Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Sep 2010 19:14 UTC
Internet Explorer After several months and preview releases, Microsoft has finally lifted the curtain for the Windows Explorer 9 beta release. Internet Explorer 9 is Microsoft's attempt at not just catching up to the competition, but at actually surpassing them. Since enough sites will be focusing on just how many nanoseconds faster or slower the beta is compared to the competition, I'll talk a little about the new minimalist interface.
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nt_jerkface
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2009-08-26

They are trying to downplay the situation in that article but it is true that it is more of a problem at smaller sizes.

On my monitor that title just looks a bit thin in IE9 but the letters look fine. The fonts in this thread are what look a little fuzzy.

This is the WPF 4.0 fix:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/text/archive/2009/08/24/wpf-4-0-text-stack-...

and if you look in the comments you can see that there are still complaints. It's a huge improvement from the original WPF release though. I've seen quite a few comments on places like stackoverflow where .net developers have been avoiding WPF for this reason.

It really breaks down to favoring accuracy over readability with the assumption that monitors would have higher DPIs by now. Firefox uses direct2d for hardware acceleration and is running into the same problem:
http://www.neowin.net/news/mozilla-to-release-firefox-beta-4-on-mon...

Edited 2010-09-16 16:57 UTC

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