On one hand Microsoft is Metro-ing Windows 8 and pushing the desktop user into a corner, but on the other hand the software giant is making improvements for multi-monitor configurations. The Tech Report writes the new operating system will get a smart taskbar functionality that will only have all apps visible running on that display,
as well as better background options for users with multiple screens.
With Win8, users will be able to set each monitor's taskbar to show only the apps running on that display. There will also be options to have all apps visible on all taskbars or just the one associated with the primary monitor.
It's about time. The post notes that most Microsoft developers and testers have multi-monitor setups at their desks, which makes me wonder why it took so long for this feature to make its way into the OS. Third-party software has provided similar functionality for years.
Along with the much-needed taskbar upgrade, Windows 8 will offer better background options for multi-display configs. The Start menu and charms bar will be accessible from multiple monitors, and Microsoft has tweaked mouse tracking around the corners of the display that share edges with adjacent screens. The video embedded below has a good demonstration of how shared corners "catch" the mouse cursor as it passes by.