New Windows 8 Blog Post Talks Screen Sizes

A new post on the Windows 8 development blog has some interesting insight into how Microsoft plans on determining screen resolutions for various size devices. Since Windows 8 is designed to run on desktop as well as tablet form factors, there are several different resolutions that must be taken into consideration.

Microsoft has stated that the minimum size for Metro apps running on the Windows 8 interface is 1024 x 768. Microsoft felt this was the minimal resolution size for displaying Metro apps at their finest. When deciding on this number, Microsoft took into consideration the current hardware metrics for Windows 7 users. Less than 1.7% of users have monitors that display less than the standard 1024 x 768 resolution.

We chose this resolution as it has enough horizontal pixels to fit the 320px width of a snapped app, next to a main app with a 1024px width. The specs of the Samsung tablet that we unveiled at the //build/ conference are 11.6-inches with a 1366×768 resolution (the Samsung Series 7 tablet in market today). These specs are the minimum screen resolution that supports all the features of Windows 8 on a useful physical size.

Of course, conforming to larger sizes is also a concern for Microsoft, which is why Metro apps must be designed so that even a large resolution of 2560 x 1600 for TVs can run the apps fluidly with no problems.

The fact that Microsoft has placed so much emphasis on getting Metro right in Windows 8 goes to show that Windows 8 might truly be the global platform Microsoft is hoping it will be. An app that runs on your Windows Phone should look just as good on your 4.5″ screen as it does on your 42″ screen TV when you get home.

If you’d like to read more about the process Microsoft has lined out for app developers to help scale their apps to various resolution sizes, you can check out the blog post here.


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