At the Annual Shareholder's meeting, Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft went in his typical emotional form and stated that the company will scale down Windows 8 to smartphone level.
Given that Microsoft always touted that their goal is to bring a single operating system for all supported platforms, we were expecting smartphone announcement for quite some time now. Originally, Microsoft planned Windows 8 to use the minimal operating resolution of 1280x720, which is the resolution of several upcoming smartphones, but with that restriction being relaxed, there is no reason why you could not run the Metro UI on a smartphone, for example.
Not on the 800x480 pixel resolution ones, but 960x540 might be doable. In any case, 2012 will see the arrival of Windows 8 on a lot of devices, ranging from cash machines and automation tools (Windows 8 Embedded) to smartphones, tablets, notebooks and desktops, followed by Windows 8-based operating system for servers.
You can listen to the audio below, watch for statement coming from the 18th second onwards:
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