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Microsoft Talks Multi-Monitor Support in Windows 8

If you're sitting in front of a computer all day long, it's not at all unlikely that you're working with multiple monitors. Microsoft announced that it's tweaked the multi-monitor support in Windows 8 to better take care of those of us that just can't work with a single display.

"From the very first public release and demonstrations of Windows 8 we have shown improvements over Windows 7 for multi-monitor scenarios and have shown how we support new Metro style apps within a multi-monitor environment," said Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky "We have continued to develop and refine features for multiple monitors and have significantly enhanced the experience as we move to our next milestone, the Release Preview."

With Windows 8, Microsoft is aiming to make the multi-monitor desktop a more personal experience and including the ability to customize desktop backgrounds, adding a different background for each monitor or stretch one image over multiple monitors. You'll also be able to run multi-monitor slide shows.

Windows 8 users will also be able to customize taskbar settings. For example, you can decide if you want to show taskbar buttons on all taskbars, just the taskbar where the window is open, or both the main taskbar and the taskbar where the window is open.

Sinofsky writes that the Release Preview will also contain some changes that Consumer Preview users won't have seen. First, Microsoft is making all corners and edges alive on all monitors and you'll be able to bring up Start, the charms, and app switching from any corner of any monitor.

Microsoft is also introducing and improved model for shared edges that makes it easier to target UI along a shared edge. This means no more slowing down to a snail's pace when approaching a shared edge for fear you'll overshoot and accidentally end up on another display. In addition to improvements to shared edges, there's also 'real corners,' which will provide 6-pixel high barriers that catch the mouse when you're trying to target corners.

 

If you missed out on yesterday's story on Windows 8 ditching Aero, you can click through and read it here.

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  • mcpcna01
    I think that these improvements look promising! I have been waiting for some of these
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  • mcpcna01
    I think that these improvements look promising! I have been waiting for some of these
    Reply
  • mcpcna01
    I think that these improvements look promising! I have been waiting for some of these
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  • jacobdrj
    Wish they would just implement this in Windows 7...

    People have been using multiple displays since before Windows 98... Why has it taken until now to put some of these features in? This stuff is obvious to ANYONE who uses multiple displays for more than 20 minutes...
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  • koga73
    Finally!!! If you have Windows 7 and want these features now get UltraMon
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  • Jarmo
    Nice. I was half expecting they'd have removed the capability "because only 10%" use multiple monitors, but then "no worries" made it available for those who need the capability, as an inexpensive DLC.
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  • BringMeAnother
    Maybe there is a reason to upgrade after all if you are using Windows on a desktop.
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  • killerclick
    Ok, one tiny step in the right direction. Now they only need to make the Metro apps run inside windows in desktop mode, and make the Metro Start Screen in desktop mode the size of the current Start menu.

    As for Metro itself, not that I see myself using it, but if they enabled splitting the screen in other ratios except 80:20, that would be a big improvement.
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  • lahawzel
    Ultramon and Actual Multiple Monitors already have these (and much more), so this doesn't quite compel me to upgrade to Windows 8.
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  • back_by_demand
    Too much focus on the negative aspects of Win8 and not enough on the positive, I want to see more about what it can do.

    Oh, and for those who moan about removing the DVD decoder from WMP? Why are you even using it at all when XBMC exists
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