Microsoft said on its Windows 8 blog that 98.8 percent of its Windows 7 users can run 1024x768 resolution or higher.
The stats back up this claim, as StatCounter shows that the 1024x768 is the most popular resolution in use today.
The Redmond giant went further and said that a resolution of 1366x768 is needed to support all of Windows 8's features. This resolution can fit a snapped application of 320px horizontally plus have another application open at 1024x768.
Machines running Windows 8 and having a resolution lower than 1024x768 will work but only support running desktop (non-Metro) applications.
This Metro restriction gives insight to the form factor of tablets that will run Windows 8 --- 7 inchers need not apply. Windows tablets are going to be on the larger end of the spectrum.
On the desktop I am thankful for this move. Hopefully, it can convince web designers that they can safely move beyond columns for content that are wider than 600 to 900 pixels and that they can use CSS media queries make their sites fit, or my preferred option which is to have websites fluid in design.
Most of the web is guilty of this practice and I do wish it would end.
Some would say that it is a long way from software engineering to journalism, others would correctly argue that it is a mere 10 metres according to the floor plan.During his first five years with CBS Interactive, Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining the company as a programmer.Leaving CBS Interactive in 2010 to follow his deep desire to study the snowdrifts and culinary delights of Canada, Chris based himself in Vancouver and paid for his new snowboarding and poutine cravings as a programmer for a lifestyle gaming startup.Chris returns to CBS in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia determined to meld together his programming and journalistic tendencies once and for all.In his free time, Chris is often seen yelling at different operating systems for their own unique failures, avoiding the dreaded tech support calls from relatives, and conducting extensive studies of internets -- he claims he once read an entire one.