Some Windows OEMs showed off coming small form-factor Windows 8 tablets as part of Computex this week.
Microsoft didn't take the wraps off its rumored 8-inch Surface at the show. But company did share few more tidbits about some of the changes the company is making to Windows 8 with the 8.1 "Blue" release that will potentially make these smaller devices more usable.
One of the key changes Microsoft is touting for this coming generation of devices is improved portrait-mode support. Windows Corporate Vice President of Program Management Antoine Lebond explained what's coming on the portrait-mode front during his remarks at Computex this week:
"(W)e did some work in Windows 8.1 to have portrait-specific Start screen layouts that work much better. All of the apps that are in the box actually work just as well in portrait mode as they work in landscape.
"We did some work at the device interface level around edge detection and things like that to make it easier to have smaller bezels on these devices so that OEMs and folks who build devices like this could build exactly the kinds of devices they want, and Windows 8.1 will be great on them."
That's good news for anyone who has been frustrated when trying to use their Surface RT or Pro -- or other Windows 8 or Windows RT tablets -- in portrait mode to no avail.