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Why did Windows 8 or 8.1 not include a solid working virtual desktop manager?

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  • I use Linux Mint 15 which includes a Multi Desktop manager installed, requiring minimal config. This

    feature is so useful however it causes me to wonder "Why did Windows 8 or 8.1 not include a solid

    working virtual desktop manager?". How could Microsoft not see a virtual desktop feature like Linux includes

    useful in Windows 7 or higher versions? This is a painful no brain-er: worse than brain freeze.

    The Virtual Desktop Manager downloadable from Microsoft is basically, a weakling and doesn't function

    correctly in Windows 8.1. This question will probably be ignored because I'd be willing to bet there are a

    fair share of loyal Microsoft users in East Asia who have asked this question about Windows, "Why did

    Microsoft not include a solid working virtual desktop manager in Windows 8 or 8.1?".  What Gives?

    Monday, July 29, 2013 1:28 PM

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  • Use this free tool from Microsoft:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/cc817881.aspx

    Desktops allows you to organize your applications on up to four virtual desktops. Read email on one, browse the web on the second, and do work in your productivity software on the third, without the clutter of the windows you're not using. After you configure hotkeys for switching desktops, you can create and switch desktops either by clicking on the tray icon to open a desktop preview and switching window, or by using the hotkeys.


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Monday, July 29, 2013 7:03 PM
    Answerer

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  • Use this free tool from Microsoft:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/cc817881.aspx

    Desktops allows you to organize your applications on up to four virtual desktops. Read email on one, browse the web on the second, and do work in your productivity software on the third, without the clutter of the windows you're not using. After you configure hotkeys for switching desktops, you can create and switch desktops either by clicking on the tray icon to open a desktop preview and switching window, or by using the hotkeys.


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Monday, July 29, 2013 7:03 PM
    Answerer
  • I would recommend Dexpot (http://dexpot.de/?lang=en) - it's been around for years and has a LOT of useful features.

    As for "should Microsoft include one with Windows?" - how do you feel about MS claiming that IE is "an integral part of the operating system"

    I, personally, would rather they spent their time making sure that what they already have is working smoothly, instead of adding extras that are freely available - and usually better - from somebody else.

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 2:57 PM