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How To Ensure A Successful VDI Rollout

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) can greatly simplify managing individual machines, but isn’t always popular with end users. Andrew Dimech, head of IT at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), offers some simple tips on how to ensure VDI is widely adopted.

Amazon WorkSpaces Provides Windows 7 Desktops In The Cloud

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is expanding from its server-centric roots with a new desktop offering that allows companies to roll out cloud-hosted Windows 7 desktops, paid for on a per-user, per-month basis. Here’s what you need to know.

The BYOD App Deployment War

Bring your own device might be an unstoppable trend in the workplace, but accepting that still requires IT pros to work out a strategy for dealing with making those devices actually useful for something more than email and occasional browsing. Two distinct schools of thought have emerged here: desktop virtualisation and deploying native apps. Which is the better solution?

Use Virtual Desktops To Create Instant Focus

If you have a ton of applications and files open but you want to focus on a single thing without the hassle of shutting the rest of the apps and files down, use a virtual desktop.

Dexpot Adds Aero Peek Virtual Desktops To The Windows 7 Taskbar

Windows only: Virtual desktop application Dexpot was already one of your five favourite virtual desktop managers, but the latest update adds complete integration with the Windows 7 taskbar, including Aero Peek thumbnails of your desktops.

Most Popular Hive Five Topics Of 2009

Every week we look at a specific topic and ask, which is best? From malware removal to home servers and wallpaper, here’s a look back at the most popular Hive Five topics of 2009.

T3Desk Brings 3D Eye-Candy To Your Windows Desktop

Windows only: If you want a little extra eye-candy in your Windows management, T3Desk is an alt-tab alternative that gives you 3D windows arrangement and more.

Best Of The Best: Tools And Apps, Third Quarter 2009

The third quarter of 2009 was filled with all sorts of useful communication tools, time saving applications and software to help you get things done. Here’s a look back at the winners in each of the categories.

Five Best Virtual-Desktop Managers

Long before multiple monitors were popular (or financially feasible), there were virtual desktops—applications that allow you to swap your entire workspace with another for easy compartmentalization of your work. Here’s a look at five of the most popular virtual-desktop managers.

DoubleDesktop Is A Tiny Virtual Desktop Manager

Windows only: Virtual desktop utility DoubleDesktop does exactly what its name implies—it creates two virtual desktops in a tiny package that uses less than 1 MB of RAM. Using the lightweight utility is very simple—just click the system tray icon to switch back and forth between the two virtual desktops, or optionally set a hotkey in the preferences to flip between the two virtual desktops. Moving windows between desktops is the only annoying part—you have to drag them halfway and catch them on the other side. Readers looking for a full-featured virtual desktop solution would be better served with a solution like previously mentioned VirtuaWin — but this tiny utility might be just the ticket for low-memory systems. DoubleDesktop is a free download, Windows only.

DoubleDesktop [via Help Desk Geek]

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