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Microsoft Invents Split Screen PC

CmdrTaco posted more than 7 years ago | from the let-me-have-less-please dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "New technology from Microsoft Research India in Bangalore could end the waiting game in offices with limited computers. Researchers are developing software that splits a computer screen in two halves, each side with its own operating system, desktop, applications, cursor and keyboard." Mom! Timmy is on my side of the screen again!

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Fixed (5, Funny)

fatduck (961824) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011041)

Researchers are developing software that splits a computer screen in two halves, each side with its own Vista CD-Key, desktop, Office 2007 license, cursor and keyboard. And don't even think about copying music from one side of the screen to the other, you pirate!

Re:Fixed (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19011073)

I hadn't thought about that. Another thing to consider is that "Coming out of the closet" (very often shortened to "coming out" in winking reference to the public introduction of debutantes) describes the voluntary public announcement of one's (primarily homosexual or bisexual) sexual orientation or gender identity.

Being "out" means not concealing one's sexual orientation. Being "outed" refers to having one's sexual orientation made public typically against one's wishes or without one's consent. "Outing" is the process of deliberately disclosing the sexuality of another who, presumably, wants to keep this information private.

Some people who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transsexual, or who otherwise might prefer same-gender sexual activities or relationships, have engaged in heterosexual activities or have had long-term heterosexual relationships, including marriage. Well known examples include Elton John. Even Oscar Wilde was married and a father, until his real orientation became known as the result of an libel suit which led to his conviction for gross indecency.

Such apparently "heterosexual" behavior by people who would otherwise consider themselves gay or lesbian has often been part of being "in the closet" to create an illusion for acceptance by heterosexual surroundings. Imposed heterosexuals are of course to be distinguished from "out" bisexuals in long-term heterosexual relationships.

Others who are "in the closet" have no heterosexual contact and simply want to protect themselves from discrimination or rejection by not revealing their sexual orientation or attractions (see pronoun game). This practice may be becoming less common as acceptance of homosexuality increases, although there has been a recent and ongoing rise in the number of men on the "down-low" or "DL"[citation needed] (this means they may be straight, married, or simply gay but feel very strongly against anyone knowing about their business).

Re:Fixed (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19011147)

You know what you are? A shit faced cockmaster.

Hey, Windows/Linux refugees! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19011121)

The only thing more pathetic than a PC user is a PC user trying to be a Mac user. We have a name for you people: switcheurs.

There's a good reason for your vexation at the Mac's user interface: You don't speak its language. Remember that the Mac was designed by artists [atspace.com] , for artists [atspace.com] , be they poets [atspace.com] , musicians [atspace.com] , or avant-garde mathematicians [atspace.com] . A shiny new Mac can introduce your frathouse hovel to a modicum of good taste, but it can't make Mac users out of dweebs [atspace.com] and squares [atspace.com] like you.

So don't force what doesn't come naturally. You'll be much happier if you stick to an OS that suits your personality. And you'll be doing the rest of us a favor, too; you leave Macs to Mac users, and we'll leave beige to you.

Re:Fixed (5, Funny)

keird (519534) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011131)

it's like a guiness commerical.

billg: you know how we've forced every computer user in the world to buy a copy of windows for their computer?
steveb: yes
billg: well, i've come up with a way to make them buy TWO copies of windows for each computer!
steveb: brilliant!
billg: brilliant!

Re:Fixed (-1, Redundant)

MadnessASAP (1052274) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011201)

More like billg: that's the dumbest fucking idea I've heard since I've been at Microsoft.

Re:Fixed (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19011505)

Never mind that someone made that same wisecrack here half an hour earlier [slashdot.org] , Karma whore.

Re:Fixed (1)

S.O.B. (136083) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011281)

Even better. You need a PC with double Vista's system requirements.

Re:Fixed (3, Insightful)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011261)

Researchers are developing software that splits a computer screen in two halves, each side with its own Vista CD-Key, desktop, Office 2007 license, cursor and keyboard. And don't even think about copying music from one side of the screen to the other, you pirate!

give them credit where credit is due. The same research facility came up with another similar technology where you can attach multiple (unlimited) mice to a single PC and all operate independently. This means that you can put many kids on a single computer, and they can all play and learn, basically for free, as all the costs you have for adding one more child to the PC, is adding one more (USB) mouse. Neat, isn't it.

Now this new technology seems to be targeted at education again, and if you can have each OS copy on a separate monitor (most cards today handle 2 monitors at least by standard), it's a really really good thing to have.

Microsoft Research really puts out cool things, and this just a little bit of what they've done to advance interfaces, OS design, security etc. Not all of this technology goes directly in the next version of Office/Windows, but may be licensed to third parties for implementation, or be used in specific cases, such as the multi-mouse / split-screen technology.

Re:Fixed (1)

iamacat (583406) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011289)

More importantly, a business has money to buy all these software licenses, but can not spare $50 to buy a 15" CRT monitor for a worker educated enough to use a computer in the first place. I really hope this is a hoax designed to attract attention to working conditions in Banglore. A PC with 8 monitors, 8 keyboards/mice and OSS could be useful for light office work or data entry though.

Extreme programming (4, Funny)

iamacat (583406) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011353)

On the second thought, this would be perfect for extreme programming. Remember, you have to sit close enough to smell each other's farts.

Re:Fixed (3, Informative)

eraser.cpp (711313) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011475)

To be fair, this is Microsoft Research we're talking about. They don't (directly) exist to fill Microsoft's pockets and mostly research problems/ideas broadly related to computer science. Many famous figures in CS work there, including the creators of LaTeX and Quicksort.

All it needs... (4, Funny)

6Yankee (597075) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011061)

...is a Hello Kitty theme. I'd gladly suffer it just to piss the other guy off!

Microsoft just needs to innovate (3, Interesting)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011143)

how to split the mouse and keyboard effectively (ergonomic split keyboard?).

Otherwise, why not just use dumb terminals? Because sharing a computer jostling the person next to you is going to be a nightmare.

Not to mention the suckage of having your side of the monitor always in ultra-narrow landscape mode when most programs and OSes aren't made for that. Vertical scrolling is okay, horizontal is just plain tedious.

Re:Microsoft just needs to innovate (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19011259)

Especially if they're Indian. Pheeeeew!

Re:Microsoft just needs to innovate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19011383)

How is this any different to the split-screen 2-player games we had on 8-bit micros back in the 1980s?

Bill Gates quoted saying: (5, Funny)

dotgain (630123) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011063)

"that's the dumbest fucking idea I've heard since I've been at Microsoft."

Re:Bill Gates quoted saying: (2, Funny)

buswolley (591500) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011101)

Yes. Except if your computer simultaneous dual boot

Re:Bill Gates quoted saying: (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011111)

Can you imagine Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer sitting side-by-side in the same chair?

Re:Bill Gates quoted saying: (1)

mikkelm (1000451) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011477)

Not unless the chair is bolted to the ground.

Re:Bill Gates quoted saying: (1, Interesting)

Soruk (225361) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011113)

The only thing that's newsworthy about this is Microsoft have no shame about shouting that they've been getting people to reinvent a wheel that has been around for about a decade. And it wouldn't be the first time, either. The new technology in NT? Virtual memory, straight from VMS.

Re:Bill Gates quoted saying: (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19011271)

The "NT" didn't stand for "New Technology", it stood for the Intel i860 CPU, code-name N-ten, which was the platform for which Windows NT was targetted.

Re:Bill Gates quoted saying: (5, Insightful)

hjf (703092) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011123)

I have a feeling that this would be a new Slashdot Classic. Congratulations for being the first slashdotter to use it!. Now, who wants to start tagging with "dumbestfuckingidea" ?

Re:Bill Gates quoted saying: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19011491)

"that's the dumbest fucking idea I've heard since I've been at Microsoft."
It sounds more like a poorly implemented X terminal. And why the hell do you need two operating systems? Oh yeah, this is Windows. It still hasn't figured out how to reasonably multitask with more than one user.

And how much do you want to bet that Microsoft will charge the same for this software as a company could pay for an additional computer? No takers?

Call me when they... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19011493)

manage to split the screen into 13,256,278,887,989,457,651,018,865,901,401,704,640 sections!

Re:Bill Gates quoted saying: (1)

Romwell (873455) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011509)

Hey, mod parent up, he's referring to the other article which says that BillG says it every time he listens to a presentation of a new idea.

Too late for April fools! (4, Funny)

gvc (167165) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011075)

Two virtual desktops on one screen! What will they think of next?

Re:Too late for April fools! (1)

thewils (463314) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011105)

Maybe they'll come up with the idea of putting virtual desktops on a cube?

Re:Too late for April fools! (1)

that this is not und (1026860) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011223)

The technology is here now, but I have yet to see a screen saver that is a spinning and rotating cube, with independent live video feeds on each face of the cube.

Maybe I just haven't been looking enough, though. I seldom if ever frequent those 'screen saver' web sites.

Re:Too late for April fools! (1)

Goaway (82658) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011159)

How is this anything like virtual desktops, exactly?

Re:Too late for April fools! (5, Interesting)

Threni (635302) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011161)

Sharing a screen using a high refresh rate and lcd glasses that shows each user alternate frames?

Re:Too late for April fools! (1)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011225)

Sharing a screen using a high refresh rate and lcd glasses that shows each user alternate frames?
too expensive. They should just go with red/green glasses. They could even have multiple colors for more than two.

Re:Too late for April fools! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19011267)

I think Panasonic has a concept LCDTV that use some optical effect to display 2 pictures at once, one if you're looking at it from the right and one for the left.
The problem is you can't see anything watching it straight from the center.

Re:Too late for April fools! (5, Funny)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011191)

Well they consider the fact that you have to have two keyboards a major issue, and the mouse for the person on the right is a problem as it elbow the guy on the right. TO fix this bombay engineerd have developed a new spoken and written language based on a 13 letter alphabet. Actually they have invented two languages. The first language uses the letters "QWERTYASDFGZXC" and the second language uses the letters "YUIOPGHJKLVBNM". Punctuation is only allowed in one language, and top engineers are still working on a base-5 math curriculum for schools.

In a lab down the hall Microsoft chemists and psychologist are experimenting with drops that can be added to Milk to cause children to develop lefthanded allowing better mousing interaction when one child is lefthanded and one is right.

An unexpected bonus on the 13 letter alphabet was that now the keyboard can be used one handed allowing the griping hand to hold the mouse all the time. Apparently this is fully engaged mouse posture is helping productivity in the telephone sales boiler rooms of calcutta.

Problems have arrisen between children unable to speak each others language, and a caste system is developing in which the left-screeners or "sinisters" are considered unclean.

Re:Too late for April fools! (1)

that this is not und (1026860) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011255)

Well they consider the fact that you have to have two keyboards a major issue,

Now you've drifted off, and are describing features, not requirements.

top engineers are still working on a base-5 math curriculum for schools.


No, what you're describing is incorrect. There is a third sibling, the youngest one, who is only given access to the numeric keypad. The older two become mathematically illiterate. Little Poonam, on the other hand, becomes an idiot-savant who can total long mathematical problems in her head, but has no language skills whatsoever.

It is worse then that. (1)

forgotten_my_nick (802929) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011325)

It is not just two Operating systems sharing the same processor but you also have to plug in a second mouse and keyboard.

Maybe it is the one PC per two children program?

It's been done before (2, Interesting)

kiyoshilionz (977589) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011077)

Jetway Magic Twin MiniQ Computer [anandtech.com]

One of our favorite things on slashdot! The obligatory "This isn't news, I've been doing it for X years!" post

Re:It's been done before (1, Informative)

Goaway (82658) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011177)

Except of course that that is not the same thing at all.

So yeah, this is pretty much the archetypical "this has been done before on slashdot" post.

...Except not really (1)

bluemonq (812827) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011301)

Microsoft's splitPC doesn't require an extra piece of hardware; it's entirely in software. RTFS next time.

Re:...Except not really (1)

Falladir (1026636) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011423)

Keyboard and mouse are hardware. They're cheap peripherals, but they're still hardware.

Dupe! (1)

eurleif (613257) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011081)

Dupe! [slashdot.org]

Well, sort of.

Re:Dupe! (3, Funny)

myyrk (660336) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011375)

How was he supposed to know it was a dupe, it was on the other half of the screen and since wasn't sharing a keyboard and mouse he didn't think he was supposed to share the screen as well.

Would work better with this.. (2, Insightful)

ironwill96 (736883) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011085)

If you look at the article the whole idea seems rather silly due to extremely limited screen real estate. It would be much better to do this idea in conjunction with this Sharp TV/Monitor that was announced a while back: http://news.cnet.co.uk/monitors/0,39029684,3919085 1,00.htm [cnet.co.uk]

That way each user gets the full monitor but can be using the two operating systems completely separately. That way you get the same physical real estate being taken up and don't have to buy two completely different machines. Still, I don't think the idea in general is overly practical. Can you imagine sharing your cubicle with Bob the slob working right next to you all day every day?

Re:Would work better with this.. (1)

polar red (215081) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011135)

from that article : "will cost about twice as much" How about just buying 2 monitors then ?

Crash! (4, Interesting)

gcostanzo (938305) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011089)

Can the two OS's crash into eachother?

Re:Crash! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19011129)

Not only will they crash into one another, but MS will patent this too.

Re:Crash! (1)

ivucica (1001089) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011249)

Only if they're both coming from Redmond

Re:Crash! (1)

dswensen (252552) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011287)

If you mean "crash together," I'm sure the answer is yes.

Researchers are developing software (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19011093)

Researchers are developing software

They are a decade late... this has been possible for a long time.

2 windooz on once screen? (1)

rainhill (86347) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011095)

like we didn't enough of one!

This isn't anything new (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19011099)

For the record, this isn't anything new. When I was at high school in the late 1980s, we used Mac II boxes with a utility that provided this exact feature. Two menu bars, two keyboards, two mice and two students using the screen at the same time, split either down the middle of the screen vertically, or across the middle of the screen horizontally.

A better feature provided by the same software allowed two separate monitors on the same machine via an extra graphics card, each with what looked like their own independent OS, but was just a dual monitor version of the above.

For the record, it was pretty clumsy when using it with just one monitor, but it did work

Re:This isn't anything new (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19011183)

Yes but Windows predates the Mac II :P

Re:This isn't anything new (1)

baryon351 (626717) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011357)

Yes but Windows predates the Mac II :P

Most. Irrelevant.Reply. Ever.

no way (1)

dAzED1 (33635) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011103)

how the hell am I supposed to surf porn in peace at work if someone else is sharing the same monitor as me? Well, unless she's cute, I guess...

Surfing for porn at work will be more interesting (1)

InsMonkey (324276) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011107)

It will certainly make surfing for porn at work a bit awkward.

Sounds like DESQview (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19011127)

Re:Sounds like DESQview (1)

zakezuke (229119) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011251)


I would not go as far as saying that. DesqView was a cool product for the time period, but it has it's limits... mainly it ran ontop of MSdos. You had to loadup all your TSRs ahead of time, and it was limited to other things which ran under dos. You could in theory run a case of windows in real mode IIRC and perhaps another case of windows or perhaps even os2, but not in a way that was trully useful.

Wait a minute......ok, had to check... (1)

3seas (184403) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011137)

...I'm running AROS hosted on Linux.... wait a minute....ok, now I'm running two instances of AROS on Linux.... wait a minute... Ok now 4...now if I put each on it own workspace....hahah I have prior art for four... uh err, 5 running....

So what this is really about is trying to justify MS selling more OSs to a company than a company has hardware for.....

So quick someone patent the split computer chair that holds two people and simply say no to MS.

Re:Wait a minute......ok, had to check... (1)

Breakfast Pants (323698) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011413)

You don't have individual keyboards/mice connected to each screen (hint: there *IS* a way to do so)

sigh (1)

gargletheape (894880) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011141)

This was done by Microsoft, it was done in Bangalore and it is not obviously the greatest idea ever. Anyone want to bet how the comments are going to look? :)

Obviously a Microsoft product. (4, Funny)

copponex (13876) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011157)

So, listen, we've really been working on a solution to customer complaints about the high cost of Vista licensing. So, here it is: we'll help you to afford licenses by keeping them at the same price, but offering technology that will allow you to share a computer and the screen so you can afford the licenses.

Not having a computer for every employee should make Vista financially feasible for your organization. Plus, you get to participate in the Microsoft Buddy System, Or Binary User Licensing and Limited Software/Hardware Integration Team (BULLSHIT), and you get a MS Dubloon (redeemable for t-shirts and pens) for every time you report your very close neighbor for piracy. We would recommend waiting until he or she goes on break before reporting illegal activity. They're pretty much looking at your screen the whole time otherwise.

Hey! Where are you all going? You get your own keyboard and mouse!

Been there, done that. (1)

geoff lane (93738) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011163)

How is this different to running a couple of copies of Windows in VMWare?

Done *this*, not that. (1)

bluemonq (812827) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011341)

Can you hook up multiple keyboards? And then assign each keyboard to a particular instance? And have multiple people use them simultaneously? Easily?

M$ version of sharing is lame. (1)

twitter (104583) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011179)

Invented? only if you consider a second rate and late implementation an invention. Instead of sharing the same OS between two users, they had to license each half of the screen, how typical. MagicTwin did for XP what LTSP [ltsp.org] did for GNU/Linux and it actually worked. Perhaps in a world where screens cost more than the computer itself this makes sense, otherwise it's a real loser. I can imagine trying to split the average 1024 by 768 screen right down the middle and so can you. Just half your browser right now and see how well it works.

OLPC is better still. The software is all free, so you don't have to crowd everyone into a lab where they have to "share" non free junk like Bill wants. At less than $200, it may be cheaper than some screens. Everyone gets their own and gets to keep their privacy and dignity.

Well that's torn it. (1)

DrXym (126579) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011181)

I shall throw away VNC and wait for this new solution.

You young people..... (5, Funny)

that this is not und (1026860) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011195)

You young people have it good. When I was a kid, we not only had to share one keyboard, we only had the ONE screen and had to each only use one half, or 40x12 apiece.

Dad always derided our comments by mentioning that when HE was a kid, he had to share a punched card with all seven of his sibling, so they each only got 10 characters.

Grandpa would chime in at this point about only getting to use half the dots on a morse code key, his three sisters got the other half of the dots and all the dashes.

Patented? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19011203)

That's approximately how I've often been using my PC for some time now - but OK, I use 2 monitors (on one dual head video card, with one virtual desktop spanning the two displays).
Main OS on the first monitor, second OS full-screen in VMWare on the other.

Does this mean I'm going to have to pay MS from now on if I want to keep doing what I've been doing all along?

2 copys of vista at the same time? (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011205)

What does that need dual-quad core and 8GB of ram?
A amd 4x4 or dual quad core with 4GB of ram per cpu should be good or you can buy a few lower end systems with there own os for the same price.

Not impressed (1, Insightful)

Aaron Isotton (958761) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011209)

I'm not impressed. It's simply virtualization with a halved screen and a dedicated keyboard and mouse for each half. If you run two VMWare instances with Windows inside you're pretty close to what they have "invented".

It's not a very efficient system either. Nowadays' machines can be pretty much summed up as follows:

- Input devices (mouse, keyboard etc). Nothing is saved here.
- Memory (RAM) - nothing is saved here. Running two OSs requires twice as much RAM.
- Storage (HD etc) - nothing is save here. Ok, maybe they share the installed software, but I doubt that.
- Processor - this system actually shares that.
- Monitor - this system shares that, too.
- Other output devices - nothing is gained.

So what this system achieves is some savings on CPU (by better usage) and Monitors (by giving only half a screen to each user).

I would *much* prefer to have a smaller screen instead of sharing a larger one - you can get two 17" screens for the price of a 19".

Given that setting up and maintaining such a system *is* going to be more complex than setting up a normal system, I doubt that the savings on the processors are going to be worth the hassle - not even if labour is cheap.

Excellent. (4, Funny)

FlyingSquidStudios (1031284) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011211)

Now if they figure out a way to reduce my ass by half, the person sharing my monitor can also share my chair!

Its a sure fire win for ..... (4, Funny)

3seas (184403) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011217)

... micro management.....

Ok so you have this 52" or DLP projector screen and the whole office working off of it.

I can hear it now, as the manager tells Fred to move his cursor faster and Julie to stop slowing the computer down doing company graphics. While leroy on his break can no longer check to see how his stock is doing. Of course Jackson has to work after hours to do accounting as a matter of keeping the company numbers hidden from those who get paid less but do more.....

Michael, That sentence you are writing should be done this way...

Got it totally backward (1)

throatmonster (147275) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011231)

Holy fuck, I need 2-3 screens for each one of my computers, not the other way around. Giving intelligent people more screen real estate, not less, is good for productivity. I guess this idea is for the hoardes of idiots out there that just can't cope with more than 640x480's worth of a single application at a time. Unfortunately, I know they are out there - I've had to "support" them before.

Re:Got it totally backward (1)

Breakfast Pants (323698) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011481)

This was designed for third world countries, not the fucking Googleplex.

Already done? (1)

iosmart (624285) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011235)

I vaguely remember a (PCI?) device doing something similar to this in a Tiger Direct magazine. It was around 1999 or 2000. Does anyone else remember?

Time sharing woes all over again (2, Interesting)

akypoon (258201) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011253)

My understanding is that the the users will still be sharing the underlying processors, I/Os and memory. But since they could run different OSes and there are no mentioning of how the individual schedulers would share usage information, could this lead to worse time sharing behaviour and a further degrade in user experience?

How about the good old CRTs? Used ones are dirt cheap in my local used markets. (For $10 you can get a 19".)

Siamese twins (2, Funny)

Tribbin (565963) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011257)

Apart from for Siamese twins, I don't see this being applied.

Spare $$$ on the OS or office-suit; buy an extra monitor.

Spliting the Keyboard? (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011275)

One user gets "QWERTY" and the other gets "UIOP{}".


Or perhaps its every other keystroke?


Either way, you'd better think twice about e-mailing a complaint to HR about your cubemates body odor.

End of the waiting game?! (1)

spleen_blender (949762) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011295)

Every company I've worked for would use this as an excuse to buy half as many computers, save the money, and keep the customer waiting.

Bill G's response (1)

deuist (228133) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011313)

That's got to be the dumbest fucking idea I've ever heard from my years at Microsoft.

Something like this (1)

Mazin07 (999269) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011333)

I could have sworn I saw a prototype picture in PC Mag of something like this a few years ago. It was a tablet/laptop type deal, with a screen that could physically split in half.

Can anybody tell me what I'm thinking of?

Microsoft is ripping off someone besides Apple (1)

queenb**ch (446380) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011335)

Wow! Microsoft is ripping off VMWare.... Guess Apple didn't have enough nifty ideas to keep their PHB's drooling...

2 cents,

Queen B.

What's sad is... (1)

cdw38 (1001587) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011339)

...that if this was developed by x Linux team everyone here would be raving about its usefulness. Why is everyone always so bitter towards Microsoft and literally EVERYTHING they do?

useless invention aimed at investors (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19011343)

Companies so big as Microsoft need to put new products on the market every now and then to look like they're always working on something innovative and raise interest among their investors.
This includes lame products like this "invention" which is pretty useless when taking into account how information grows while monitors get cheaper every day.

Developing nations? Oh please! The hardware upgrade needed to run at a decent speed two virtualized XP (or worse Vista) would cost multiple times a second monitor.

This is snake oil for investors.

Obligatory jokes.... (2, Funny)

Zapotek (1032314) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011361)

kid1: You got WoW in my screen.
kid2: You got screen in my WoW.

In Soviet Russia, screen splits YOU!

Wow! (1)

corychristison (951993) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011363)

Researchers are developing software that splits a computer screen in two halves
I feel a chainsaw would be much more effective.

invent? (1)

nanosquid (1074949) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011395)

I think calling this an "invention" is stretching the term "invention" past its breaking point, given that there are, oh, dozens of ways in which people have done this before.

No doubt, the real innovation of Microsoft's version is that you end up needing a license for each half of the screen and that they are going to use "trusted computing" to enforce that.

Oh no, it's the dreaded... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19011403)

Blue-Half-Screen-Of-Death!

How is this... (1)

Darundal (891860) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011405)

...different than a thin client, really? All this seems like is a thin client/server in one box? Or in other words, one mobo, double the ports.

And then... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19011435)

They'll add a second screen. Eventually, they'll create little boxes that talk to the main box and allow even more little boxes that will support more users. What's that? They already have that? It's called WTS?

a tremendous boon to the publishing industry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19011445)

Coming soon from Addison Wesley: new editions of the blockbuster "eXtreme Programming" series, updated to incorporate info on how pair programming can leverage the exciting new technology from Microsoft to empower workgroups to out agile-ate the competition.

Invented? (1)

k1e0x (1040314) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011465)

How is this different than synergy?

http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/ [sourceforge.net]

They didn't invent squat..

Hey! I got an idea (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011499)

You work the pedals and I'll steer!

Sounds like Topview or Desqview (1)

jhines (82154) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011503)

Run different applications in different windows (aka different areas of the screen). How original.

And For The Cost of Two Vista Licenses... (1)

NeverVotedBush (1041088) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011511)

And two Office licenses, you can have four actual computers running Linux with no registration hassles and far fewer security issues...

Vitualization? (1)

packethead (322873) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011513)

Am I missing something, or are we not doing this with virtualization?

-b

More anti-privacy potty training (1)

gd23ka (324741) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011533)

Because that is what it is as far as I'm concerned. I don't think anybody
would want to even _risk_ calling up intimate data on a screen where someone
else is standing besides them and staring at the screen.

So what's next, Tavistock?? Do we get naked for the camera you installed over
the toilet?

Specialised hardware to do this already (1)

hughbar (579555) | more than 7 years ago | (#19011539)

I've got hardware that does this already, it's called an axe. It's a little harder to restore single-user mode afterwards though.
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