Featured Articles

IHS teardown reveals Galaxy S5 BOM

IHS teardown reveals Galaxy S5 BOM

Research firm IHS got hold of Samsung’s new flagship smartphone and took it apart to the last bolt to figure out…

More...
Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 available selling well

Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 available selling well

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 has finally gone on sale and it can be yours for €699, which is quite a lot of…

More...
Intel lists Haswell refresh parts

Intel lists Haswell refresh parts

Intel has added a load of Haswell refresh parts to its official price list and there really aren’t any surprises to…

More...
Respawn confirms Titanfall DLC for May

Respawn confirms Titanfall DLC for May

During his appearance at PAX East panel and confirmed on Twitter, Titanfall developer Respawn confirmed that the first DLC pack for…

More...
KFA2 GTX 780 Ti Hall Of Fame reviewed

KFA2 GTX 780 Ti Hall Of Fame reviewed

KFA2 gained a lot of overclocking experience with the GTX 780 Hall of Fame (HOF), which we had a chance to…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Thursday, 22 March 2012 06:19

Windows 8 on tablets, desktops will support Retina Display resolutions

Written by Jon Worrel

windows logo new

The "Post-HD" era begins in 2013

Forget about all the incessantly convoluted talk of conventional computing being replaced by a more sophisticated "Post-PC" era demarked by tablets, smartphones and Smart TVs which all utilize the "computer-like" architectures and apparently have no say in popular media anymore as "being anymore of a PC" than, well, a PC. According to a recent post on Microsoft's Building Windows 8 blog, the company is preparing to support a wide variety of highly pixel-dense resolutions on its forthcoming Windows 8 operating system.

windows 8 resolution sweet spots

Microsoft's own Steven Sinofsky, President of the Windows Division, has stated that screen size, resolution, and pixel density were each considered carefully when designing Windows 8 for users and developers. "When talking about screens, it is very important to be clear about the variable or dimension being talked about," says Sinofsky. "For example, a 13” screen might be running at any number of resolutions (which means any number of pixel densities) and might have one of several different aspect ratios. But just because more content can fit on screen this doesn’t mean every app will make use of this space. If an app is designed with fixed dimensions or a specific form factor in mind, larger monitors may display a large empty region, as in the example below. This is not a good experience, as some have commented."

windows 8 common resolutions

This is where "Post-HD" resolutions with pixel density reminiscent of Apple's Retina Displays come to mind. Microsoft has essentially analyzed the expected range of display sizes and resolutions for smartphones, tablets, notebooks, ultrabooks and desktops, and have identified a "sweet spot" zone for the three general classes of resolutions - Standard High Definition (1366x768), Full High Definition (1920x1080) and Quad XGA (2560x1440). The company ultimate anticipates a future in which tablets running Windows 8 ARM Edition will also feature resolutions higher than Full HD, similar to Apple's third-generation iPad (2048x1536), and has adopted solutions that will cater to such a wide diversity of pixel ranges - including new scaling methods for text and support for SVG as a standard development asset. 

Last modified on Thursday, 22 March 2012 07:03

Jon Worrel

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
blog comments powered by Disqus

To be able to post comments please log-in with Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments