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Windows 10 build 14986 improves DPI scaling for classic apps

When Microsoft started rolling out Windows 10 build 14986 for Windows Insiders on the Fast Ring, almost instantly some of the program members noticed a difference in how the OS renders some of the classic applications on high DPI screens, including Surface tablets. This change wasn't mentioned in the original blog post for the release, but a few days later the company has updated it with details about what's changed in DPI scaling.

The work to improve DPI scaling on new devices started in previous OS releases but still is one of the goals for Windows 10 Creators Update. An updated post specifically mentions that most of the improvements are made for classic Win32 applications:

improved high DPI support for desktop apps: Your feedback is important to us, and a few months ago, we shared a discussion about the progress we'd made to high DPI scaling in the Anniversary Update. With the release of Build 14986 to Windows Insiders, we’re very excited to share the next part in that story. Windows Insiders with high DPI devices, such as the Surface Book, will now see improved crispness in the text of a number of desktop applications that previously would display blurry – in particular Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap ins like Device Manager.

If you're using the latest preview builds of Windows 10 Creators Update on devices such as Surface Book or the latest Surface Pro models, you probably noticed the mentioned changes already. If not, you can always join the Windows Insider program and check out the latest improvements in the OS yourself.

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Author: Roman Linev

Long time news writer, Microsoft ecosystem fan, Android user. Loves Japanese culture, photography and his cats. You can also follow Roman on Twitter.

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