Windows 8 post on multi-monitor support is back up

On Tuesday of last week, Microsoft posted up an extensive look at plans to support multiple PC monitors for Windows 8 on its official blog. That post was removed quickly, but not before we got a chance to check out the entry and post some information, and some pictures, from the blog site. Today, Microsoft has posted up the Windows 8 multi-monitor post again on its blog.

The blog post goes over much of what was talked about in the previous version. That includes Microsoft's plans to support multiple monitors in the forthcoming Release Preview version, due out on the first week of June. One features that's being added is the user will be able to bring up the Start screen, the new Windows 8 charms features, and app switching from the corners of any PC monitor.

Windows 8 owners will be able to move apps to other monitors on their PC set up in a number of ways in the Release Preview, including the simple "drag and drop" mouse movement feature for Metro apps, whether they are in full screen on in "snapped" mode. Overall, it looks like power users with more than one monitor have a lot to look forward to sometime in the next couple of weeks.

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Gutierrez said,
dont give a single s*it about windows 8. Since WHEN an OS decide what I can do or not?.
Since the first OS was made?

Have 3 monitors side by side and be able to control your PC by using your Windows Phone 8 phone as a trackpad and a Windows 8 tablet as an additional screen and "controller".

Windows 8 now brings to the table the best multi monitor support, even if you are not dualing them as a single display. For the first time ever I can use the extended display to show something totally different thanks to the customizable taskbar they've brought.

Jose_49 said,
Windows 8 now brings to the table the best multi monitor support...

Nice talking point/marketing speak...

But clearly, you aren't a multimonitor user. If you were, you'd know have been multiple solutions for Windows that do everything Windows 8 has just added (and more!) for over a decade in some cases.

Regardless, I'm glad that MS is finally adding rudimentary multimonitor taskbar controls years after it was needed.

I laugh at all the posts in this thread that have nothing to do with the video.

Onto the video, I like the 6 pixel threshold. I also like the enhancements to snap.

So there is 6 pixels threshold before cursor moves to other screen. I wonder how many people will get it right. From my experience it is really hard to get charm bar or start image to appear, i always miss it. To average user none of this is intuitive, i hope they include really detailed Tour.

Highlander77 said,
So there is 6 pixels threshold before cursor moves to other screen. I wonder how many people will get it right. From my experience it is really hard to get charm bar or start image to appear, i always miss it. To average user none of this is intuitive, i hope they include really detailed Tour.

The average user won't be using more than one monitor.

Highlander77 said,

In work environment Dual screen setup is standard.

Which isn't the average setup. Something tells me you didn't read the blog beyond what you see here.

Also, in the CP there is no threshold, which is why you and many others, including me, miss the targets.

Highlander77 said,
So there is 6 pixels threshold before cursor moves to other screen. I wonder how many people will get it right. From my experience it is really hard to get charm bar or start image to appear, i always miss it. To average user none of this is intuitive, i hope they include really detailed Tour.

The difference in the RP is that the mouse pointer "sticks" too the buffer / gets attracted too it when in a multimonitor environment.

Highlander77 said,
...From my experience it is really hard to get charm bar or start image to appear, i always miss it...

Just push the Windows key on the keyboard...

"numerous companies embracing the ipad" How many sites can you link me to that run on a ipad? You seem to missed the point all together.

I think Windows 8 will be one of the biggest flops in the tech world history.. It will end up costing MS millions if not billions in lawsuits etc.. MS has flopped major time on this Windows release.

Jason_Coffey said,
I think Windows 8 will be one of the biggest flops in the tech world history.. It will end up costing MS millions if not billions in lawsuits etc.. MS has flopped major time on this Windows release.

Lawsuits?

Jason_Coffey said,
I think Windows 8 will be one of the biggest flops in the tech world history.. It will end up costing MS millions if not billions in lawsuits etc.. MS has flopped major time on this Windows release.
There will be no lawsuits! Thats such a wrong idea. Its MS's product, they can change their platform and the UI however they want. If you dont like it, dont buy it. Its that simple.

Jan said,

Lawsuits?


Yes, all metro haters are going to sue Microsoft for including Metro in Windows because "Metro is bad/ugly" and takes full screen to display Metro apps.


Jason_Coffey said,
I think Windows 8 will be one of the biggest flops in the tech world history.. It will end up costing MS millions if not billions in lawsuits etc.. MS has flopped major time on this Windows release.

Not lawsuits. Lost desktop sales (to Apple which will ironically have a windows desktop environment people will be more comfortable with now) and massive numbers of corporate IT "skips".

Does anyone know any major IT department for any major corporation that isn't planning to skip Windows 8 at this point? I don't know a single one--as they are all terrified of the sheer volume of "how do I close a program?" and "where's my start button?!" and "where are the [invisible] master controls and settings and everything else I need to actually run my computer?!" etc. etc. And that is TERRIBLE news for Microsoft's legacy market share.

All they had to do was give desktop/mouse users a few legacy options (non-invisible corners, start button, etc.) and make those the default for non touchscreen devices and MS could have had their tablet/phone cake and eaten it on the desktop too.

Windows 8 is the New Coke of operating systems...

excalpius said,

Not lawsuits. Lost desktop sales (to Apple which will ironically have a windows desktop environment people will be more comfortable with now) and massive numbers of corporate IT "skips".

Does anyone know any major IT department for any major corporation that isn't planning to skip Windows 8 at this point? I don't know a single one--as they are all terrified of the sheer volume of "how do I close a program?" and "where's my start button?!" and "where are the [invisible] master controls and settings and everything else I need to actually run my computer?!" etc. etc. And that is TERRIBLE news for Microsoft's legacy market share.

All they had to do was give desktop/mouse users a few legacy options (non-invisible corners, start button, etc.) and make those the default for non touchscreen devices and MS could have had their tablet/phone cake and eaten it on the desktop too.

Windows 8 is the New Coke of operating systems...

So you speak for all the IT departments in the world?

Palpatine said,
There will be no lawsuits! Thats such a wrong idea. Its MS's product, they can change their platform and the UI however they want. If you dont like it, dont buy it. Its that simple.

Settle down. There will be IF EU doesn't like it and it breaks their antitrust agreements. It has nothing to do with skipping this version or not.

Palpatine said,
There will be no lawsuits! Thats such a wrong idea. Its MS's product, they can change their platform and the UI however they want. If you dont like it, dont buy it. Its that simple.

Yeah it is MS's product.. Guess that is why they never been sued over their product.. Yawn.

efjay said,

So you speak for all the IT departments in the world?


IT's do not want to run massive networks on a "desktop" OS that seems to belong on some 300$ smart phone. Oh look a new tile... OMG a new app....

Jason_Coffey said,
I think Windows 8 will be one of the biggest flops in the tech world history.. It will end up costing MS millions if not billions in lawsuits etc.. MS has flopped major time on this Windows release.

Dafuq? Lawsuits? Who's suing Microsoft and for what?

Jason_Coffey said,

IT's do not want to run massive networks on a "desktop" OS that seems to belong on some 300$ smart phone. Oh look a new tile... OMG a new app....

So you too speak for all IT departments? No one has provided proof of these statements, yet state them as facts. How about some hard evidence?

And people seem to be conveniently ignoring the numerous companies embracing the ipad....http://www.technobuffalo.com/c...sinesses-adopting-the-ipad/#. How much better will a Windows 8 device be, whether a tablet or hybrid, that they can actually control with enterprise admin tools?

Jason_Coffey said,

IT's do not want to run massive networks on a "desktop" OS that seems to belong on some 300$ smart phone. Oh look a new tile... OMG a new app....

So, you're saying IT departments want to skip over low overhead? Why build a desktop app that could take developers a while to build, test, and deploy, not to mention *only work on one device*, when they can reduce overhead and build an HTML5 Metro app instead, that will work, and plug into across multiple devices? Sounds to me like a slam dunk deal.

Dot Matrix said,

So, you're saying IT departments want to skip over low overhead? Why build a desktop app that could take developers a while to build, test, and deploy, not to mention *only work on one device*, when they can reduce overhead and build an HTML5 Metro app instead, that will work, and plug into across multiple devices? Sounds to me like a slam dunk deal.


Standers need to be in place before such major changes can be rolled out to the mass public. Windows 8 will not do that.

butilikethecookie said,

Settle down. There will be IF EU doesn't like it and it breaks their antitrust agreements. It has nothing to do with skipping this version or not.

The anti-trust shakles came off last year. EU can't do anything without a new investigation, besides, there is nothing in Windows 8 that's causing concern. They can't just shakle them again over Metro.

Jason_Coffey said,

Standers need to be in place before such major changes can be rolled out to the mass public. Windows 8 will not do that.
That's not what he meant. He's actually referring to internal apps that can be deployed via the company's internal Windows Store that can be deployed to desktop, laptop, hybrid laptop, and tablet all at the same time with the same app - including Windows on ARM tablet.

KevinN206 said,
That's not what he meant. He's actually referring to internal apps that can be deployed via the company's internal Windows Store that can be deployed to desktop, laptop, hybrid laptop, and tablet all at the same time with the same app - including Windows on ARM tablet.

Don't forget Windows Phone.

Jason_Coffey said,

Standers need to be in place before such major changes can be rolled out to the mass public. Windows 8 will not do that.

Standers?

Jason_Coffey said,

Standers need to be in place before such major changes can be rolled out to the mass public. Windows 8 will not do that.

What stnadards? There are no standards here on the desktop to begin with, why does Win 8 need them?

Jason_Coffey said,
I think Windows 8 will be one of the biggest flops in the tech world history.. It will end up costing MS millions if not billions in lawsuits etc.. MS has flopped major time on this Windows release.

Guys, you've heard it here first! Clearly Jason Coffery is a wizard since he's able to divine the future!

[quote=excalpius said,]Does anyone know any major IT department for any major corporation that isn't planning to skip Windows 8 at this point?quote]

Might not count, but my campus at Uni is switching to Win8, but then again all the IT classes happen here, so we already know the ins and out of Windows 8.

Jason_Coffey said,

IT's do not want to run massive networks on a "desktop" OS that seems to belong on some 300$ smart phone. Oh look a new tile... OMG a new app....

Speak for yourself.. IT would love anything that simplified PC's.

spudtrooper said,

Speak for yourself.. IT would love anything that simplified PC's.

And Windows 8 "simplifies" PCs? REALLY?!

The biggest pain in the ass (and biggest hard cost in man hours) for all IT departments is retraining and questions that come from the average users regarding new upgrades.

Anyone see Windows 8 meaning LESS calls to IT...for ANYTHING?!

Of course not.

Ukumio said,

Might not count, but my campus at Uni is switching to Win8, but then again all the IT classes happen here, so we already know the ins and out of Windows 8.

Not really what I am talking about, no. But thanks for the info. 8)

Dot Matrix said,

Why build a desktop app that could take developers a while to build, test, and deploy, not to mention *only work on one device*, when they can reduce overhead and build an HTML5 Metro app instead, that will work, and plug into across multiple devices?

While this isn't related to my point about IT/Tech Support dealing with a nightmarish Windows 8 transition, it does bring up a good point.

Companies that do create their own software, either for sale or for internal deployment only, can and will make their decision whether to migrate to HTML5 for their own reasons...regardless of Windows 8.

However, if they've already coded it properly, minor tweaks would let it work via the Windows 8 desktop/Start Screen paradigm. And that would be MUCH more affordable than coding it from scratch.

And I don't know about you, but every programmer I know is sick and tired of being sold by Microsoft on the latest, greatest programming language year after year.

While HTML5 seems unlikely to fall into that trap, I'd rather adjust my own API calls on existing, proven code than start from scratch...again. 8P

But that's a separate discussion, better left to companies and programmers who code for a living.

excalpius said,

While this isn't related to my point about IT/Tech Support dealing with a nightmarish Windows 8 transition, it does bring up a good point.

Companies that do create their own software, either for sale or for internal deployment only, can and will make their decision whether to migrate to HTML5 for their own reasons...regardless of Windows 8.

However, if they've already coded it properly, minor tweaks would let it work via the Windows 8 desktop/Start Screen paradigm. And that would be MUCH more affordable than coding it from scratch.

And I don't know about you, but every programmer I know is sick and tired of being sold by Microsoft on the latest, greatest programming language year after year.

While HTML5 seems unlikely to fall into that trap, I'd rather adjust my own API calls on existing, proven code than start from scratch...again. 8P

But that's a separate discussion, better left to companies and programmers who code for a living.

HTML5 isn't a Microsoft language though... Which is why I think it would work. It's coming to be a set standard between everybody.

If you look closely, you can see that this build is over a month old, build 8331. How long are they holding onto these blogposts before releasing them?

dagamer34 said,
If you look closely, you can see that this build is over a month old, build 8331. How long are they holding onto these blogposts before releasing them?

A lot of them are always delayed. I mean the post about the new Desktop UI had the screenshot dated from April I believe.

Massive improvements that really make both classic and the new mix much better. Nothing will stop the complaint train - but when(if) Windows 8 tablets are adopted people will be super happy to have those "Metro" apps also available on the desktop.

GP007 said,
So, why did MS pull the blog post originally? Did anything change between the two posts?

Probably to stagger/contain the reveal of goodies up to the RP?