windows logoIn Linux they are called workspaces. In Mac they are called spaces. Although they have different names they are the same thing. Virtual desktops help you reduce clutter on your desktop by allowing you to group your application windows according to the way you work and easily switch between them. Unfortunatelly Windows 7 and Windows Vista don't have such a thing. So here comes VirtualWin and nSpaces, two freewares that will allow you to add workspaces on Windos 7 and Windows Vista.

nSpaces is a free and lightweight software for Windows that allows you to add virtual desktops functionality. The default number of virtual desktops is 4, however you can add as many as you want. Here are the main features of nSpaces:

  • Launch Desktops: Create multiple desktops on your computer.
  • Launch Apps: Open different applications on each separate virtual desktops to improve your productivity.
  • Name your space: label your tag for each virtual desktop, the tag is shown on the space switcher.
  • Change wallpaper: Your desktop is unique, Set a custom desktop image for each of your desktops and watch as the pictures fade into each other when switching between your desktops.
  • Color your space: If you don't like to set a custom image for each desktop, just set a background color for them.
  • Protect your space: If you don't like anonymous users to use your spaces, just set a password for them.
  • Hotkeys for everything: nSpaces has a group of hotkeys for each desktop you created, hotkey for the space switcher.You can change whatever you want.

VirtualWin is another freeware application to add workspaces. Its main features are:
  • Multiple virtual desktops for windows
  • Supports dual monitor, unicode & 64 bit on Win9x/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7
  • Portable app version - no installation required
  • Navigate using mouse, hotkeys, menus or visual pagers
  • Customizable system tray icons & several visual pagers
  • Module interface for limitless extensibility

And here is the modules list of VirtualWin. KvasdosPager, VMPreview and VirtualWallpapersPlus will make your Windows desktop behave like Linux's..

I've tested both programs and I have to say that VirtualWin has much more options and no lag, unlike nSpaces. However if you want a simple software to change between virtual desktops nSpaces will do the job. Are you using any similar software?

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My views about HVD
Interesting information. Well, there is no doubt that hosted virtual desktops are Hot. And the days of IT professionals marching from computer to computer performing the same tasks on multiple PCs are thankfully over. With hosted virtual desktop, after a major upgrade is integrated, there is no need to perform any tasks at an employee level—in-house or remote. Their machines are effectively the same, all of which are accessing data and applications through the cloud service provider without storing anything locally.
Tech Marketer , August 22, 2012

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