Spaces Alternatives

    Spaces is described as ', one of the coolest new features of Mac OS X Leopard, lets you switch among multiple desktops. For example, you might create a communication workspace for Mail, iChat, and Address Book, another for media programs like iTunes and iPhoto, and a third for video games' and is an app in the Network & Admin category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Spaces for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, BSD and PortableApps.com. The best alternative is Compiz, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Spaces are VirtuaWin (Free, Open Source), Dexpot (Free Personal), WindowsPager (Free, Open Source) and Sysinternals Desktops (Free).

    This page was last updated Sep 21, 2015

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      Compiz is a compositing manager adding fancy effects to your windows, from drop shadows to awesome desktop effects like the Desktop Cube or the Expo view.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • PortableApps.com
      VirtuaWin is a virtual desktop manager for the Windows operating system (Win9x/ME/NT/Win2K/XP/Win2003/Vista/Win7/Win10). A virtual desktop manager lets you organize applications over several virtual desktops (also called ‘workspaces’).
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      • Free PersonalProprietary
      • Windows
      Dexpot turns your monitor into up to 20. It creates and manages virtual desktops and enables you to work far more efficiently and comfortably with many simultaneously opened windows on Windows 95/98/ME and NT4/2000/XP/2003/Vista (incl. x64).

      Discontinued

      Dead app. 3 years since the last update. Not compatible with current version of Windows. See changelog: http://www.dexpot.de/?id=changelog

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      WindowsPager is a desktop-switcher/pager for Windows to manage virtual workspaces/desktops. It will integrate smoothly into the desktop panel.

      Discontinued

      Hasn't been updated since 2011, see changelog:
      http://windowspager.sourceforge.net/changelog.html

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    1. 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.

      Discontinued

      last version released: 2012

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    2. KWin is a window manager for the X Window System, and is in the process of becoming a Wayland compositor. It is an integral part, and the default window manager of the Plasma Workspaces, but it can also be used on its own or with other desktop environments.
    3. Mission Control, formerly Exposé, is a feature of the OS X operating system.
      • Mac
      • Spaces
      TotalSpaces provides a grid of spaces on OSX Lion
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    4. Adds eye-candy effects to windows (and start menu) like deformations (e.g: jelly windows - that makes moved window wiggle like being made from jelly; or fold - which hides windows by folding up horizontally, and unfolds when showing), physics (e.g.

      Discontinued

      It says that it has automatically stopped production.

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    5. Virtuoz was designed to be a minimal and robust program that allows to have more than one desktop on Windows. It was inspired by Sysinternals Desktops, but uses a different approach, which doesn’t impose the limitations which Desktops is bound to.
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