The Building Windows 8 Blog has a post date May 14 from Steven Sinofsky that was briefly live and then pulled but still available as a cached page. This has happened in the past when MS fails to coordinate their posts so they likely didn’t want to overshadow the family safety enhancements so this post will go live (again) in a few days. Anyway, let’s get to it:
First off both monitors can have the actions of a primary monitor so that means you can bring up start, enable charms and move Metro apps from one screen to the other. No more establishing a primary monitor. Here’s a mix of their words and my words to make it easier on you:
Show a different desktop background on each monitor. When selecting a personalization theme, Windows 8 automatically puts a different desktop background on each monitor. You can even set a slide show to cycle through pictures across all monitors, or pick specific background pictures for each monitor.
Multi-monitor slide show. It is very typical for people to have a multi-monitor setup that consists of different sized and/or oriented monitors. And of course, not all photos look great in both portrait and landscape or on all screen sizes and resolutions. To address this, we’ve added logic to the slide show code that selects the best suited images for each monitor.
Span desktop background across all monitors. You can now span a single panoramic picture across multiple monitors. We are also including a new panoramic theme in the personalization options for Windows 8.
Show taskbar buttons We chose to provide several multi-monitor taskbar options, so that advanced users with multiple monitors can still fine-tune their desktop experience. First choice puts the tasks on that screen on the taskbar on that screen. Second choice is that the main monitor has all apps and the second window has just the apps that are open on the second monitor. The third option is the default which has all apps on all monitor taskbars.
No broken corners and edges In the upcoming Release Preview, we are making all the corners and edges alive on all monitors. You can now bring up Start, the charms, and app switching from the corners of any monitor.You can switch back to recently used apps from any monitor.
You can watch a video here as well and it’s worth it cause it really shows it all off: EnhancingWin8forMultipleMonitors.mp4