Let me try this again in a much more civil tone.
Mr Paul @thurrott is quite upset with Microsoft for saying in its marketing and promoting of the dual screen devices Duo and Neo that multiple screens allow you to be more productive. He calls BS on Microsoft. He contends multi-screens equals multi-tasking. He uses, IMHO, a very poor analogy of texting and driving as support for his case. Well I call BS on Mr. Thurrott. I think Duo and Neo are going to be very useful devices because of the dual screens. Not saying they will outsell iPhone or iPad, but I’m going to get one or both. I can envision many uses for dual screens on either form factor. For some reason though I think they got the names mixed up. The word Neo sounds smaller to me than Duo. Anyway.
I agree 100% with Mr. Thurrott that the human brain cannot multitask; very well, at high level activities. We are capable of some levels of multitasking. Thurrott talks about listening to Audible books and walking at the same time. Sorry man, that’s multitasking. Can you watch TV and eat popcorn at the same time? That’s multitasking. And besides, multiple screens do not automatically mean multitasking.
I need multiple screens for my job. If I had to go down to one monitor I would have print out information on paper and have that scattered across my desk. What’s the difference between a monitor and piece of paper? Or I’d have to switch between apps constantly. Not very productive.
SO…if you use a computer with multiple monitors (or even a very large monitor with multiple apps visible - same thing) or wish you had because you think it would make you more productive, please comment how many monitors you have or would like to have and how you use them. I’ll start:
My accounting machine (Lenovo desktop) has 3 portrait oriented and one landscape. Tax software uses two of the portrait monitors, accounting software in another, and web browser for looking up other information or instructions or an Excel spreadsheet.
My financial planning machine, a Surface Pro, has two 27" monitors connected. I have the screen on the Surface turned off most of time. Often have an Excel spreadsheet in one and trading software in the other. Data from one is input into the other. Even if I can cut-and-paste or import-export, it is much more efficient to have both visible at the same time. When building a financial plan I often have four apps open at the same time.
On my home Dell laptop at home I often have Lightroom controls open on the laptop and the photo I’m editing open on an attached monitor.
So, how about you? If y’all think I’m full of crap, tell me why, and if the majority are convincing, I’ll never bring this up again.