Something Windows 8.1 does very well.

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I run multiple monitors at work. I use these monitors to accomplish different tasks and my basic layout is: the three in the middle are running off of my Windows 8.1 machine which I use to remote into other Windows 7  and Windows Server machines. I also use ssh to log into my linux servers.

This interaction has led me to what I think might be the single best enhancement in Win 8.1 and it has to do with the multiple monitor support for remote desktops. For one, 8.1 keeps the task bar on ALL the  monitors so you have better interaction with each monitor instead of just moving screens.

But here is what I consider the biggest, most important, most useful enhancement for 8.1:

When using multiple monitors for multiple remote sessions the primary display will display a full screen of your remote as if you were sitting in front of it. When moved to the secondary monitors the display is overshadowed by the Win 8.1 frame.

I am fond of using Win 8.1 as my primary host OS so that I can log into OS’ s that are more practical for my office network.

After all the disappointment that is Windows 8.1 I wanted to share a positive attribute as soon as I found one worthy of discussion.

Can you recognize the difference?


Sterling Atkinson

Technologist, IT Director, Communicator. I have served as an IT professional since 2000. My first computer job was working for Creative Labs, Inc. supporting Sound Blaster Live! and other products. I have owned my own technology consulting firm and have been employed full time as the IT Director since 2006. I write for as a way of collaborating with others, documenting challenges and projects and promoting my career as an IT professional. I come from a belief that IT is as much a science as it is an art. Taking a project from conception to completion takes an array of skills which includes critical and creative thinking as well as excellent communications skills. It is my goal to constantly shape and refine these skills and help others develop and improve their skills.

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  1. Andrei Telteu July 26, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Yes indeed Windows 8 handles multiple monitors very well.
    I customized some settings for taskbar and now i see in the external monitor’s taskbar just the programs shown in that monitor, and on my main monitor just the programs shown in this main monitor, it’s like having a separate taskbar for each monitor.

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