Windows Blue includes better multi-monitor support

Windows Blue has leaked online, and has provided brave downloaders with new details about Microsoft's upcoming OS update. We now know that Microsoft is building new apps for Windows Blue and that the update includes new Start screen improvements and that Microsoft is introducing tab syncing into IE11

WinBeta got some hands-on time with Windows Blue and are currently finding out some very interesting things. With Blue, Microsoft has expanded the capabilities of Windows 8 across multiple screens. Windows Blue allows users to have two or more applications open on two or more screens along with the desktop, meaning you can have multiple Metro applications, like Mail open alongside "People," open side-by-side, as well as the desktop. While the current implementation is buggy, Microsoft is obviously working on including better multi-monitor support in Windows Blue. 

Helpfully, WinBeta have produced a video showing the new additions: 

Source: WinBeta

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I can open 4 programs at the same time in awkwardly sized windows?! Some hardcore multitasking right there!

Has some nice ideas, but it still needs work. I'd like for a seamless display, not randomly pulling stuff from the left corner of my right monitor. That's just weird...

The smaller tiles will be useful on smaller devices just like they were on WP8. However, I use Windows 8 as a media centre (using Jriver not the ****ty WMC) on my big-screen (48") TV in my living room. The Metro interface is pretty useless in this type of environment since I can't make the tiles big enough to be read from 10 feet away. Microsoft is known to be working on an 80" screen, so I hope they fix this too.

ROFL.

An entire monitor showing the weather?!

Ridiculous.

At least we have Metromix if someone really wanted to have the Weather window on one of your screens. Kudos to Stardock for having some idea of how 99% of people actual use their desktop computers for work and play.

But honestly, for average desktop users the Sidebar widgets accomplished all of this far better. And for advanced users I recommend Rainmeter. It's still supported (v2.5 released this week) and has a wealth of custom widgets/skins/themes.

This start screen nonsense on the desktop is just ludicrous.

The multi-monitor support in Windows 8 was incredibly rushed and that was best evidenced by the inability to run Metro apps on multiple monitors. Microsoft wasn't concerned about desktop users; only those with tablets. It's great that Microsoft is looking to address that but it strikes me as too little and far too late.

theyarecomingforyou said,
The multi-monitor support in Windows 8 was incredibly rushed and that was best evidenced by the inability to run Metro apps on multiple monitors. Microsoft wasn't concerned about desktop users; only those with tablets. It's great that Microsoft is looking to address that but it strikes me as too little and far too late.

Better late than never.

Dot Matrix said,
Better late than never.

Not when there's no compelling reason to use Metro apps on a desktop system. Windows Blue might improve the situation but I can't see myself every using Metro apps on a regular basis unless Microsoft supports running them in a window, like the Stardock app does.

theyarecomingforyou said,

Not when there's no compelling reason to use Metro apps on a desktop system. Windows Blue might improve the situation but I can't see myself every using Metro apps on a regular basis unless Microsoft supports running them in a window, like the Stardock app does.

I use many daily. I don't need windowed apps, even on Vista and 7, I always ran my stuff maximized.

NXTwoThou said,
YAH! One of my biggest complaints. Now if you could just stretch the start screen across multiple monitors.

I expect that to come, this is a early build so it could come in the newer ones.

NXTwoThou said,
YAH! One of my biggest complaints. Now if you could just stretch the start screen across multiple monitors.
Wait, it doesn't do that now? So what is displayed on the second monitor when you login to your PC?

gzAsher said,
Wait, it doesn't do that now? So what is displayed on the second monitor when you login to your PC?

Right now? The desktop is.

Oh, I thought the desktop itself was an app in Windows 8. So all those people crying about Windows 8 not allowing you to boot into desktop, this functionality was present from the start and all you had to do was hook up a second monitor to get the best of both worlds.

You can do this already as long as you open your desktop app and drag it to the second screen before you open your metro apps.

The only thingnthat is different is the half screen metro instead of the 1/3 2/3 way.

majortom1981 said,
You can do this already as long as you open your desktop app and drag it to the second screen before you open your metro apps.

The only thingnthat is different is the half screen metro instead of the 1/3 2/3 way.


No, you're wrong. Currently you can only run Metro apps on one screen. All of the metro apps switch to the screen that app is on.
Dragging the desktop app to the second screen is a wasted step since any screen that Metro isn't on, is automatically the desktop.

The description above is different then what the video shows. You can have a metro app on each monitor on blue which 8 does not do. You can have two metro apps open on the first screen and a desktop app on the second which windows 8 currently does do.

majortom1981 said,
The description above is different then what the video shows. You can have a metro app on each monitor on blue which 8 does not do. You can have two metro apps open on the first screen and a desktop app on the second which windows 8 currently does do.

so they kind of act a bit like Windows 7 gadgets now? Innovative Microsoft, I was wrong about Windows 8 /rushes to store to buy it /s

Charles Cohen said,
If I ever had 2 monitors, I would to use 2 mice, no one's ever done that before.

Google has already done it with Chrome, see https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/multitask.html
"So much web, so little time. Multitask Mode allows you to browse the web with more than
one mouse, so you can see more, do more, and wait less. Unleash your bilateral potential. "
Note that this was announced on 1/4. (Gratuitous comment: UI still better than fullscreen-obsessed Win8! :-)

Edited by gb8080, Mar 25 2013, 5:00pm :

Charles Cohen said,
If I ever had 2 monitors, I would to use 2 mice, no one's ever done that before.
Peanut Butter Pointer (for Windows) has had that for years.

One reason I wanted to try Windows 8 for the supposed better multi-monitor support, shame Windows 8 broke my graphics driver (using newest version available) that worked fine under Windows 7.

an early unfinished build leaked online.

There fixed it for you. Im sick of reading this here,and on places like the verge.

maxslaterrobins said,
Reading what?

you guys keep saying windows blue leaked,instead of saying an early unfinished build of windows blue leaked.

maxslaterrobins said,
Reading what?

I am guessing your repeated mention of "it's buggy". To add my opinion: really bad video/narration. You could've put a bit more effort into what you were going to do/say in it.

vcfan said,

you guys keep saying windows blue leaked,instead of saying an early unfinished build of windows blue leaked.

"While the current implementation is buggy" doesn't do it for you? Everyone who reads about Windows Blue knows that Microsoft hasn't released it yet. I even say it leaked in the first five words: "Windows Blue has leaked online."

Remember, the other day Max stated that he is a "devout OS X user." Which means that everything that Microsoft makes is supposedly junk, full of bugs, security holes, backdoors, and carries a tax that forces you to upgrade to the latest offerings from the greedy "M$" every year or else they will hold your documents hostage.

maxslaterrobins said,

"While the current implementation is buggy" doesn't do it for you? Everyone who reads about Windows Blue knows that Microsoft hasn't released it yet. I even say it leaked in the first five words: "Windows Blue has leaked online."

read your whole post,from title to the end. If someone reads this,they think the final build leaked. Next time you should reference it as early build of Blue. It just sounds wrong. That's like saying windows 8 leaked instead of early alpha when there were those early build without metro.

maxslaterrobins said,
So much meaning can be extracted from the worlds “devout OS X user”.

It's a bit of a ******** statement anyway, Max has an outdated white MacBook bought by his parents

vcfan said,
If someone reads this,they think the final build leaked. Next time you should reference it as early build of Blue. It just sounds wrong. That's like saying windows 8 leaked instead of early alpha when there were those early build without metro.

I dunno, seems a bit nitpicky. A leaked version of [insert operating system here] does not sound like the full release, but rather unfinished development level software not ready for release, hence leaked.