Multiplicity Announced

Software developer Stardock has announced a new program this week, Multiplicity. This program enables users to work with multiple computers as if they were a single unit. It functions similarly to a multi-monitor setup except that each monitor is on its own computer with a single "master" computer being the only one with a keyboard and mouse.

A user wishing to control 2 computers, for example, with Multiplicity would have two computers with at least 1 monitor connected to each of these computers. The first computer would have a keyboard and mouse. They work together through a network connection and the result is completely seamless.

It also creates a universal clipboard between all the machines. A Pro version adds support for doing seamless file/directory copies using the copy/paste functionality in Windows. Stardock is targeting power users, gamers, engineers, beta testers, and more with this new program. Stardock believes the main benefit, not easily demonstrated in a screenshot or news item, is how usable it is. The ease of setup, reliability, and seamlessness of it are what Stardock feels will make it very useful to users.

Multiplicity is scheduled for release at the end of this month. Demo versions will be available.

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Not even close. You'll soon have a demo so you can compare the two, head to head. They're only similar in the same way that a car is similar to an 18 wheel semi struck.

Well, I assume one of the advantages is the fact that it doesn't rely on the VNC protocol, and is therefore a lot faster. One thing I never liked about Synergy was the speed. Dragging windows was always a laggy process, even in the newest versions. Hopefully Mutliplicity improves on that...

The whole point of Multiplicity is that it is totally seamless. Everything about it is to set yourself up easily to be able to combine all your computers into a single computing platform. That means very high level of performance, reliable connectivity, high level of ease of use, etc.

I was reminded by someone today that on paper, Microsoft Outlook and the most basic of Linux email clients are very similar. However, I suspect most people who use Outlook would not be inclined to think that the two are really that similar as a practical matter.