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Microsoft details panoramic theme feature in Windows 8

Microsoft has detailed a new feature available in Windows 8 that allows for a theme to be seamlessly shown across dual monitors with identical resolution settings. This new panoramic theme feature is sure to please those on multi-monitor setups.

“First of all, I just want to clarify one point – all of our Windows 7 themes also work in Windows 8. But the reverse is not true. Themes created in the Windows 8 format will not work in Windows 7, because Windows 8 introduces a few new desktop personalization features that aren’t supported in Windows 7, and the file format is different,” Microsoft stated in an official blog post.

Windows 8 will have the ability to create and use panoramic themes which can extend a single background across two monitors. For those who have monitors with different sizes or different resolution settings, the panorama will not extend across both displays. Non-panoramic images will display a different wallpaper in each monitor, rather than duplicating the image like Windows 7 will.

Another cool feature in Windows 8 is the auto-color feature. “Windows 8 themes created with the auto color setting will smoothly and automatically shift the Windows desktop glass and taskbar color to match the dominant color in whichever background image is currently being displayed,” Microsoft adds

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