Windows 11 was recently announced by Microsoft along with some raised minimum requirements for the OS to run and a new PC Health Check Tool that tells “you why you can’t have a new OS.” But in addition to its minimum requirements, all new PCs and devices running on Windows 11 (except desktops) will require to have an HD forward-facing camera starting from January 1st, 2023.
According to the support document (via XDA-Developers), Microsoft will require all Windows 11 running PCs and devices to have a forward-facing camera (necessary)and a rear camera (optional). This camera requirement is necessary to boot and run windows, update and service windows, and for better user experience. The support document also clarified that all device types except desktop PCs should have a front-facing camera from January 1st, 2023.
Microsoft doesn’t only require Windows 11 running devices to have a front camera but also expects those cameras to have a high-quality (HD) or better resolution, the ability of auto exposure (AE), and auto white balance (AWB). Like Windows 10 web cameras it should also support 15 FPS capture in lighting conditions over 200 lux and 10 FPS for low light.
The company’s main focus is to provide security so a web camera requirement is needed for providing biometric security. But if we see the other side of it then there is a camera on each device and there may be a possibility, someone watching us.
This Windows 11 requirement of a front camera would increase the price of laptops. If you are thinking your current laptops are of no use from January 1st, 2023 then don’t worry as this requirement will apply only to new laptops sold by OEM’s. This requirement of HD cameras would eliminate the use of inferior cameras on laptops.
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