Microsoft Windows 8 is all set to offer more tools and support for users who need to multi-task between multiple monitors. This is according to a blog post from the company. It means that those who work from a laptop and desktop simultaneously will have an easier time of it.
However Microsoft are to drop the Aero Glass user interface that first appeared in the operating system we’d all rather forget about, Windows Vista. Apparently more than 13 percent of desktop PC users have at least two monitors using their system, says Mark Yalovsky, who is a lead program manager for the user experience team working on Windows 8. It would certainly allow users to play on Partypoker on the one monitor and work on the other.
A further 0.85 percent of Microsoft users have three monitors to maintain, and 0.34 percent have four, so you can see why the company would wish to tackle this issue. Writing in the blog post, Yalovsky said:
„When we embarked on planning Windows 8, enhancing multi-monitor functionality was an important area to improve. A multiple monitor set-up is certainly more common today… and many technical professionals (developers, graphics professionals, architects, etc.) have started using it.”
It is a common standard in PC hardware for them to be capable of supporting multiple monitors, so they are introducing it at a good time.
Windows 8 is going to add a multi-monitor support section to the task-bar, that will make it easier for the user to manage each window. It is also going to enable the user to have personalized backgrounds, rather than one constant in all of them, which will help the users differentiate between monitors as they work.
The addition will also allow users to use traditional applications on one monitor, and Metro-styled ones on the other if they so choose. All in all things are looking good. Let’s see how users find it when Windows 8 is released.