designed device doesn’t stay in its box… it goes places and becomes essential to work, home, and play.

Image customization

Image customization

Best practices ultimately provide consumers with a good Windows experience as soon as they unpack and power up their devices.

Connected standby

Connected standby

Learn about how this power model lets Windows PCs provide an instant-on, always-connected experience similar to smartphones and what’s required to support it.