Windows Blue lowers Modern app snap view resolution to 1024x768

In March 2012, Microsoft first revealed some information on the choices the company made concerning the minimal resolutions for Windows 8 Modern apps. While those apps could run on their own at 1024x768, Microsoft decided to raise the minimal resolution to 1366 x768 for an app to run in "snap view" mode, where two apps could run together.

While snap view does allow for Windows 8 to run two Modern apps at the same time, one of the apps is greatly minimized in this mode. In the leaked build of Windows Blue that was released on the Internet on Sunday, it was revealed that Microsoft has allowed for more than two Modern apps to work in snap view mode and that they don't have to have their look minimized.

One interesting consequence about this change is that the minimal resolution for Modern apps in snap view has been lowered in Windows Blue, at least in this leaked build, from 1366 x768 to 1024x768. This was first reported by McAkins Online, which shows this change in action in a YouTube video.

It's possible that Microsoft made this change to allow Modern apps in Windows Blue to work in snap view on touchscreens that are smaller than the minimal 10.1 inch display that are currently available for Windows 8 tablets. There are lots of rumors that Windows Blue has been designed to run on screens that have seven or eight inch touch displays. It will be interesting to see if Microsoft sticks to this new 1024x768 resolution for snap view in Moderns apps or if they will change it back for the final version, which is rumored to be launched sometime this summer.

Source: McAkins Online

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Argh, I hope they keep this this time. I found it really stupid of Microsoft to make the minimum for Windows 8 Snap to be limited, and not work on a previously very common resolution of 1280x800. 90% of TabletPC would not fall under the umbrella for snap, which was really lame because that's what they were trying to accomplish with the new Windows.

Hmm, as far as i tested Windows 8 runs apps on 1024x768. But does not work on 1024x600.

I have it installed on an old netbook having this resolution and I have to trick the driver to believe it runs at 1024x768 in order to make Apps working. A little bit wider image due to rescaling from 768 to 600 on vertical but IT WORKS.

The problem is not under 1376x768, but under 1024x768.

Neat-o! Sounds like a really great news to me!
Although, I have a question, that's not so snap related, but it's about the resolution support anyhow.
Does anyone know, if it can run Modern UI apps in a resolution as low as 1024x600?

Kudos to MS! It must have been extremely difficult to find a way to reduce all that wasted colorspace while still keeping an insignificant amount of information-less text on the screen.

/s

Great move.thinking of installing Win8 on my netbook once Blue is released.
I hope metro apps will display correctly on 1024x768

Microsoft has to make sure they've properly prioritized the 1% of computer users who might buy (and never use) a touchscreen-based desktop PC over their core 99% of home and business users who've traditionally made them one of the most valuable companies in the world.

/s

srprimeaux said,
Still not very intuitive for non-touch devices.

Meh. Works fine for me and everyone in RL that I know who has actually tried it. Desktop works just the same.

mrp04 said,
Meh. Works fine for me and everyone in RL that I know who has actually tried it. Desktop works just the same.

I've tried it. I'm able to snap two windows side by side on the desktop if I need to have access to them both at the same time. But the average person using a Windows desktop has various apps opened at a single time and they move from one to another, the majority of the time by moving windows around. Tell me, how is it intuitive for two modern-style apps to be sitting together side by side - obscuring all the other windowed apps I have opened? Where is the benefit? Surely you know.

I don't really see the point of running metro apps windowed. Why would you want to do that?
If you want a windowed app, then why not use a desktop software?
I'm genuinely asking.

For example; Teamviewer has both desktop and metro versions. If I wanted to run it windowed, I'd use the desktop version.
Same with Skype, adobe reader, etc.

How about the games? e.g. the card games or minesweeper? They were previously windowed and there is no point in having them run full screen...

eddman said,
I don't really see the point of running metro apps windowed. Why would you want to do that?
If you want a windowed app, then why not use a desktop software?

I like the simplicity and design of some of the basic Metro apps over existing Win32 apps (although there's much to be improved still). Plus they are easy to install and uninstall, sandboxed, offer consistent search, settings and sharing options etc. And who knows what the future holds for Win32 apps...


That looks almost useful.

Edited by Deactivated., Mar 26 2013, 10:22pm :

omg yay!!!! This is one of the annoying things on my cheap work laptop that's only 1024. This is a great move

yeoo_andy_ni said,
Colour me unimpressed that my wife's netbook still can't run Windows 8, but only because of the resolution restrictions.

You can mod the registry to enable display down scaling support. That will allow it to work, but it will lower the quality.

yeoo_andy_ni said,
Colour me unimpressed that my wife's netbook still can't run Windows 8, but only because of the resolution restrictions.

Yeah shame on MS for having requirements for ensuring a level of quality and functionality. Lets not blame the fact the netbook maker used a pathetically low res screen and your wife bought the POS.

W32.Backdoor.KillAV.E said,

Yeah shame on MS for having requirements for ensuring a level of quality and functionality. Lets not blame the fact the netbook maker used a pathetically low res screen and your wife bought the POS.


You mean the resolution MS forced them to use for the special netbook version of Windows 7 (Starter Edition)?

yeoo_andy_ni said,
Colour me unimpressed that my wife's netbook still can't run Windows 8, but only because of the resolution restrictions.

Strange. I did upgrade my little netbook with its own resolution: 1024 x 600, and other than running Metro Apps (I don't want to reg hack...) it's running a little bit smoother than Windows 7.

yeoo_andy_ni said,
Colour me unimpressed that my wife's netbook still can't run Windows 8, but only because of the resolution restrictions.

It can run Windows 8 just fine, just not the metro apps...

Jose_49 said,

Strange. I did upgrade my little netbook with its own resolution: 1024 x 600, and other than running Metro Apps (I don't want to reg hack...) it's running a little bit smoother than Windows 7.

The only thing you can't do on that resolution is not being able to run Metro apps in Snap view. Barring that, everything else should work as per normal.

Colour me unimpressed that my wife's netbook still can't run Windows 8, but only because of the resolution restrictions.

See my above comments. I call it BS that your network can't run Windows 8 because of resolution restrictions.