According to latest modifications that surfaced in the Windows certification newsletter, Microsoft has changed the minimum resolution requirements from 1,366×768 to 1024×768 pixels for 32 bit systems. The changes were first noticed by ZDNet’s Ed Bott.

Microsoft did indicate that lowering the resolution doesn’t necessarily mean that it is encouraging partners to build devices that use the lower screen resolution. Microsoft does leave a cryptic message though indicating that there might be a smaller screen size tablet in the works. “We understand that partners exploring designs for certain markets could find greater design flexibility helpful.”

The only logical reason we believe for reduction in the screen size is to make way for smaller tablet devices. Currently the Surface tablet has a screen size of 10.6 inches and tablets from other vendors like Samsung are of around the same size.

Microsoft’s plans of a smaller tablet device may be the next logical step as the Nexus 7 has had quite a successful run alongside Apple’s iPad Mini and Kindle Fire HD. Nook HD has also found quite a lot of following and a tablet with a price tag of sub-$200 from Microsoft may very well give all other vendors a run for their money.