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Windows 8: Coming to a smaller screen size near you?

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    Windows 8: Coming to a smaller screen size near you?


    Microsoft's new Windows management team is coming into its own.

    Last week, I met with Tami Reller, the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Marketing Officer for the Windows/Surface teams. Reller was on a New York City tour, meeting with financial analysts and press. Reller is one of the pair of execs running Windows, following the departure from Microsoft of Windows President Steven Sinofsky late last year.

    My sit-down with Reller -- my first meeting with Windows management in a number of years -- was more interesting for the between-the-lines tidbits and nuances than it was for the parade of PCs and tablets that she and Aidan Marcuss, Principal Director, Windows Research, pulled out of their bags to show off.

    Here are a few of the topics upon which we touched during our conversation:


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    Microsoft's Windows 8: Coming to a smaller screen size near you? | ZDNet

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    To me, the 7-inch sized tablets (also with Win8) seem interesting.
    Smaller pocket format is sometimes required as an option.
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    I wonder if they'll ditch the minimum resolution limit which means it doesn't run well on some netbooks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    I wonder if they'll ditch the minimum resolution limit which means it doesn't run well on some netbooks?
    I don't think so.
    Those screens are fully capable of at least 1024x768 so it will support metro.

    Otherwise they'll think of something or you'll use a scale tweak.

    But I also hope the lower screens res get a chance.
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    Metro apps may work at 1024 but Metro Snap won't. I'm not sure many people would want to use Snap on that small a screen anyway so it may not be a big deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Metro apps may work at 1024 but Metro Snap won't. I'm not sure many people would want to use Snap on that small a screen anyway so it may not be a big deal.
    And some apps don't fit so nice after snap...
    You're right. I could live without the snap, even on a larger screen, personally no big deal after all.
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    I have two 19 inch 4:3 1280x1024 LCD's. They are not wide screen monitors so I have yet to even see what Snap looks like first hand.
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    I don't use it very often. maybe once in a while I'll snap a calculator or the messaging app
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I have two 19 inch 4:3 1280x1024 LCD's. They are not wide screen monitors so I have yet to even see what Snap looks like first hand.
    Yeah, on my 1366x768 is the minimum requirements for snap... and it doesn't look too interesting. You can just get a quarter of screen or less to split screen between an app and the desktop for instance. No big deal.

    We need wide screens with HD... if resolution down-scaling was possible we could get that on our current monitors as well.
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    How one would use Windows on a 7 inch screen seems interesting. Reminds me of the days back then of the "pocket PC" that ran Windows xp. Basically, it was a baby PC, but usable and deathly portable.

    I kind of might want to see this happen as I recently had an absurd idea to use either Windows RT or Windows 8 or even Windows Phone to basically built a really cool in-dash car stereo.
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