Microsoft took to its blog yesterday to announce a new addition to Hyper-V that should have positive results for users of the virtual machine monitor. Ben Armstrong, Hyper-V Program Manager, announced that Windows developers and professional users will now receive improved support for high DPI screens in the latest Windows Insider preview.
“In the latest Windows Insider builds (14371 and later) we have made some strategic changes to address Hyper-V’s usability on High DPI systems.”
Hyper-V has been available since 2008, it was formerly known as Windows Server Virtualization and is a virtual machine monitor (or hypervisor). Since its initial release as part of Windows Server, the service has been synonymous with each Windows build and subsequent Server release. It is available to Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise users.
Considering its age, Hyper-V wasn’t originally made to support high DPI screens, so compatibility with high-resolution displays is something of a problem for the service. This means users with such screens have to make do with blurry text and icons. Microsoft has finally decided to fix the issue with the latest update, which will likely appease a great many users.
The upgrade coincides with Windows 10 build 14371, which is the latest Anniversary Update preview available to members of the Windows Insider Program. In his post, Armstrong says that the Virtual Machine Connection (VMC) executable is now “completely DPI aware.”
Microsoft says this allows users to have better graphics with no clips or strings on any settings, while a new set of DPI compatible icons have also been rolled out. Added to the mix is a fix for an issue that saw guest OS not finding a host DPI in VMC mode. Microsoft scaled the virtual machine screen display to match the host DPI in basic mode to solve the problem.