Windows 9 (Threshold) to include Ubuntu-like virtual desktop spaces

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Microsoft is currently hard at work on the next iteration of Windows, currently codenamed Threshold, the operating system is set to put the desktop back in the spotlight for desktop users, whilst making the Modern UI even better for tablet users. So far, we’ve heard about improvements to the desktop side of things, including the new Start Menu, windowed Modern UI apps and a brand new taskbar which is set to include live icons and Cortana.

Today, more information about Windows Threshold has been revealed, courtesy of Neowin. The desktop is set to include a feature very similar to Virtual Desktops, users of Ubuntu and other Linux variants are already accustomed to a feature like this, and Microsoft seems to be interested in bringing said feature to Windows too.

If you’ve never seen a virtual desktop, let’s explain it. Virtual Desktops allow for more than one desktop at a time. You can have 3 windows on one desktop, and 4 windows on another. In Threshold, this feature would be activated via a button on the taskbar, clicking it will reveal all your desktops, which will allow you to click in on your selected desktop environment.

This feature will be very good for users with small screens, as it allows for more windows in the environment at a certain time. Of course, considering Threshold is in early stages, we must remember that this feature may not make it into the final build of Threshold, so bare that in mind.

It’s good to see Microsoft developing desktop features again. Microsoft left the desktop out in the cold with Windows 8, introducing hardly any new features for the environment. Threshold is set to bring the desktop back into the limelight for desktop users, and having Virtual Desktops will make power users very happy.