I’ve always loved the ease in which multiple desktops are accessible in Ubuntu (and other Linux OS’s as well I presume, I haven’t tried any) and find myself wishing for the same kind of functionality in Windows more and more.
I really can’t see Microsoft adding it into Windows itself, not even for Windows 7, so I’ll have to keep looking around for decent freeware alternatives.
The annoying thing is that as of yet, I haven’t really found any decent desktop managers which are simple, stable and perform well.
Today however, I found one which I really liked the look of on CodePlex.
Update: Multiple Desktop's latest version is compatible with Windows 7 and earlier versions of Windows. The program has been released as a final version and the developer added support for keyboard shortcuts to the app as well. Microsoft did add native support for virtual desktops in Windows 10.
Multiple Desktops for XP and Vista is a alpha quality desktop manager which you can try out here, but is pretty unusable right now. What I liked about it is the simplicity, ease-of-use and generally good design. Using the new Windows Vista live thumbnails it can give “give you a full screen preview of all of your desktops.”
At the moment however it’s slow and buggy, but I shall be keeping an eye on it for upcoming versions.
The full set of features includes:
You can check it out here.Advertisement
Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it. The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.
We are committed to keeping our content free and independent, which means no paywalls, no sponsored posts, no annoying ad formats or subscription fees.
If you like our content, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution:
Ghacks is a technology news blog that was founded in 2005 by Martin Brinkmann. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers.