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What Windows 8 [Metro] Apps might be useful on a 24-inch monitor?

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    What Windows 8 [Metro] Apps might be useful on a 24-inch monitor?


    So far I haven't seen any Windows 8 apps that make sense for a 24-inch monitor. Of course there aren't very many available yet so the question might be better stated as "What Windows 8 apps imagined for tablet or smaller screens would be useful on a 24-inch monitor?" Of course you can run all of them on such a large screen but I've looked at weather and news and find them to be a terrible waste of space. It would seem like running them in a smaller window of your choice (like BlueStac) would make more sense.

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    I am developing applications that maximizes content per screen, it also won the 2012 International Windows 8 Hackathon, so Microsoft approves!



    In the future I might add another grid for the right, so I can space things out a little and add more content.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CalBear View Post
    So far I haven't seen any Windows 8 apps that make sense for a 24-inch monitor. Of course there aren't very many available yet so the question might be better stated as "What Windows 8 apps imagined for tablet or smaller screens would be useful on a 24-inch monitor?" Of course you can run all of them on such a large screen but I've looked at weather and news and find them to be a terrible waste of space. It would seem like running them in a smaller window of your choice (like BlueStac) would make more sense.
    On a large, widescreen display, I'd snap one of the Windows RT apps (weather or one of the music ones) to the small side, and use the desktop on the remaining space.
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    I'd say photo related apps are best as they're more immersive...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    I am developing applications that maximizes content per screen, it also won the 2012 International Windows 8 Hackathon, so Microsoft approves!



    In the future I might add another grid for the right, so I can space things out a little and add more content.
    Great! That looks like a reasonable amount of information if it is all on the screen at one time. Other apps also have large amounts of information but presented in small amounts taking the whole screen then you have to scroll to get to the other parts.
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    On a large, widescreen display, I'd snap one of the Windows RT apps (weather or one of the music ones) to the small side, and use the desktop on the remaining space.[/QUOTE]

    Yes, that feature is some help however the app may take more room than the displayed information requires. Since I use 2 monitors that method does leave enough room to get some multi-window work done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I'd say photo related apps are best as they're more immersive...
    You're right. I often use a large part of a screen for photo programs. Hopefully the designer of such apps will allow large amounts of content on the screen.
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    Some good answers. Thanks! I hope some app designers see this thread. I'm looking forward to using Windows 8 as my experience using the desktop on 2 monitors has been good.
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    It's too bad Metro is a one monitor only, full screen only GUI. IMHO its crippled right out of the box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    It's too bad Metro is a one monitor only, full screen only GUI. IMHO its crippled right out of the box.
    Interesting comment since the thread is about apps taking up too much of the screen with too little information. I'm very happy with Windows 8 for getting some real work done using the desktop.
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