My Favorite Windows 7 Feature (so far)

Now have Windows 7 RC on my laptop – and Windows Server 2008 R2 RC on my main desk workstation.  I use the laptop quite a bit as I spend a fair bit of time not in my cube in Sammamish but on campus or sometimes telecommuting from home.  I am fortunate that my R2 server has a couple of video cards and supports up to 4 monitors – although for now I just have 3.  Now when I am at my desk I can remote desktop to my laptop – and use all three monitors.  Very cool!  Or if I am in someone else’s office and can borrow an external monitor I can bring two screens from my desk machines – complete with excellent graphics and sound!


Comments (4)

  1. Ben Howard says:

    I can just imagine you walking around campus with two screens under your arm!  I’d carry the laptop instead 😉

    For me, the integration of virtual PC seems to make images run faster – either that or 7 is "lighter" than Vista.

  2. says:

    You can also do this today when connecting to Vista machines using the "/span" switch, eg:

    mstsc /v:computername /span

    But sure, the new UI option is nice!

  3. Hi Ben 🙂 – I do just carry the laptop, I just "borrow" the screens wherever I can find them.

    and Plaudeman – I haven’t used span for a while, but with 7 it feels like it handles things better when you have different screen sizes. As I type this I have my laptop at 1440 x 900 and an external monitor at 1600 x 1200 and bringing over one of my servers allows me to maximize windows to either or drag across.  I don’t remember /span being that flexible.

    Best regards,


  4. says:

    Ah, it is not something I use much at all, as it is a bit awkward to maximize windows on a spanned session (it maximizes the entire desktop space, instead of just a screen, for example). But tools like WinSplit Revolution, etc. seem like an option if you need to do a lot of work in such an environment.



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