Microsoft re-published the multi-monitor article on the Building Windows 8 blog that was published earlier this week and then pulled again. In it, Microsoft reveals how the company intents to improve multi-monitor support in the next version of Windows that will come out later this year. The article begins a breakdown on current multi-monitor supported collected through Microsoft's Windows Feedback Program. About 15% of all Windows desktop users connect the PC to at least two computer monitors. When it comes to laptops, that figure drops to 4.3%.
The article continues with a set of design goals for Windows 8's multi-monitor system support:
The remaining parts of the article address each of the goals in detail.
When it comes to personalization, Microsoft is making changes to the way the desktop is personalized on multi-monitor systems.
Some of the changes include:
Another change comes to the taskbar on multi-monitor systems. Microsoft points out that Windows users who work on multi-monitor systems have different ideas about how the ideal taskbar should look like on those systems. That's the main reason why Microsoft is making available three different display options when it comes to that.
Microsoft then provides a sneak peek of features that multi-monitor users may notice in the upcoming Windows 8 Release Preview. This includes some important changes like the ability to bring up Start, charms and app switching from the corners of any monitor. The company furthermore has improved mouse targeting on the shared edge. It is not uncommon on multi-monitor systems to overshoot the mouse and land on another monitor because of this. Microsoft is introducing an improved model in the Release Preview that is helping multi-monitor users target the shared edges in a better way.
Are you working with multiple-monitors? If so, have any tips for starting users?
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