Vista and XP Virtual Desktops Alternatives

    Vista and XP Virtual Desktops is described as 'One of Vistas most talked-about new features is the Desktop Window Manager (DWM). A new set of thumbnail APIs can be used to access thumbnails of open windows'. There are more than 10 alternatives to Vista and XP Virtual Desktops for Windows, Linux, PortableApps.com, Spaces and Mac. The best alternative is VirtuaWin, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Vista and XP Virtual Desktops are Dexpot (Free Personal), WindowsPager (Free, Open Source), Sysinternals Desktops (Free) and TotalSpaces (Paid).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Jul 23, 2019

    • VirtuaWin is a virtual desktop manager for the Windows operating system (Win9x/ME/NT/Win2K/XP/Win2003/Vista/Win7/Win10).
      • Free • Open Source
      • Windows
      • PortableApps.com
    • Dexpot turns your monitor into up to 20.

      Discontinued

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

      • Free Personal
      • 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

      • Free • Open Source
      • Windows
    • Desktops allows you to organize your applications on up to four virtual desktops.

      Discontinued

      last version released: 2012

      • Free
      • Windows
    • TotalSpaces provides a grid of spaces on OSX Lion
      • Mac
      • Spaces
    • 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.
    • mDesktop is a lightweight application that allows the user to utilize multiple virtual desktops. Also, mDesktop integrates with Hotcorners.
      • Free • Open 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).
      • Free • Open Source
      • Windows
    • 9Desks - Virtual Desktops, desktop manager, multi desktops, enhanced virtual desktops
      • Free
      • Windows
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      • Linux