Ever since the introduction of the Modern UI with Windows 8 way back in the second half of 2012, many PC users were against it and they wanted traditional UI back. But after some time, more users actually started to like the new User Interface because of the apps optimized for the new, touch-like environment. Even though a lot of people started to like Modern UI, because of its numerous benefits, it also had some cons. One of them is definitely the appearance of blurry fonts in Windows 8 Modern UI.
Nowadays some Windows 8 users like the new Windows UI so much that they’re demanding some traditional Windows features, like Control Panel for example, to move completely into the tablet-like interface and make all settings available from one place, regardless of the device. But this isn’t the only problem for the users of Modern UI, as a matter of fact this is the less-annoying issue. Another problem hitting users of Windows 8 is related to blurry fonts, as many users complained about this issue all over the Microsoft forums. They said that fonts on their computers looked terrible and foggy.
Users of older Windows versions also had the similar issue, but these blurry fonts only affected Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer on the desktop, while this issue is affecting the Modern UI, as well.
Microsoft Should Perform ClearType in Metro
In order to solve the problem with the blurry fonts in Windows 8 Modern UI, the feedback request was made in Windows UserVoice channel. Shortly after its creation, the suggestion received more than 4,000 votes from Modern UI users. Which means that many people are united in intention to tell Microsoft to make Windows Store apps looking better on their devices. Performing ClearType in the touch-optimized environment arises as a reasonable way to fix the mess. As some users say that Universal Apps look very bad no matter the screen resolution.
Luckily, none of the users experienced this kind of issue in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 Technical Preview, so far. Which means that Microsoft probably didn’t allow this issue to appear in the newer versions of their operating system. But, due the amount of feedback reports, we should expect that Microsoft will start to investigate and eliminate the issue on Windows 8, as well.
Some rumors around the internet say that Microsoft could look for the solution of this problem at rival platforms in order to completely prevent this in the further versions of Windows.
“This problem can be solved for ever if they adopt the rendering technology used in other platforms like Linux and OS X!. I can’t forget the days where I used to use Safari for Windows just because of the font crispness I enjoyed inside of Safari ONLY under Windows.”
Fortunately, Microsoft still has enough time to completely eliminate blurry fonts from the market version of Windows 10, because the Technical Preview will be available until the spring of 2015. But, if we dig in the history a little bit, we will notice that the problem with the blurry fonts have been present since Windows 7, regardless of many workaround people actually found in the meantime.
Currently, Windows 10 is still in the development phase, and only Technical Preview is available to users, so a lot could change until the operating system becomes available in the market in its final version, next year. So, if you’re one of the users facing the problem of blurry fonts in Windows 8 Modern User Interface, the least you can do is to give your vote for the suggestion in Windows UserVoice.