Report: Upcoming Windows Threshold May Include Virtual Desktops Feature To Organize Your Running Applications

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Ubuntu and Mac OS X always had the feature to switch between different desktop environments. You can have virtual desktops for running different set of applications at the same time and keep your things organized. Even though Windows OS internally supported this feature, Microsoft didn’t make it as a consumer facing feature. However, there is a small utility called Desktops which allow you to enjoy the same feature. 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. After you configure hotkeys for switching desktops, you can create and switch desktops either by clicking on the tray icon to open a desktop preview and switching window, or by using the hotkeys. You can download Desktops for free here.

Today, Neowin reported that Microsoft is now building this virtual desktop feature into Windows 9 codenamed Threshold. Similar to Desktops app, you can activate the desktops with a button on the taskbar and there are keyboard shortcuts that let you jump between active desktops.

What do you think of this new feature?

Source: Neowin

  • Michael Fernandez

    Plenty of features and, the option to use if needed and keep it simple if not, is what we need and yes this will be a great addition. . . .

  • Jeff Hung

    The most use of this feature probably is “oops, the boss is coming”.

  • dave

    but the desktop is dead, they should do this for multiple Metro screens, not!,lol looks cool!

    • hotrod2391

      I disagree. Desktop is not dead as long as people who use it lives.

  • Jim Cherry

    I like the idea here’s hoping they’ll have it system wide. right now desktops the utility only allows your start screen on the first desktop but with the changes coming to the start button in threshold I don’t see that as being an issue.

  • sloppyslim

    alt + scroll zooms the desktop
    windows + scroll : flip3ds the windows
    control + scroll : flip3ds the desktops