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Microsoft publishes Made by you – a new series of articles about how it uses feedback to improve Windows 10’s features
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Microsoft publishes Made by you – a new series of articles about how it uses feedback to improve Windows 10’s features

by AshwinJanuary 8, 2016

Microsoft is trying something new with Windows 10.

Windows 10 Display Scaling

No, it is not about a new feature, which we are discussing here.

Instead, the Redmond company has begun publishing a new series of articles about Windows 10’s features. And it is doing so in a very usual way, Microsoft is publishing the articles, called “Made by you”, exclusively to the Insider Hub.

In case you aren’t aware what that is, it is the app which is used to post issues, feedback about the operating system. Microsoft announced in December last year, that it will only publish change logs for new builds of Windows 10, exclusively in the Insider Hub app.

So, it is using the same for the new article series as well. This is probably to incease user activity at the Insider Hub. Nevertheless, the first article does seem to be interesting and provides some insigtht about how Microsoft uses the feedback it receives from users.

Microsoft’s Gabriel Aul announced the launch of the series on twitter today.

But I actually noticed this yesterday, when I got a notification pop-up from the Insider Hub, in the Windows 10 Action Center. Open the following link in your browser, which should prompt you to open it in the Insider Hub app.

insiderhub://announcements/38627b90-98d7-4d39-95c0-cd4055164aec?Source=ShareContent

It also tells how Microsoft uses the feedback it receives to improve the operating system.

What is Made By you?

Made by you highlights how we are addressing feedback from Windows Insiders, how we are investigating this feedback to shape Windows, and why we have made these improvements.

The first article in the Made by You series is about Display Scaling in Windows 10.

For those unware about what it is, Display Scaling is the term used for the resolution which apps use on your device’s screen, for e.g: a PC’s monitor or laptop’s screen.

Some apps will fit well, and the text in them will be readable, whereas some may look odd and blurry. The latter is an example of bad Display Scaling. This usually occurs in high resolution displays, especially those with HD and above.

Add in a secondary monitor to the scenario, and it is a big headache. Microsoft quotes feedback from two different users who reported scaling issues when they connected their Surface Pro 3 to a HD or Quad HD monitors.

Microsoft highlights the fact that most UWP (Universal Windows Programs) apps are designed for scalinf automatically on various displays (phones, PCs, Tablets). However it does point out how some Win32 apps have been improved to work in a multi-monitor environment, such as File Explorer, Start and Cortana.

Currently, apps not optimized to scale include Office apps, and several third party apps like Chrome, Firefox, Notepad++. But this is likely to change soon, as Microsoft is working on some tools for developers, which will allow them to port Win32 apps to work correctly in high DPI devices.

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