Windows 10 Anniversary Update to better handle Display Scaling

DPI (dots-per-inch) is one of the important aspects of displays in Windows 10 and starting from the anniversary update Microsoft has made some changes  for the same. The changes in the anniversary update have been helpful in scaling up the display, especially for the Windows 10 desktops. Below are some of the problems that have been addressed in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

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Windows 10 to better handle Display Scaling

Blurry text and UI component incorrectly sized applications, layout issue with the applications. The problems were mainly observed when there was a change in the display scale factor, for instance when the external display was used as the main display.

The problem was further magnified when devices with a higher display scale factor are docked with an external display that employs a different scale factor. This results in blurry texts and jumbled up UI. As of now, the only workaround is to log-out and log-in to Windows 10, but that’s not the ultimate solution. Also, the new PC’s like the Surface Pro come with a high pixel density and offer 200% display scale factor. Furthermore, since Microsoft is fine-tuning its Continuum the problem of scaling the display can escalate to the next level.

Starting from the first Windows 10 release Microsoft attempted to solve the problem by updating the Windows File Explorer application adding the capability of handling a display-scale-factor change. However, all of this was not possible before the Windows 10 Anniversary Update as the NCA would not resize when the scale factor changes even when the developer tries to update their desktop application.

In order to address this problem, Microsoft has segregated the process wide constraints and will allow developers to specify a different scaling mode for each window. This would allow the developers to shift focus to the UI handle display scaling while Windows takes care of the other windows in the application.

The scaling is expected to bring about a noticeable change in how Office apps including, Skype. Lync and PowerPoint respond to scaling. That being said, it will still take some time for Windows 10 to get to a point wherein all the desktop applications will scale as intended without any manual intervention.

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Mahit Huilgol has been using Windows on Mobile since the Windows 6. Ever since than i have been following Microsoft developments from close quarters and love writing about it. Eagerly waiting for the time when Windows Phone will be the most preferred OS in the World.