High Definition Model in Windows 7

However, taking into consideration display hardware data gathered from end users as well as the limitations imposed by GDI applications which are not DPI aware, Ryan Haveson, program manager lead on the Desktop Graphics team, revealed that establishing a default high definition model for Windows 7 is not as simple as it might appear. This […]

However, taking into consideration display hardware data gathered from end users as well as the limitations imposed by GDI applications which are not DPI aware, Ryan Haveson, program manager lead on the Desktop Graphics team, revealed that establishing a default high definition model for Windows 7 is not as simple as it might appear.

This follow up post is mostly to summarize what has been heard in previous post, and to provide some details around the areas where there has been a bit of confusion.

Here is a list of our top “assumptions” which have been echoed by the comments posted:

  • Most people adjust the screen resolution either to get larger text, or because it was an accident
  • There is a core of people who know about high DPI and who use it
  • Some people prefer more screen real-estate while others people prefer larger UI
  • Discoverability of the DPI configuration is a concern for some
  • App compat is a common issue, even a “deal breaker” in some cases
  • IE Scaling is one of the top issues listed (see IE8 which fixes many of these!)
  • Lots of complexities/subtleties and it is pretty hard to explain this feature to most people

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