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Minimal Resolution Counter Strikes

I installed Visual Studio recently. Not that I plan to get back to programming but I needed a client for Team Foundation Server and web client unfortunately doesn’t support all needed functions.

I must admit guys from Visual Studio check whether display resolution is suitable to for the application. A plus for them. During installation I got the message:

Visual Studio 2008 is designed for a minimum resolution of 800 x 600. Although Visual Studio operates at a lower resolution, you should set your display resolution to 800 x 600 before running Setup.

800 x 600? Um, wrong. Rather 1024 x 576. Can’t set it the way you want. The funny thing is they check display resolution but they come up with wrong conclusions. A minus.

Anyway so far I see no problem with not sufficient vertical resolution while working with Visual Studio. I guess the only potential problem is within horizontal resolution since there would appear horizontal scrollbar (which always sucks) or something. A big plus.

Overall my impression is positive. Actually Microsoft (except of Live Messenger) does pretty good job when it comes to minimal application resolution.

in: software design, user experience

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