Tom is one of the Product Managers at CCL responsible for CPUs, Graphics Cards and Storage amongst other ranges. With his finger on the pulse of the technology retail channel he is ideally placed to provide an insight into the inner goings on of the big names behind the products we all enjoy.

 

1366x768 pixels overtook 1024x768 as the most popular screen resolution worldwide this month according to the latest statistics provided by StatCount. This is a bit of a cheery news post rather than strictly a blog entry, but as I have been waiting for several years for this moment I couldn’t contain myself!

 

Chart displaying screen resolution usage.

Chart displaying screen resolution usage.

 

It might not sound like huge news, but I can’t help but be excited by the new possibilities this will open up for web developers and programmers. At the moment the majority of websites (CCL Online included) are written to be optimised at a width of 1024 pixels, at resolutions wider than this they either fix their width and show a background or stretch the content to take up more space.

With 30% more guaranteed screen space on website you can have more information in front of you more of the time, less scrolling (rejoice!), better designs and easier to use navigation. If you think about a full HD screen you can fit two of most peoples websites side by side on the same screen yet most people use a browser maximised. The possibilities for web developers with 30%+ more horizontal pixels will open the door for a whole new generation of websites in the future.

Since StatCounter began its tracking of screen resolutions in March 2009 1024x 768 has been the dominant resolution globally on the web, however 1024x768 has fallen from 41.8% of total users to just 18.6% in this time, while in the same period 1366x768 has grown from 0.68% to 19.28% of global users. With no sign of slowing there is no reason 1366x768 cannot continue to grow and reach 40%+ market share.

With the imminent arrival of Windows 8 and its optimisation for a desktop experience of 1280x800 and above this can only hasten the adoption of the higher resolution, with most notebooks of the past few years being shipped with this resolution most customers will be Windows 8 ready. The minimum resolution on a screen for many of the Metro UI features of Windows 8 such as Snap is 1366x768.

If you are still using a 4:3 LCD screen with a resolution of 1024x768, or even a CRT monitor then now really is the time to start planning your upgrade to stay with the curve of technology. With prices starting from £59.99 inc VAT for a 1440x900 or 1366x768 screen from big names like Acer there will be no excuse when in 18-24 months’ time a large amount of websites start requiring left and right scrolling to see all the information.

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