Microsoft improves multi-monitor support in Windows 8 Release Preview

By Jos ยท 18 replies
May 16, 2012
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  1. Microsoft plans to make several improvements on how Windows manages multi-monitor setups starting with the next major release of its popular operating system. In a post at the Building Windows...

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  2. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    You know, I'm rather wary of how Windows8 will turn out at the end of it all... But the fact that MS has finally taken on one of my biggest pet peeves with the handling of multiple screens is definitely a positive move in the right direction. Now, whether they actually handle the situation effectively, that's a whole other matter.
  3. Recycle

    Recycle TS Rookie Posts: 53

    I thoroughly enjoyed Windows 8 CP, and multi monitor support was definitely a concern of mine. I'm pretty psyched that Microsoft is really listening to all the comments people are bringing up, and this looks awesome from the video.
    Can't wait to try RP.
  4. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    Always good to have improvements like this; it was one of my biggest issues.. the multimonitor and the sensativity of corner activation of charms and running apps...

    Overall it has been a good experience.
  5. Will MS charge extra for each monitor that the OS will support, liek a built in DRM that says "Ohh sorry goto the metro store and buy the key to allow you access to the 2nd or 3rd monitor"..

    I mean they are already planning on doing so with DVD's who knows what else is next, regardless of hw many ppl who chat on this site use DVD's there is still a vast userbase who do so and the Metro UI is nothing but a cashcow to enforce MS's marketshare as for ease of use it has already been showen on numerous vids it does nothing of the sort.
  6. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,997   +1,317

    id rather they update windows 7 to add this.
  7. This has been around for years... their's third party software that does this.
  8. OMG plz...

    Microsoft, if you are listening... (I hope), Metro UI is nice, but why market it @ 38 & 71 year olds the same/alike?

    40yrold keyboard jockies ... ~who grew up on graphical file system (commodore/amiga, apple, spark/indy, & Windows 1.0 ~ Win XP, etc) as their monitor simulated a graphical workbench are not the same consumers who don't want to be overwhelmed and need a "framework" to overlay their OS (metro UI) so that keeping track of "thinkgs" is easier 4 THEM.

    I don't have a twitter account, I don't have a face book account... I am not that needy. I resent an OS "geared" towards that flavor, yet utterly dismissing then oldschool demographic that grew up with the desktop gui OS.

    Try this...

    Create a folder on ur desktop, drop two icon of anything (websites) in it. Now drag one icon anwhere in that window and release...
    Now atempt to drag the other icon and place it anywhere you'd like within that window and release...

    If that^ aint funny.. (& no matter what ur rebuttal/going to "explain" 2 me.... is even if you do get those icons to stay...

    Just close the window and re-open it and constinue banging ur head forver... & ever... & ever..

    Coincidentally, when I put a Micrometer on the bench, or specifically within a drawer.... I expect it to remain in that exact place when I open it up. No matter what!

    When I place my car in my garage, I want it exactly there when I open it up. Same with the rake in the shed, or a pair of pliers in a drawer. Windows XP is functionally superior to Windows 6~8.

    I've rezerected My amiga bcuz MS is so indept!

  9. MarkHughes

    MarkHughes TS Addict Posts: 143   +73


    I couldn't agree more with that last part, I thought it was just me who got fed up of files not being where I left them :) Its one of the many things I miss about the Amiga. I knew where everything was on that.
  10. bugejakurt

    bugejakurt TS Booster Posts: 158   +15


    I agree and do not with the last part because I too missed that feature when migrating to Windows 7. However I used to have a cluttered window because of that feature. Maybe they should do some other type of intelligent sorting or maybe sections in the window which have freely placing of files/folders
  11. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,372   +69

    Seems pretty broad that an os catering to tablets is so worried about multiple monitors. Besides, I live in a condo and have no room.
  12. Windows 8 needs to provide choice by allowing users to use the classic interface instead of forcing the Metro interface on everyone. Apple decides what's best for users, now Microsoft is going down that road, it may be time to move to Linux.
  13. sapo joe

    sapo joe TS Member Posts: 81   +6

    So, what about Metro? Can we disable it yet? This is a deal breaker for me... I'll end up waiting for a server version of windows 8, so I can have a metro-free interface! (at least I hope so)
  14. sapo joe

    sapo joe TS Member Posts: 81   +6

    Another thing is that MS should give back us the audio hardware acceleration. Harder to happen, but I miss playing games with Directsound 3d and EAX.
  15. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    I still don't get what everyone's beef is with metro. As a standard desktop user, there is no need to use any metro applications. The metro screen simply serves as a glorified start menu, that in many ways is superior. If you ignore metro apps, your daily workflow will not change.
  16. All they need to do is add choice - the choice to have win7 or XP interface. Not so hard. But they want to force people to fit their mould. Fools.
    sapo joe likes this.
  17. Dear Mr.particleZ0069,

    Right click on the window.
    Select 'Arrange Icons By'
    Uncheck 'Auto Arrange'

    Now the icons will stay in the same position as you left it.

    Hope that solves your problem.


    Kishore Kumar A
  18. sapo joe

    sapo joe TS Member Posts: 81   +6

    It's not that simple. And, besides that, it's intrusive and of course that thing is eating system resources all the time.
  19. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    How is it not that simple? I won't argue about the resources claim, because, I suppose you're right... it will take up resources. Whether it uses enough resources to make any noticable impact is another question. I suspect that it will probably take a nibble or two here and there... I highly doubt it will eat 'em up.

    Seriously though, load up the metro page. Remove all of the metro apps, and organize your regular desktop, start-menu apps however you like. The steps you take to get to those applications will be the same or fewer. I don't buy into your obtrusive claim. You're only focusing on one thing at a time anyway. It's not like it's some irritating notification that distracts you from whatever you're working on.

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