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Windows 8 Will Be Retina Display Ready

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Microsoft would like everyone to know that they’re paying attention to all the madness around the iPad’s new display. To that end, they’ve posted a very detailed look at some of the ways Windows 8 and apps will work with displays that sport a high pixel density.

Over on TechCrunch they’re calling this post-HD, but that term actually makes no sense. The whole post-PC thing has ruined so many people’s good sense.

Anyway, Microsoft’s post goes pretty in-depth, which is probably more than most consumers need, so the gist is this: Windows 8 tablets with full or overfull HD displays will not have to suffer from fuzzy pixilation in the operating system’s interface or from apps, as long as developers do their jobs right. As with any high density display, there could be issues surrounding small elements like drop down boxes, but Windows needs to address that in general, anyway.

Given the success of the iPad, it wouldn’t surprise me if we see less of the standard 1366 x 768 in displays on both laptops and tablets coming down the line. A higher resolution means you need more graphics power, so bring on the high-end GPUs. I don’t think consumers will complain.

Manufacturers have plenty of time — Windows 8 won’t launch until October.

K. T. is a lover of technology, gadgets, and all things geek. She has the enviable job of playing with evaluating mobile tech and apps all day. Follow K. T. on Twitter @KTBradford, on Google+ and Tumblr or email her via her website, KTBradford.com.

2 Comments

  1. iamnoskcaj

    03/30/2012 at 7:23 pm

    I dislike the trend of calling high pixel density display “retina display”. ¬†Clearly it’s an Apple trademark, so why use it when discussing hardware and software from other vendors?

  2. TheBurningBush

    06/30/2012 at 9:38 am

    I’m sick of that Metro window already. Maybe it’s cute on a phone but on a computer monitor 30-40% of the screen is empty then it takes all that room for nothing. It hides what I need to work.

    If I have to look at Metro all the time it is a deal breaker for me and windows 7 works ok now.

    I like many files and folders on the desktop and arranged just as I like. On the right drives and downloads and doc along the bottom pics I like or need to use and on the left media, current playlists movies etc.

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