Technology never ceases to amaze us, and as the year fly by, the tech world becomes more performant, powerful, mesmerizing. A big change we’ve seen in smartphones is the display resolutions, coming from a few pixels on a 2 inches display, to high-DPI 5-6 inches displays nowadays. The change has been similar in desktops, laptops and tablets. So, software has to keep up with the changes in display, so the user can have his/her best experience while using the device.
We have to admit that Microsoft hasn’t been very on point with adapting their OS, Windows, to high-DPI devices, considering how many users have complained that some items in games look blurrier, smaller or even bigger than their actual form.
The tech giant tried to fix this problem with Windows 8.1, not very successful at the time. Right now, we see that Microsoft has kept on working on this issue and brings their first fix in Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update. The 1607 version of Windows 10 doesn’t only bring a fix to this issue, but a lot of other bugs, as well as some changes in user interface.
The change in scaling isn’t yet perfect, we’ll have to see two or three more updates, but it does make it easier for app developers themselves to scale the app for the Windows operating system.
Microsoft has confirmed that they have a long way to go until they scale everything on their OS perfectly, but until now, let’s see what they changed with the Anniversary Update.
Firstly, app developers can send in mixed-mode DPI scaling to Windows 10. Before the update, developers had only two options regarding scaling: they could either do their own scaling or let the operating system do it for them. There was no mixture of these two options, but a high demand of this feature determined Microsoft to imbed it in their update.
The Microsoft Office apps, especially PowerPoint, have been known to have some issues with scaling themselves out, so they get an update themselves.
The tech giant even updated the non-client area scaling, which is the scroll bar, title bar, etc that don’t depend on the app developers. The OS has been known to have some issues regarding this matter, but Microsoft apparently shows off better control in this area with the 1607 update.
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