Windows 8.1: improved multitasking and explanation of the new Snap
The long-awaited update of Windows 8.1 Preview officially hit the Internet immediately after Microsoft unveiled it to the world during its Build conference 2013. This post will be entirely dedicated to one of the best aspects of the new version of the OS: multitasking on computers with single and multiple monitors using a Snap.
As you know, the Windows 8 Snap feature allows you to simultaneously use multiple applications with user interface based on metro. Moreover, with this feature, you can simultaneously is on the desktop, and the interface of any Modern app. However, two simultaneously open apps can only take 20% or 80% of the area of the screen.
Windows 8.1 Preview removes this restriction, and the restriction on the maximum number of applications side by side fixed on the screen, now depends only on the size of the display. In addition, you can now pin Windows Store apps on multiple monitors, while Windows 8 lets you do this on only one monitor.
In Windows 8.1 Preview a number of variations of fastening applications boils down to how many pixels are at your disposal. In other words, the higher the resolution of your monitor, the more applications and options you’ll get. For example, on the display with a resolution of 1366×768 you will be able to consolidate the two applications in the ratio of 50:50, 40:60 and 30:70, and a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels gives you the opportunity for simultaneous work with three apps.
Adjust the size of each app on the screen works just like Windows 8, but with much more flexibility. Also in Windows 8.1, you can use a Desk in a very «thin» mode – in the previous version of the operating system in this mode, the Desk was reduced to the panel with thumbnails of open programs and Windows.
In Windows 8.1 there is another interesting addition to multitasking: if you have already attached to the screen two or more applications that any other app that you launch from the start screen, as it is to stay afloat until then, until you wedged it between other apps or drag the mouse cursor (or finger, if it’s a touch device) in place of whatever application you want to replace them.
In the future we will consider other features in Windows 8.1 Preview, and that’s all for now.