There was a short discussion on the SQL Down Under mailing list this morning about screen resolutions for working with the SQL Server tools. In particular, the issue was about how unusable the tools are on the 1366x768 resolution notebooks that now seem to be the most common. While finding a notebook with an appropriate resolution is obviously the answer at this time, I started thinking that the product itself needs to address this.
SQL Server tools currently target a portrait 4:3 shape for minimum window sizes. Increasingly, portrait 4:3 format monitors are disappearing from sale.
While I loved the standard portrait orientation and prefer to work in it, the world has decided that watching DVDs on computer screens is more important than real work. So sadly, I think the SQL Server tools should now target wide screen formats by default. If you think, as I do, that the SQL Server tools should now be designed to be at least workable on 1366x768, vote here: https://connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer/feedback/details/636373/sql-server-tooling-should-target-wide-screen-form-factors#details