Microsoft Details Windows 8 Graphics, Showcases Power Gains
The latest post involves a dear subject: graphics. It reminds us that Windows 7 added two new components to DirectX: Direct2D for two-dimensional graphics (shapes, bitmaps, etc.) and DirectWrite for handling text, but things are evolving even further in Win8 / WinRT. DirectX became a hardware-accelerated graphics platform for all types of applications, and even Windows RT will be able to take advantage.
The company lists out four primary graphical goals with regard to Windows 8:
- Ensure that all Metro style experiences are rendered smoothly and quickly.
- Provide a hardware-accelerated platform for all Metro style apps.
- Add new capabilities to DirectX to enable stunning visual experiences.
- Support the widest diversity of graphics hardware ever.