The only thing that pops up in our mind as soon as we hear the word Microsoft is, computers. When measured by revenues, Microsoft is the world’s largest software company. All credit goes to Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates, the CEO and Chairman respectively. Microsoft has launched many operating systems and Windows 8 is the new version. This is designed to be used in desktops, laptops, tablets and home theater PCs for both personal and office use. Windows 8 has multiple monitor configurations that act as a key feature. Check out a few tricks that are employed in this operating system.
1. Multiple monitors can be initiated from the Desktop or Metro interface. When using Metro, the “windows charms” needs to be activated by moving from the right or placing the cursor at one of the corners. Click on devices and choose the second screen. Immediately after this, four choices spring up. Options like Duplicate, PC screen only, Extend and Second screen only appear on the screen. Choose Extend to get multiple monitors. In the desktop mode, Control panel has to be opened to access the screen resolution page. You need to opt for the extend option on this page. When other options do not work this is the only option that comes handy.
2. “Desktop Background” can be spread across multiple monitors. These options can be operated on both the interfaces. From the Metro start screen, type, “desktop” or “wallpaper”, select “Settings” and choose “change desktop background”. From the desktop, right click on the wallpaper and choose personalize to arrive at the options. The Span Picture position allows you to share the same image across multiple screens.
Different displays can also be chosen for each of the multiple screens. In order to apply this, right click on the background image’s thumbnail and choose the monitor in which the image needs to be displayed. Changing the settings like tile etc is going to be slightly difficult till you get used to it.
3. The corners are given much importance in the Windows 8 operating system interface. When the cursor is placed in the left hand corner, it displays the list of running apps. The right corners display the “charms”. The left corner displays the Metro start menu. When multiple screens are opened, Microsoft has provided an option known as “hot corners”. This feature has attracted many experts around the world.
In addition to this, Metro and desktop apps can be switched between any monitor. Microsoft 8 is expected to hit the market later this year. And the product is already in limelight.