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The Windows Store has only just opened to pay-for applications, but already there's a mix of modern-style and desktop applications in the productivity section. Apps include the touch-based note-taking tool OneNote MX as well as a mix of file management and time-keeping tools.
Windows 8's multimonitor support means you can have modern-style applications and the Start screen on one monitor, and a traditional desktop on the other — and just drag and drop modern apps from screen to screen to switch between the two.
Microsoft has given Windows 8 a series of attractive widescreen backdrops that work across two screens. If they're different sizes you'll need to tweak things manually, but two identical monitors will get the whole image, automatically.