Despite the fact that smaller, handheld screens are outnumbering desktops, Microsoft Research has a thing for big screens. At Microsofts Redmond research offices and almost every office have two or three screens lined up side by side.
The demo rooms have walls full of interlocking screens. It’s apparent that larger screens—20 to 30 inches, as well as multiple screen configurations–will become more mainstream over the next few years, and Microsoft is trying to figure out the best way to design software that takes advantage of the increased screen real estate.
According to a survey 22 percent of projected Longhorn users used a laptop and an additional display or were running two monitors or more on one PC.