Scaling to different screens in Windows 8

Just finished reading one of the B8 blogs on how Windows 8 will scale to different screen sizes.  Seriously scary.  It means I might have to get new glasses since there is always the tendency to shrink the screen down to a size that nothing can be read on it.


But that doesn’t appear to be the case for the Windows 8 Footprint.

So as a system person you will need to consider a few items, for example do you want to specify a tool that uses to high of density, after all does the delivery personnel need super high resolution image or do they need really bright for use in the sun?  So here is some of the choices you have to make:

  • Screen size: There will be PCs with different screen sizes, from the smaller screens on tablets, to medium sized laptops, and large desktops and all-in-ones. These screens will also come in different shapes or aspect ratios.
  • Screen resolution: Screens will have an increasing number of pixels on screen, or screen resolution. In general, the larger the screen, the higher the screen resolution, but this isn’t always the case.
  • Pixel density: Screens will also have different pixel densities, which is the number of pixels within a physical area, or dots per inch (DPI.) The pixel density increases as the screen resolution increases, but the screen size remains constant.

This means that when you do your user surveys you will have many more choices than just one tablet, take it or leave it.  With the new improved MetroRT design this means you will have a lot of choices to make.

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