Windows 9 will come with quite a lot of improvements in terms of looks and features, and one of the new options that users will get is the multiple desktops tool supposed to increase productivity with a mouse and keyboard.
According to new information coming via WinSupersite, switching between the desktops you created can be done with the help of a new taskbar button, but special shortcuts, including keyboard hotkeys or mouse gestures, could also be introduced.
It appears that a new icon button on the taskbar will give you full control over the running desktops, with this particular option expected to help you “create custom desktops within which you can group apps for productivity, entertainment, or whatever you prefer,” the source notes.
This means that you can basically create a desktop for specific apps and manage them with ease with the help of a single button.
For example, Windows Explorer, as it was initially called until Windows 8, came with “My Computer” in Windows XP and was renamed to just “Computer” in Windows 7.
When Microsoft rolled out Windows 8, the company stayed with the previous “Computer” designation, but changed it to “This PC” once the Windows 8.1 OS update came out.
As it happens on Linux, where multiple desktops are already available, the goal of this new option is to help users organize their work better by simply running the apps they want on different desktops.
The aforementioned source adds that once you create a new desktop and you work with multiple ones, you can easily switch between them by simply clicking on the so-called “Task view button” on the taskbar to quick perform this task.
What’s interesting is that the very same button can also be used to position apps into snapped view by dragging the “app thumbnails to the correct positions on screen.”
The leaked Windows 9 screenshots that have recently reached the web have confirmed that multiple desktops are already there in the OS, but it’s not clear whether Microsoft will make this feature available in the beta version of the operating system or not.
And still, we’ve heard that multiple desktops will be offered to Windows 9 preview users, although not with the same functionality that we’ve heard about in the recent leaks.
Unsurprisingly, Microsoft hopes that more users will give this option a shot and provide feedback as soon as possible in order to be able to correct bugs and improve its performance before the public debut of the operating system.
Windows 9 preview should debut in the first week of October, while the stable version is likely to see daylight in spring 2015, most likely in April, one year after the launch of Windows 8.1 Update. While it’s yet unclear whether preview version will come with multiple desktops, the option will definitely be there in the final product.