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Windows 7: Windows 'Threshold' expected to add virtual desktops, drop charms

06 Aug 2014   #1
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 
Windows 'Threshold' expected to add virtual desktops, drop charms

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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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06 Aug 2014   #2
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 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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07 Aug 2014   #3
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I don't know, I have never seen the point of having multiple "desktops". Now if instead they were "virtual desktops", as in vmware player extra desktops with different OS that would be awesome haha.
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07 Aug 2014   #4
RBS7

windows 7 & 8
 
 

There are programs that already allow multiple desktops, and I never really seen much use in it. With Ubuntu I never use them. I guess I have enough problems organizing 1 desktop.

If they are removing the charms bar, I am not certain that would be a good move either. As a desktop user, that is the only part of Metro I interact with, easier for me to bring up charm bar than click in corner for Metro Start. Microsoft is so wacky.

They simply need to have a windows 7 desktop and their Metro, it is really that easy, everyone is happy. Seems they are trying to reinvent the wheel.
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08 Aug 2014   #5
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
I don't know, I have never seen the point of having multiple "desktops". Now if instead they were "virtual desktops", as in vmware player extra desktops with different OS that would be awesome haha.
Simply run a different VM on each virtual desktop.
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08 Aug 2014   #6
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there

Virtual Desktops were a great idea -- this was available from as far back as ZX with a program in the SYSINTERNALS Suite -- What this did was show easch desktop as a completely SEPARATE desktop running with its own bacground and applications -- this was great - especially if like most people in those days you didn't have multiple monitors -- and of course you could cut and paste say betweebn an EXCEL session on desktop 1 tp say a powerpoint session on desktop 2.

Note these aren't to be confused with VIRTUAL MACHINES - which also would be a great idea if these could all run of searte "Virtual Desktops".

God one Ms =-- I LIKE the idea of this feature.

Also if the Charms are got rid of it would imply some type of menuing for navigation so I'd assume a MENU is BACK.

Cheers
jimbo
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08 Aug 2014   #7
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

I read a comment from some (alleged) MS employee, who claimed that they didn't introduce virtual desktops in earlier editions of Windows because it would be too confusing for "Proles".
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09 Aug 2014   #8
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
I don't know, I have never seen the point of having multiple "desktops". Now if instead they were "virtual desktops", as in vmware player extra desktops with different OS that would be awesome haha.
Simply run a different VM on each virtual desktop.
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
I read a comment from some (alleged) MS employee, who claimed that they didn't introduce virtual desktops in earlier editions of Windows because it would be too confusing for "Proles".
I can see that.
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09 Aug 2014   #9
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
I read a comment from some (alleged) MS employee, who claimed that they didn't introduce virtual desktops in earlier editions of Windows because it would be too confusing for "Proles".
I can see that.
So can I because I still can't wrap my three remaining brain cells around just what the big fat hairy heck they are.
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09 Aug 2014   #10
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

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