Windows 8 Will Feature Enhanced Multi-Monitor Support


Microsoft detailed its upcoming enhanced Multi-monitor support in Windows 8. Windows 7 officially supported multiple monitors, but the experience was limited such as having same background, task bar only in primary monitor, etc,. In Windows 8, Microsoft has improved the  experience to a great extent. Check them out in the video below.

  • Make the desktop a more personal experience. Perhaps the most personalized feature on the desktop is the ability to customize the desktop background. We set out to make this a great experience on multiple monitors too.
  • Improve the efficiency of accessing apps across monitors. In Windows 7, the top request from people using multiple monitors was to improve the taskbar efficiency.
  • Improve the efficiency of accessing system UI. In Windows 7, you could only access the Start menu on one monitor. With the introduction in Windows 8 of new UI that puts controls at the edges of the screen, we wanted to make sure that it’s still easy to access Start, the charms, the clock, and your recently used apps from every monitor.
  • Allow side-by-side Metro style and desktop apps. You can launch or move a Metro style app to any monitor, side-by-side with desktop apps on another screen.

You can read the enhancements in detail in the source link below.

Source: Microsoft (Bing Cache) via: Neowin

  • Mark Matheson

    I’d like to know if I sit a Win8 tablet next to a PC running Win8, can the Win8 PC extend the desktop to the tablet?

    Also, using a Win8 phone near a PC, could you enhance application or game by displaying function icons on it?

    I know these are features that either manufacturers or developers would have to build into their products but I’m curioius to know if the OS will have this kind of interconnectivity without a 3rd party solution as it would surely make the prospect of developing such enhancements easier and therefore more appealing.

    • KM

      This should be doable. There are iOS apps like DisplayLink that allows you to use the iPad as a monitor to your Windows PC, and it does it over WiFi. It’s a bit of a novelty thing because of the size difference, but it works surprisingly well.

      It basically requires some software on the PC that acts as a virtual video card and is able to send video to an app on the tablet.

  • Anonymous

    They fixed the corners!  And it looks like you can now have the start screen on one monitor while using the desktop on the other.  Thank you MS!