Although it shouldn’t be a surprise, it’s good to see that Microsoft has implemented a simple recertification process for a wide variety of device types.
Certified Windows 8 devices and drivers can be resubmitted for Windows 8.1
Digital Video Camera
Digital Media Renderer
Digital Still Camera
Distribution Scan Management Enabled Device
Enterprise WSD Multifunction Printer
Hard Drive – HDD, SSD
Smart Card Reader
Storage Controller (Client)
Storage Spaces Adapter (Client)
Storage Spaces Drive
Storage Spaces Enclosure
Windows 8 certified devices in the table above qualify for a reduced set of testing for a Windows 8.1 certification if:
- The device was previously certified for Windows 8.
- The device’s binaries haven’t changed since the submission for Windows 8. Only the INF is updated to reflect the new Windows version.
Now that we are a week out from Build 2013, no doubt more information will be coming to light on what additional hardware enhancements Windows 8.1 will support.