Alternatives to VirtuaWin for all platforms with any license

  • Dexpot

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

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    Free Open Source Windows

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    Free Windows

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  • WindowsPager

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

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • bug.n

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  • KWin

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    Free Open Source Linux BSD

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  • Emerge Desktop

    Emerge Desktop is a replacement Windows "shell" (the desktop environment normally provided by Windows Explorer) for Windows 2000 and above. In order to replace...

    Free Open Source Windows

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    • Discontinued Emerge Desktop is no longer maintained.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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    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...

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    Free Windows

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  • nView

    Effectively manage your desktop with NVIDIA nView. Using NVIDIA nView Desktop Management Software, professionals have maximum flexibility and unprecedented control of a...

    Free Windows

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  • GiMeSpace Desktop Extender

    GiMeSpace Desktop Extenders are scrolling virtual desktop managers and the only virtual desktop/window managers that give you seamless unlimited desktop space. New since...

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  • mDesktop

    mDesktop is a lightweight application that allows the user to utilize multiple virtual desktops. Also, mDesktop integrates with Hotcorners. mDesktop currently supports...

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  • 360desktop

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    Free Windows

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VirtuaWin Comments

no glitz, just features

Comment by venkman
about VirtuaWin · Dec 2016 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Virtuawin is one software I have not been able to find a comparable alternative to.
My requirements are:

  • desktop configuration: side-by-side or top-to-bottom or other grid patterns
  • Ability to view windows in other desktop in a toolbar or other integration: virtualwin has a module kvasdopager that is awesome (thanks to the author)
  • Drag and drop windows from one desktop to another using the pager: the kvasdopager app works! awesome!
  • Background configurable: each desktop can have its own.
  • rules for windows: has rules for various uses windows to show in all desktops (instant messengers etc), windows to be restricted to certain desktop (outlook, eclipse ide etc). Rules are not super easy - but middle clicking any window gives access to virtuawin rules.

None of the apps include all this for free and without bloat and ad/evilware.

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Comment by meisterplanlos
about VirtuaWin · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Truly one of the best virtual desktop managers. Maybe it's not as good looking as Dexpot, but it is multiple times faster. So far I've got no problems with it (and I'm using VirtuaWin one for some years).

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