Windows 8 Ready to Run Pixel-Dense Displays like Retina Display

March 22, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The pros and cons of Retina Display and the issues brought by it like the power consumption and app upgrades are the buzz in tech news mills now.

But no matter how skeptics curse the Retina Display on the new iPad, it is sure that pixel-dense displays are going to stay and turn into the new standard in a matter of a year or two, or even within a few months.

Already tablet manufacturers are increasing their display resolutions and though it is only Apple now, the time is not far away when every OEM will be touting about their Retina Display device. Microsoft has a good set of soothsayers and they too know it.

So while developing their latest platform revolution Windows 8, they have taken into consideration the different display possibilities of the gadgets to use the platform.

They found that three categories of displays will be out there – the standard ones, the HD ones and the quad-XGA ones with 2560 x 1440 resolution.

So they have made a plan. As far as the Windows 8 UI is concerned, the buttons and text will be shown without scaling on displays in the first category, while on the HD displays they will be scaled to 140 percent of the normal size. In the third category they will be scaled to 180 percent of their original size.

To make it easier for developers, Windows 8 is allowing SVG file types to replace the multiple high-resolution bitmap images to assist smooth rescaling.

However, resolution independent continual resize will be the apt solution, but it is not yet possible with the present methods.

However, the high density displays will make familiar UI elements like pull down menus more heavy and burden for platforms. So it is likely that a new UI culture based on gestures and visual elements may evolve around pixel-dense displays and replace the present one in the near future.

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