Windows 8.1 Supports Super High Resolution (Retina) Displays

There many high resolutions PCs, The Surface Pro, Lenovo ThinkPad Helix, Toshiba Kirabook, Dell XPS 12 to name a few.  However, the user interface is often too small with text that can be hard to read and touch targets that are too small.  With Windows 8.1 Microsoft adds full support for high density displays, introducing automatic scaling for UI in these devices.

According to Microsoft’s Jensen Harris, “Text might not be as sharp on apps that aren’t ready.” director of the Windows User Experience team.  In Windows 8.1 you can scale up 200% in both the desktop and metro mode.  Microsoft has updated many of the first party  Windows apps including Windows Explorer to look better in high density displays.

According to The Verge:

Harris expects there to be a transition process as developers update their apps to take advantage of the higher resolution, but Windows 8.1 will still be able to enlarge their pixels in the meanwhile.  As for the virtual keyboard, which has been a pain point in several of our touchscreen laptop (and desktop) reviews, Harris says that it too will be sized appropriately for the screen size and resolution of high-density displays. You won’t be able to resize the keyboard yourself, though: the manufacturer — not the user — will adjust it to match the size of fingers on the screen.

With 4k displays to become mainstream in the next couple years, Microsoft is proactively future-proofing Windows 8.1.

Source: The Verge

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  • Lucas

    With don’t they bring 1080p to smartphones. It shouldnt be that hard?

    • Aaron

      GDR3

      • Forc6

        Yes but maybe, thats just a rumor at this point. I would say Blue update but hope for GDR3 :P

  • Hello

    Please stop using “Retina” say High density instead.
    thank you
    everyone.

    • reKitab

      I prefer the term “PureView”.

    • frankwick

      agreed. “retina” doesn’t mean anything to most people. It is Apple marketing language.

  • Kruegerman

    Please don’t promote any more Crapplisms (i.e. “Retina Display”) as a generic term. It’s bad enough that we already have “podcast”.

    • disqustingtard

      Yeah, fuck Steve Jobs.

      • Alf Lenni Erlandsen

        Its bad enough that too many people thought that all mp3 players were ipods and now people assuming all tablets being ipads. It confirms one thing and one thing only: Many humans don’t deserve technology!

      • reKitab

        Let Steve RIP, please!

        • disqustingtard

          Just wait for Cook to succumb to the aids also, there’s only one way to get that position and not fucking old Stevo up the arseho ain’t one of them

  • Alf Lenni Erlandsen

    Ohhh so it’s gonna start supporting Apple products? (you know Retina is an Apple brand right?)

  • kalval

    Hopefully some high pixel density desktop displays are in the works. I’d love a 27″ monitor with the same resolution as Samsung’s 13″ laptops (3200×1800) or even higher.