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There are not many computers left with 1024x786, so why still support it?

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That entirely depends on your user base, for a commercial site I work on 1024x768 represents 9.49% (166,453) of our visitors, we will continue to support that for some time.

The flip side to that, a hobby project that I work on has a different audience and I don't support 1024x768 as it only represents about 2%.

Check your existing stats and use that to make the decision. Failing that create a responsive layout and stop worrying about the resolution.

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it's a commercial website but only 6% of the uses have 1024x768, guess I'll still support it then –  Ruben Apr 25 '12 at 9:14
    
+1 for responsive layout. Of course then you may have to start looking at browser version stats instead of size to decide what CSS features you can use (IE <9 doesn't do media queries), but it's getting easier and better all the time. –  joshuahedlund Apr 25 '12 at 18:29
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also consider tablets - iPads are 1024x768, and are a small but rapidly growing market, owned by people with (generally) a higher disposable income. –  nthonygreen Apr 27 '12 at 1:55

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