Microsoft has detailed Windows 8's minimum screen resolutions. The upcoming operating system will battle the iPad for tablet supremacy.
Less than a
week after Apples new iPad made its debut, complete with a high-resolution
Retina Display, the blogosphere continues to buzz about screens and pixel
density. Not to be outdone by its competition, Microsoft has released some new
details relating to screen resolution for Windows 8, which will most likely
face down the iPad this fall for a share of the tablet market.
In a March 21
posting on Microsofts official Building Windows 8
blog, senior program manager
David Washington wrote that the minimum resolution for Windows 8 will be 1,024
by 768 in order to make it as simple as possible for developers to create
great apps that work on all the different screens that are available now and in
the future. Furthermore, he added, only 1.2 percent of active Windows 7 users
have screens with a lesser resolution.
Windows 8 will
require a resolution of 1,366 by 768 for features such as snap, which pins
an application to a portion of the screen. That resolution was apparently
chosen as has enough horizontal pixels to fit the 320px width of a snapped
app. Allowing snap views of arbitrary size would significantly increase the
complexity of building an app, in turn, requiring more effort on the part of
there is no maximum resolution. With higher resolutions, there is more space,
so the layout is really never broken or truncated on higher-resolution
screens, he wrote. You can run Metro-style apps on a screen as big as 30
inches with a resolution of 2,560 by 1,600. By Metro style, he alludes to
the design language that defines much of Windows 8 (including its new,
tablet-friendly start screen), as well as a growing number of Microsoft products,
such as Windows Phone and the revamped Xbox dashboard.
Windows 8 work more effectively on tablets, Microsoft retooled the traditional
desktop-based interface. A Windows 8 machine now offers that aforementioned start
screen comprised of colorful, touch-friendly tiles linked to applications; from
there, another click or finger tap sends users to the regular desktop,
complete with a few tweaks of its own.
release Windows 8 in October, according to a new Bloomberg report
that cited unnamed sources with
knowledge of the schedule for the information. That report also suggested
Windows 8 would simultaneously release on devices with Intel and ARM chipsets.
While Intels products continue to handily dominate the traditional PC space,
ARM processors run a significant percentage of mobile devices, such as tablets.
Windows XP and
Windows 7, Microsofts two most successful versions of the operating system,
both arrived on store shelves in October of their respective years. In
addition, executives from a major hardware partner told eWEEK
late in 2011 that Microsoft was aiming for an October 2012
release date. Then, it will face down Apples iPad in a battle over not only
functionality, but also good looks.
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