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Windows 8 Supports High Resolutions on Multiple Devices (Part 1)

Windows 8 On High Resolution Displays Without Ppi Scaling

The new iPad isn’t the only device supporting high resolutions. Microsoft shows that Windows 8 supports all sorts of high resolutions on multiple devices!

Windows 8 makes sure every device has a great experience as high resolutions displays in a variety of sizes feature

In a Windows 8 blog post by Steven Sinofsky, it’s been revealed that high resolution displays will be supported across a variety of devices.

Windows 8 On High Resolution Displays Without Ppi Scaling

In the blog post, Sinofsky says that one of the chief aims in Windows 8 was to deliver a great experience no matter what the screen size. He said there were two key principles that guided the design process: 1) Offer users a range of form factors and a consistent user experience at the same time and 2) Allow developers to build apps that would work across all devices.

Consistency Across All Mobile Devices: Min System Requirements / Specs

The second point is important, as Google are finding it difficult to reduce fragmentation across Android when there are 100s of devices with different form factors and resolutions. Microsoft have already maintained some control with Windows Phone 7, outlining specific minimum requirements for hardware developers. The end result is a degree of consistency across all devices.

Sinofsky describe a situation where a student might choose a touch-enabled laptop, which allows work and play simultaneously, whereas an accountant might have a small tablet to view before and after work. Whatever device is chosen, the aim is that the same app will work whatever the size.

The team also classify devices for Windows 8 in three ways. The first is screen size, which is literally the size of the screen on any device from a PC to a tablet. This also governs aspect ratio.

The second is screen resolution: “the larger the screen, the higher the screen resolution.

The third is pixel density, which is described as the number of pixels within a physical area. This is also described as DPI – dots per inch.

Minimum Screen Resolution For Windows 8 Devices: 1024 x 768 pixels

Like Windows Phone 7, there is also a minimum screen resolution: 1024 x 768. As mentioned, the aim is to allow developers to create apps that fit all screen sizes. Sinofsky says that “the higher the minimum resolution, the richer and more tailored the app could be.” The team didn’t want to compromise for smaller resolutions, a problem frequently encountered on Android tablets.

Windows 8 releases this year. The Consumer Preview can be downloaded now.

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Published: Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 Last Modified: March 22, 2012

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