Question about Windows 10 for Surface

Richard Gaskin ambassador at
Tue Oct 20 21:13:41 EDT 2020

jbv wrote:

 > But what about devices like Surface tablets that run Windows 10 ?
 > Can a LC app compiled for windows run on these devices ?

The Microsoft Surface is an awesome piece of hardware. If it wasn't 
notoriously difficult to install Linux on (needs a lot of specialized 
drivers which are included with Windows but not Linux) I'd have bought 
one long ago.

They use Intel's Core series CPUs, so any LC app built for 64-bit 
Windows should run fine on them.  They're full-featured computers, 
probably better thought of as a laptop with a detachable screen than a 
tablet with a docking keyboard.

The only two areas I'm not certain of hopefully others who have a 
Surface can chime in on:

- High-res screen: Not sure how gracefully LC's latest builds provide 
resolution independence on desktop OSes (Surface is 220 PPI).

- Touch input: While modern desktop OSes have been extended in recent 
years to support multi-touch gestures, LC only handles multi-point touch 
inputs on Android and iOS.  Windows does a good job of mapping many 
gestures to discernible keyboard sequences where practical, so your app 
can respond to some gestures via rawKeyDown.  But if you need true 
multi-touch support, we'll have to wait for the engine team to add that 
to the LC desktop engines.

  Richard Gaskin
  Fourth World Systems
  Software Design and Development for the Desktop, Mobile, and the Web
  Ambassador at      

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