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How can I run Metro app (IE for instance) on one monitor and another app (say Media player) on the other monitor side by side? I do not want the app to snap (that app should maximize). Somehow when I context select one app, the other app pauses.

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it is a big limitation if that is the case, defeats the purpose of multi monitor if I cannot run metro apps on different screens in parallel. Not sure if multi monitor support is only for native apps. I do not see the starts menu on both screens though. –  Rohit Sharma Jun 30 '12 at 12:37
Everything I've read indicates that Metro apps can only run on one monitor at a time; the other monitors will show the desktop. Start screen can be brought up on any monitor, but the others will get switched back to the desktop. –  Luke Jun 30 '12 at 13:30
But then Win8 is also a Desktop OS not just a tablet OS right, and it is common to have multi monitors on Desktop these days, so personally I'd say it is a big limitation (why can I not read news and play music at the same time?) –  Rohit Sharma Jun 30 '12 at 14:36
Actually multiple monitors are not common at all (especially in the consumer space); if you believe Microsoft's numbers only 15% of desktops have multiple monitors. Most of those people are either professionals (developers, artists, etc.) or enthusiasts whose workflow will most likely not include Metro apps anyway. –  Luke Jul 1 '12 at 0:16
The 15% users are among those who participated in Windows Feedback Program, not every one does it. Almost all my developer friends at home and EVERY ONE in my company has >= 2 monitors. Also please note "Today, support for multiple monitors is standard on virtually all PC hardware, and monitor prices are at an all-time low (as of writing this post, you can purchase a 21” LED display in the $140 USD range). As a result, we continue to see increased adoption of multi-monitor configurations, both by enthusiasts and technical professionals.". Windows 8 is not a true tablet OS –  Rohit Sharma Jul 4 '12 at 7:08

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