What are the best VirtuaWin alternatives in 2019?

    VirtuaWin is described as '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’)' and is a popular app in the Network & Admin category. There are more than 25 alternatives to VirtuaWin for Windows, Linux, BSD, Spaces and Mac. The best alternative is Cairo Shell, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like VirtuaWin are Dexpot (Free Personal), bug.n (Free, Open Source), WindowsPager (Free, Open Source) and Sysinternals Desktops (Free).

    This page was last updated Feb 18, 2021

    1. Cairo is a desktop environment for Windows. Its goal is to develop a desktop experience that increases productivity and advances current technology standards.
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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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      Most users think Dexpot is a great alternative to VirtuaWin.


    2. bug.n is a tiling window manager add-on for Microsoft Windows. It is written in the scripting language AutoHotkey.
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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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    3. 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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    4. Emerge Desktop is a replacement Windows "shell" (the desktop environment normally provided by Windows Explorer) for Windows 2000 and above.

      Discontinued

      Emerge Desktop is no longer maintained. Last version, 6.1.3, released in 2012, and the source code are still available on SourceForge

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    5. 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.
      • Mac
      • Spaces
      TotalSpaces provides a grid of spaces on OSX Lion
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    6. DeskSpace is a 3D desktop visualisation tool, allowing you to seamlessly switch between 9 desktops.
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    7. 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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