Hi, I realize this sort of discussion/question has come up here a couple of times and on many different help forums; but I can't help but create a new one. This is really something annoying.
MICROSOFT! Will you PLEASE hear out your faithful customers and get RID of the compression issues plaguing our modern desktops!?
I realize Microsoft is maybe trying to streamline it's OS to work on many platforms (Desktops, Tablets, Phones, etc..) and the effort is greatly appreciate as it saves a lot of time on some things. Since Windows 7, I really LOVE the feature of having the Wallpapers change every so many seconds/minutes. BEST feature ever in my opinion. I can actually use my monitor as part of an artistic showcase, looks clean and modern.
While I could maybe see the compression becoming an advantage on low-power platforms, many of us use normal desktop computers that can handle JPEG's WITHOUT compression.
I mean, Windows XP could properly display the same image and not compress it; yet our PC's have only gotten more powerful and quicker at multi-tasking since Windows XP. Our monitors have also gone up in quality and sharpness. Why should we have to make do with cheap quality compressed images???
I regularly convert my photography to the proper size to be displayed on my monitor, and it is EXTREMELY irritating to see the quality degrade THAT badly.
An example of the terrible compression Windows 8 imposes on wallpapers:
(a 100% crop from the same 1920x1080 picture to show the compression artifacts)
On the Left: the picture set as a wallpaper
On the Right: the same picture viewed at 100% in Picture Viewer or any other picture software
Thank you for your time; and every effort into fixing this is appreciated. I do not want to come through as "blasting" or "flaming" Microsoft here, just voicing an honest opinion many have been having and many are hoping gets resolved.