Watch this! Using Metro apps on Multiple Monitors in Windows Blue (video)

Many multi-monitor improvements are apparent in Windows Blue, and we’ve created a quick video demonstrating its usefulness! Windows Blue allows those who are using more than 1 monitor to have 2 or more apps open over 2 or more screens at the same time. This means you can have the Mail and People app open on both screens at once, or the Start Screen and Desktop!

Of course, as this is a pre-release build of Windows Blue, bugs are apparent. Just ignore them, we’re certain they’ll get fixed before the RTM version of Windows Blue. In the meantime, get excited, as we expect many more cool features to be part of Windows Blue!

Currently in Windows 8, it is not possible to have the Start Screen or any Metro app opened on one monitor while the desktop is in use on another monitor. The Metro app or Start Screen will disappear. In other words, the Metro app will not remain in full screen on the second monitor. This feature is apparently being worked on in Windows Blue and it partially works as of the leaked build from today.

The video was made with a Virtual Machine, which means both monitors aren’t really monitors (mind boggling!). Check out the video below!

  • BogenDorpher

    I really hope Windows Blue allows you to have the Start Screen (or even Metro apps) up in one monitor and the desktop open in another at the same time, without having the Metro app or Start Screen close as soon as you do anything on the desktop. Really annoying

    • mystogan

      Isn’t that exactly what they are talking about?

  • RWalrond

    Your statement about desktop and metro apps with multiple monitors isn’t exactly correct.

    The way that it works is when you have a metro app open on one monitor and you use the desktop on the other, all works fine. If you switch back to the start screen on the Metro side of the monitors and then click on the desktop side of the monitors then the Metro side switches back to the previous application (like pressing the start button over and over again).

    So if you have the desktop on both sides and you go to the start screen, clicking the second monitor will bring the first open back to the desktop because it was the last opened application.
    The only real bug (if you call it that) is their doesn’t appear to be a way to keep the start screen active and use the desktop on the second monitor.

    • BogenDorpher

      Great point! Kinda sucks not being able to keep the Twitter app open on the second monitor while doing work on the first monitor. Twitter gets “minimized” when you use the Start Screen on the first monitor.

      • RWalrond

        Yes this is true, but looks like Blue will allow you to jump between monitors in a more sensible way. Either way I’m happy to see that Microsoft is actively working on improving Windows (duh, like they wouldn’t be).

  • grapemanca

    It’s odd that the snapped windows continue to be vertical, when so much of Win8 works horizontally. So far, the precise control I get from ModernMix beats anything I see here.

  • Michiel Lowijs

    Did they also implement desktop scaling per screen yet?