Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Oct 2005 16:03 UTC, submitted by DigitalDame
Windows "When Windows first shipped, 20 years ago this month, it was considered nothing more than a slow operating environment that had arrived late to the party, well behind the industry leaders, Apple and Xerox PARC. Now, it's the operating system used on nearly 95 percent of all the desktops and notebooks sold worldwide. Take a look at Window's past and present, and what lies ahead in the future, including an interview with Mr. Bill Gates himself."
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Well, you're obviously doing something wrong. I just changed the dpi setting on that XP machine from 96 to 120, and everything is working correctly, all fonts are properly scaled, etc.

Actually not everything is correct. You don't notice that so clearly while using cleartype fonts, but without smoothing you should see the difference - left window (appearance) uses Arial (or rather MS Sans Serif) font, the right one (effects) uses Tahoma (what is correct).

This of course is "leftovers" from Windows 20 year history:) For many versions of their OS they used MS Sans Serif as default desktop and window font, very big amount of visual elements had this font hardcoded (has someone attempted to change W95 fonts in consistent manner? I remember that this was achievable only by *renaming* some font files...). Apparently XP includes some very old dialogs (like display properties); in normal circumstanses almost noone notices difference.

And using MS Sans Serif can explain bad scalabilty too - it is pixel (fixed) font, not truetype.

But - who cares? So far as product sells, such little inconsistencies do not matter at all. Had they more competition (at least for many years ago), probably their OS/desktop appearance would be much more polished.

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