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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 Dexpot. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Cairo Shell or bug.n. Other great apps like VirtuaWin are Emerge Desktop, WindowsPager, Sysinternals Desktops and GeoShell.

VirtuaWin alternatives are mainly Desktop Environments but may also be Window Managers or Desktop Customization Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of VirtuaWin.
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Windows
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VirtuaWin is a virtual desktop manager for the Windows operating system (Win9x/ME/NT/Win2K/XP/Win2003/Vista/Win7/Win10). A...

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    Dexpot

    • 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).

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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

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  2. Cairo Shell icon

    Cairo Shell

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Cairo is a desktop environment for Windows. Its goal is to develop a desktop experience that increases productivity and advances current technology standards.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableCairo Shell is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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  3. bug.n

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    bug.n is a tiling window manager add-on for Microsoft Windows. It is written in the scripting language AutoHotkey.

    ⚫︎ Portablebug.n can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Emerge Desktop

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

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

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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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  5. WindowsPager icon

    WindowsPager

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

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

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    Discontinued

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

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  6. Sysinternals Desktops icon

    Sysinternals Desktops

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    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.

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    Discontinued

    last version released: 2012

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    GeoShell

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    GeoShell - The premier minimalist Windows shell replacement. It replaces the default Explorer interface. It features menu bars—“geoBars”—that can be dragged-and-dropped anywhere on the users screen.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsGeoShell can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    Discontinued

    The official website is no longer available. Last version, 4.11.10, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

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  8. Windows 10 Virtual Desktop Enhancer icon

    Windows 10 Virtual Desktop Enhancer

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    An AutoHotkey script to switch and move programs between Windows 10 Virtual Desktops and set different wallpapers. Light, lightning fast, free, and with AHK you can use almost any key/mouse combos (even override Windows shortcuts).

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  9. KWin

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    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.

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    TotalSpaces

    • Mac
    • Spaces

    TotalSpaces provides a grid of spaces on OSX Lion.

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