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Microsoft is improving HDR support for Windows 10 in an update later this year

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Microsoft is improving HDR support for Windows 10 in an update later this year. This is likely to be part of the Windows 10 Sun Valley UI update, due out in the second half of 2021.

The feature is even available for viewing now, if you’re signed up for the Windows 10 Insider program, which allows users to test the next builds before launch.

HDR is widely considered an update to sRGB, which restricts monitors to producing comparatively limited color space. In comparison, HDR frees up that space to display a much wider, vibrant and more accurate color gamut.

This makes HDR ideal for creative types, whether it’s image and photo editors on Lightroom or digital artists using programs like Clip Studio Paint.

Microsoft is improving HDR support for Windows 10 in an

HDR, of course, has been a conventional display feature for years, and HDR monitors are available for purchase at affordable prices, but that begs the question: with HDR easier than ever, why did Windows take so long to adopt it fully?

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HDR support in Windows 10 has never been stellar. The feature is simply underdeveloped for the operating system, with many users reporting problems such as faded colors, poor compatibility with GPU color options, or simply refusing to be enabled in certain games and programs.

Overall, the consensus is that HDR is completely inconsistent in Windows 10, as pointed out by many forum topics.

When you think about it, though, it’s not a big surprise that Microsoft has waited until now to announce its HDR improvements. Given the unfortunate state of the feature that is in the current builds of Windows 10, it would probably take a reasonable amount of development time to fix and implement properly.

It is possible that HDR is not a priority for Windows 10 either. Unlike a platform like the Xbox, Windows 10 doesn’t have to impress, making games and programs as good and sharp as possible. As an operating system, Windows 10 should work above all else.

Now, HDR won’t be the answer to all Windows 10 problems. The operating system still falls short in many areas, especially when it comes to performance on some hardware and the set of bugs that seem to get in the way of each update.

The next HDR update for Windows 10 is clearly a step in the right direction. Hopefully, it will resolve the aforementioned complaints about faded colors, poor integration with certain programs and so on.

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