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Mar 24, 2012

Windows 8 Will be 'retina' Display Friendly

Microsoft didn't have to make Windows 8 play nice with the new rash of extremely pixel-dense displays. But, that would be tantamount to OS suicide. So, the latest and greatest Windows will support resolutions up to 2560 x 1440 on screens as small as 10.1 inches. That's a pretty impressive 291 pixels per inch. Of course, it's not quite as simple as it sounds. While in an ideal world, every UI element would be resolution independent, that's simply not the case and the infrastructure isn't there to support it. Instead graphical elements, including text, must be scaled to fill the available pixels. 

Microsoft's scheme will use 100 percent for standard density displays, 140 for HD and 180 for quad-XGA panels. Thankfully, the company was smart enough to include support for SVG files as UI elements, meaning that density and resolution independent future is at least one step closer. 

7 comments:

YeamieWaffles said...

That's cool news, well done on Windows for adding this size feature in.

duffboi said...

Most excellent. How much longer to wait for a retina display windows 8 tablet now, i wonder.

That Random Guy said...

Oh wow, that is pretty epic. I might wait and buy a Windows 8 computer just for that.

G said...

It's still windows...

SecondLifer said...

I'm just getting around to loving windows 7

Jim said...

Great news, but I'll wait on Windows 8

Stormtrooper said...

Windows 8 on iPad? xD