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Windows 8 ready for HiDPI displays

updated 06:15 am EDT, Thu March 22, 2012

MS outlines plans to support hi-res displays

Following hot on the heals of the super-high resolution display in the new iPad, Microsoft has posted a technical explanation on its Building Windows 8 blog about how it is readying the platform for the next generation of HiDPI displays. In doing so, the company has highlighted three general classes of display resolutions including standard, HD and quad-XGA (2560x1440) -- as incorporated on Apple's Thunderbolt Display and other similar 27-inch displays. The company said that support displays at these resolutions would help to ensure that UI elements are not too blown up, or too small and difficult to touch.

In the case of standard resolution displays (1366x768) buttons and text will be displayed without automatic scaling. For HD displays (1920x1080), buttons and text will scale to 140 percent. For quad-XGA displays, they will scaled to 180 percent. While the new iPad display is resolution-independent (icons and apps scale at the same size as they did before), Windows 8 will not support this capability, at least at the outset.

Microsoft also indicated that it has set its minimum resolution for display support in Windows 8 at 1024x768. It says this is because the Metro UI still works well enough at this level of pixel density and resolution, and that only 1.2 percent of active Windows 7 users use displays with a lower resolution.

To help developers, Microsoft has incorporated support for the SVG filetype as a development asset allowing them to build scaling into apps more easily where multiple or high-resolution bitmap images are used. When Windows 8 tablets ship later this year, high pixel densities and better resolutions will become increasingly common, making this support necessary. However, without resolution-independence, the Metro UI will shrink (but display more content) as a display packs in more pixels. [via TechCrunch]

By Electronista Staff


  1. coffeetime

    Senior User

    Joined: Nov 2006


    Microsoft....not again

    blah blah blah super vaporized hi tech and it will be available in 2018.

  1. climacs

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 2001



    a day late and a dollar short with them...

  1. climacs

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 2001


    or maybe better stated

    a day late and a clue short with them...

  1. Mr. Strat

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Jan 2002


    Yeah - we're all gonna need that hires support for those incredibly detailed tiles.

  1. DrSkywalker

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2011



    Are you talking about the healing required after the burns generated by heat of the new iPad;) ????

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Apr 2011


    Nobody notices the largest monitor is 27" ???

    2560X1440 is Windows 8 highest resolution!!#@!@#!@#

    It's understandable for Apple to drop the pros,
    after all it's the computer "for the rest of us"

    But Microsoft now hates the pros too?

    Windows 8 is now OFFICIALLY confirmed the next Vista.

    Another WinXX generation to skip.

    Now if only the Linux crowd wisens up...

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Apr 2011


    "Pixel density sweet spots" ??!?!"

    Who the h3ll comes up with this c*** at Microsoft?

    More an more MS looks just like a headless chicken running about.

  1. facebook_Maximilian

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    Retina Mac

    2880x1800 not supported? OK, when I get a Retina MacBook Pro I'll have to live with either microscopic or blurry on-screen content. Please increase the resolution to this value!

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