We’ve been on the hunt for a good Virtual Desktop application for Vista for quite a while; we wrote about Vista/XP Virtual Desktop Manager a while ago, but generally found the app too unstable and little niggling annoyances drove you nuts over the period of days working with the software.
Grant Gochnauer sent in news today that the Sysinternals team (bought up by Microsoft years ago) has released an ultra-simple multiple-desktop utility called Desktops.
If you are not familiar with Sysinternals, they are the code-ninjas that created all the wicked-awesome Windows system tools that just about every savvy Windows admin ever used. Desktops is no different; it’s so tight and locked down it’s a 62kb download and not even an installer, just an EXE.
On first switch you might notice a long-lag or a black screen while the desktop loads (I believe this only occurs the first time when you switch to a new desktop) but then things seem fairly snappy.
There don’t seem to be any graphical anomolies but the application is basic… really really basic.
I miss being able to switch desktops using ALT+CTRL+<ARROW KEYS> as is with most other virtual desktop apps, and there is no hovering desktop indicator that changes as you flip between desktops, so if you mis-hit a key it’s easy to get disoriented as to where you are (and you have no real good way of knowing, unless you popup the switcher and stare at it to figure that out).
With some minor tweaks I think this app would more or less rock my socks, let’s hope version 2.0 brings them to the table, or Microsoft just decides that Virtual Desktops aren’t only for hippy, left-wing tree-hudding graphic designers and that the rest of us like them too.