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  1. Joined : Sep 2014
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    Windows 10 Pro
       16 Apr 2015 #1

    Virtual Desktops in Windows 10 – The Power of Windows…Multiplied


    We know there’s a vocal set of people who just love virtual desktops. Having desktops beyond the limitations of a physical display is a powerful way to organize and quickly access groups of windows. Virtual desktops aren’t new. In fact, Xerox PARC created one of the earliest virtual desktop experiences called Rooms and made a version available for Windows 3.x back in the 1980s. Microsoft offered the Virtual Desktop Manager as part of the Windows XP PowerToys and a little while later released the Sysinternals Desktops add-on which enabled similar functionality. Many other OSes and third-party utilities have also embraced the power of virtual desktops. Given the growing popularity of this organizational tool, we decided to build a native virtual desktop experience directly into Windows 10.
    http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwin...ojB0R0.twitter
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  2. Joined : Sep 2014
    KSA
    Posts : 273
    Windows 7, 8.1, 10 | Linux
       16 Apr 2015 #2

    That's really awesome!
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  3. Joined : Oct 2013
    Wolves, England
    Posts : 1,634
    W7 Pro x64 | W10 IP x64 | Linux Mint VM
       16 Apr 2015 #3

    I'm still struggling to see how this will benefit me, I'll have to keep trying.
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  4. Joined : Nov 2014
    Posts : 18
    Windows 10, build 10074
       18 Apr 2015 #4

    It will take some getting used to but I like it.
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  5.    18 Apr 2015 #5

    I still don't get it!
    What is the difference between #1 and #2 besides the fact that #1 is an extra click!?
    Not to mention many apps won't open more than one instance.

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  6. Joined : Oct 2013
    Wolves, England
    Posts : 1,634
    W7 Pro x64 | W10 IP x64 | Linux Mint VM
       18 Apr 2015 #6

    I've been managing multiple open Windows for years without hassle which is why I personally can't see the benefit. The only advantages I can maybe see so far is to have a VD (I'm not sure I like that acronym) open for debugging, one open for graphics work, one open for forums...

    Maybe it will be worth it, I don't know. It's just not something I've missed or ever thought would be useful.
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  7. Joined : Sep 2014
    Posts : 2,923
    Windows 10 Pro
       18 Apr 2015 #7

    Edwin said: View Post
    I still don't get it!
    What is the difference between #1 and #2 besides the fact that #1 is an extra click!?
    Not to mention many apps won't open more than one instance.
    Most apps, unless they're explicitly written not to, will open multiple instances... But the Taskbar since Windows 7 hasn't made it easy to open multiple instances if you don't know the trick. You have to right click on the taskbar icon to get the menu with jump lists, but in the bottom section it lists several commands, including the one for the app. If you click that it launches a second instance, such as with File Explorer.

    The purpose of multiple desktops is to better manage the layout of your apps. Just like if you had more than one physical desktop. You can put apps for the same tasks on the same desktop. It's not for people that work with one app at a time... it's for people that have 10 or 15 or 20 open apps. This becomes even more important when we have 16 and 32 GB of memory in our systems, we can run so many more apps simultaneously.
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  8.    18 Apr 2015 #8

    Mystere said: View Post
    Most apps, unless they're explicitly written not to, will open multiple instances... But the Taskbar since Windows 7 hasn't made it easy to open multiple instances if you don't know the trick. You have to right click on the taskbar icon to get the menu with jump lists, but in the bottom section it lists several commands, including the one for the app. If you click that it launches a second instance, such as with File Explorer.

    The purpose of multiple desktops is to better manage the layout of your apps. Just like if you had more than one physical desktop. You can put apps for the same tasks on the same desktop. It's not for people that work with one app at a time... it's for people that have 10 or 15 or 20 open apps. This becomes even more important when we have 16 and 32 GB of memory in our systems, we can run so many more apps simultaneously.
    Most native apps, yes; Store Apps, no.
    Yes, you can open numerous instances of most native apps by wheel clicking them.
    However, I still don't see the point of having numerous 'desktop windows' engaged to navigate to an 'app window' when they are all there accessible and visible on the taskbar already with a mouse hover.
    Like, I mean, why navigate to 'Task View', click on it, shift to the window you desire then pop it up from there; why not just hover the thumbnails on the task bar and pop up the desired one from there?

    Perhaps it's a handy feature for heavy multi-taskers who are working on 50 things at once, but under normal circumstances it just seems like a bunch of extra steps.
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  9. Joined : Nov 2013
    Toronto
    Posts : 4,289
    Win 10 Pro x64
       18 Apr 2015 #9

    Edwin said: View Post
    Most native apps, yes; Store Apps, no.
    Yes, you can open numerous instances of most native apps by wheel clicking them.
    However, I still don't see the point of having numerous 'desktop windows' engaged to navigate to an 'app window' when they are all there accessible and visible on the taskbar already with a mouse hover.
    Like, I mean, why navigate to 'Task View', click on it, shift to the window you desire then pop it up from there; why not just hover the thumbnails on the task bar and pop up the desired one from there?

    Perhaps it's a handy feature for heavy multi-taskers who are working on 50 things at once, but under normal circumstances it just seems like a bunch of extra steps.
    I also don't see the point of a virtual desktop.
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  10. Joined : Nov 2013
    Idaho USA
    Posts : 4,534
    OS X, Win 10
       18 Apr 2015 #10

    Let see; do I need this feature, no. Albeit there will be others (maybe not home users or gamers) who will find this a great feature. . .to those who won't need it then hey no big deal, right. . .
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