Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th May 2013 00:01 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "We're sure that more high-density Windows laptops are on the way, but the Kirabook is the first to make it to market. The laptop raises some natural questions: Does a computer that is both thinner and lighter than the Pixel and the Pros skimp on battery life to achieve these feats? Is the Kirabook good enough to justify its jaw-dropping $1,599.99 starting price? Most importantly, can Windows support high-density displays as well as OS X, Chrome OS, iOS, Android, and others can?" Great laptop, great screen, decent battery life - but Windows' scaling is a terrible mess. Metro is fine, but the proper desktop is a disaster.
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Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Wed 15th May 2013 03:53 UTC
Nelson
Member since:
2005-11-29

Desktop scaling is getting better with Windows 8.1, but it will never be perfect on the Desktop.

There are a ton of UI toolkits, drawing APIs, and legacy platforms which don't respect UI scaling settings at all. There's no much Microsoft can do about Adobe disregarding OS settings.

The fact that it works on the Metro side of things is only because Microsoft locks you down to either HTML5/JS or XAML which does respect scaling settings.

The short term solution is the Windows 8.1 enhancements, long term though Microsoft needs to move more of Windows over to Metro.

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by darknexus on Wed 15th May 2013 05:19 in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
RE[2]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Wed 15th May 2013 05:46 in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29


That has to be the most obvious piece of flame bate I've seen posted here in a while. Congrats there Mr. Nelson, you win the Captain Obvious Troll award for the month.


OSNews has had like four or five red meat Windows articles filled with clickbait garbage plastered all over the News and Page 2 for the past few days.

Its sad that me inconveniencing the merry band of Metro haters with facts is enough to win me an award, but I hardly think I take the cake for flame bait.

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RE: Comment by Nelson
by Deviate_X on Wed 15th May 2013 07:11 in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
Deviate_X Member since:
2005-07-11

Windows and ms applications scale with DPI, too many third party applications dont. For example Autodesk Sketchbook will scale on the desktop, but Adobe applications are hardcoded not to scale with DPI on windows.

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RE[2]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Wed 15th May 2013 07:31 in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Its not automatic iirc, unless you explicitly support it in your manifest you get DWM DPI virtual scaling, rather than true DPI scaling.

More ties into it, generally the more nity gritty GDI you do the worse off you'll be.

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