Microsoft drops Snap View resolution requirement to 1024×768 in Windows Blue

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One of my favorite Windows 8 features is Snap View. It allows me to snap two apps on the screen at once. I can work on the desktop and see Skype notifications on the side. It is a very powerful multitasking tool that most operating systems don’t have. One of the downsides to Snap View is it won’t work if you don’t have the appropriate hardware.

In the current build of Windows you can only use Snap View if your screen resolution is 1366×768 or greater. Anything less than that and you’re stuck using one app at a time. If you’re resolution is really low you won’t even be able to use Windows 8 apps at all. In Windows Blue it appears that Microsoft has lifted this restriction. In the video below you can see Snap View and Windows 8 apps working with a screen resolution of 1024×768. For anyone using Windows 8 on older hardware this will be a nice¬†addition.

[via Neowin]


  • Billscarnage

    Not only that, but the size restriction is off when snapping. It used to be that one app would take up approx 1/3 of screen and the other would take up the rest. The leak video making the rounds shows the ability to size either app to any size.

  • bawboh

    Holy cow, does anyone even use that resolution, anymore?

  • don

    The First Generation of Windows Tablets….used lower Res…. They just opened up snap view for my c60 powered w500