Windows 8 Tablets: Portrait and Landscape Mode Aspect Ratios

Microsoft recently published more details about how Windows 8 will behave in portrait and landscape orientations on the Building Windows 8 blog.

Windows 8 portrait mode aspect ratio

Microsoft Explains How Windows 8 Has Been Optimized For Landscape And Portrait Orientations On Tablets

Windows 8 has only been seen in the landscape orientation when it comes to tablets. However, there have been questions about how it would look in portrait mode. In a post published yesterday on the Building Windows 8 blog, Microsoft explained how Windows 8 has been optimized to work well in both orientations.

According to the makers of Windows 8, user studies show that people do not choose one orientation over the other when they are using a tablet. Instead they try to find a comfortable position for whatever app they are using at the moment or whatever position they are in. Based on this data, Microsoft has designed Windows 8 to be ergonomic in both orientations.

Windows 8 Optimized For Both Landscape And Portrait Orientations For Tablet

So far from all the demos, it is clear that Windows 8 is very well designed when the tablet is being used in landscape mode. According to Microsoft, it will be equally easy to use when it is used in portrait orientation.

Important parts of Windows 8 like the charms, the keyboard and the file picker have all been designed to work equally well on both landscape and portrait orientations.

Windows 8 Will Be Optimized For Different Aspect Ratios And Stable Rotations

Landscape mode aspect ratios

The design team is also still working on a stable rotation mechanism to prevent accidental rotations when the user does not want it to happen. In addition to this, there will also be a hardware rotation lock button for the times when you don’t want the orientation to change no matter what.

The design team is also working on enabling Windows 8 to operate seamlessly on multiple aspect ratios such as 4:3 and 16:9. Windows 8 will allow for apps to adapt to different screen sizes on the fly. However, the minimum resolution will remain fixed at so that app interfaces and layouts don’t break off at lower resolutions.

Published: Friday, October 21st, 2011 Last Modified: October 30, 2011

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