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Windows 'Threshold' to add virtual desktops, drop charms

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    Windows 'Threshold' to add virtual desktops, drop charms


    The next version of Windows, codenamed "Threshold," is going to include some fairly major user interface changes beyond the inclusion of the new Start menu and "Modern" app windowing.

    A couple of reports from earlier this week cited some other interface changes coming to Threshold. My sources are corroborating those reports.

    First up, as reported by Brad Sams at Neowin.net, Microsoft is moving toward adding virtual desktops to Threshold, the Windows release expected in the spring of 2015. As Sams noted, other operating systems, including Apple's OS X and Ubuntu, already support virtual desktops, which allow users to run and switch more easily between apps and groups of apps.

    The other UI change coming to Threshold is the elimination of the Charms Bar, as first reported by Winbeta.org.
    Read more at: Microsoft's Windows 'Threshold' expected to add virtual desktops, drop charms | ZDNet

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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Sounds good. Bring it on!
    Thanks Shawn!
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    Adelaide
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)

    Yay


    When my friend showed me virtual desktops in Linux (~10 years ago) I thought, "Meh."

    After I started studying Networking, I discovered that I had to have at least half a dozen different documents open and at least one VM running (I then realised how useful they were).

    I've had VirtuaWin installed in W7 (since 2011) to provide me with multiple desktops.

    Virtual desktops should be very useful with the limited size options of Metro Apps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    When my friend showed me virtual desktops in Linux (~10 years ago) I thought, "Meh."

    After I started studying Networking, I discovered that I had to have at least half a dozen different documents open and at least one VM running (I then realised how useful they were).

    I've had VirtuaWin installed in W7 (since 2011) to provide me with multiple desktops.

    Virtual desktops should be very useful with the limited size options of Metro Apps.
    The metro apps already kind of act as virtual desktops.
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    Ehhh... I once tried virtual desktops with an AMD suite add on a time ago, wasn't too impressed. The problem I saw with it is that if you have a single monitor setup and have had it that way since forever, you have a tendency to stick to that usage pattern i.e. not fully utilizing the virtual spaces. It will however depend on execution of such.

    Windows 9

    If it's something like this, I'll be inclined to use it. If it is like in Linux, meh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    When my friend showed me virtual desktops in Linux (~10 years ago) I thought, "Meh."

    After I started studying Networking, I discovered that I had to have at least half a dozen different documents open and at least one VM running (I then realised how useful they were).

    I've had VirtuaWin installed in W7 (since 2011) to provide me with multiple desktops.

    Virtual desktops should be very useful with the limited size options of Metro Apps.
    The metro apps already kind of act as virtual desktops.
    That's true, the difference being the smaller number of allowable combinations of open windows.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Ehhh... I once tried virtual desktops with an AMD suite add on a time ago, wasn't too impressed. The problem I saw with it is that if you have a single monitor setup and have had it that way since forever, you have a tendency to stick to that usage pattern i.e. not fully utilizing the virtual spaces. It will however depend on execution of such.
    They are useful if you need lots of windows open (browser, exercises, instructions, etc.) and/or you have to use certain programs that are only really useful if they are fullscreen (picture/sound/video editing, VMs, etc.).

    If someone only has a couple of programs open (e.g. browser and a media player), virtual desktops aren't really going to make their experience any better.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there

    I LIKE the idea of Virtual Desktops -- this should overcome some of the limitations of the current "Unity Mode". Windowed Metro Apps -- also a great idea.

    Someone at Ms finally looks like they've got their head at the TOP end of their body rather than stuck at the lower end.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Windows 8.1 Pro & OS X Mavericks


    Virtual desktops have been in Linux and OS X for years. Typical Microsoft. What I want them to fix is how in hell does Windows not detect 2 partitions in one USB stick? Linux and OS X read them just fine.
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