these, pretty much. multiple monitors are only useful when inefficient window management systems are used, or when the individual monitors are too small to display at least a single split comfortably.
i've tried using two or three monitors in the past, but have always come back to just the one. it's just easier to press a single keystroke than to physically turn your head, particularly when your fingers never leave the keyboard for any reason.
if the work involved was something like drawing with a tablet and using the other display as a reference, can see it being useful, but for programming / sys management / or just bouncing around websites and jotting notes, one display is best.
head movements are distracting, drawing you out of focus and back into physical space. basically, why go to the content when you can make it come to you?
as for the horizontal vs. vertical layout thing. vertical layouts are awkward and uncomf, as they also require physical head-movement rather than just eyes. if you want more context at once, that's what vim folds are for. >>32704>The Linux Shell
>cooler and cooler
windows is a forever-growing pile of garbage that nobody understands, with each generation of developers piling more garbage on top of the last, so the old garbage disappears into obscurity until suddenly something shifts down near the bottom of the pile and everything collapses.
also, the whole "push everything to The Cloud" bandwagon they've been trying to hop on for a decade now might actually get somewhere soon, which is the opposite of cool.
and, unlike other well-known tech companies, they're hardly doing anything to help push back the boundaries of computability. head to SC, for example, and every other company there will have a rack to add to the cluster display and a huge, open booth full of cool stuff... and microsoft will be set up in the corner with a tiny booth covered in pictures of tablets.