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Editors' Review

Even if you're hard-pressed to care about standard desktop-enhancement software, 360desktop makes some intriguing promises. "Unlimited desktop space" is one, and the ability to save any part of the Web directly to your desktop is another.

Turns out, there's more than screen-saver snake-oil here. When you run 360desktop, you get a panoramic desktop with custom widgets. Quit, and you're back to basic Windows. Switching between the two didn't cause problems when tested, although quitting 360desktop completely required killing the process a few times.

A persistent "QuickNav" area in the upper right of your screen lets you scroll or drag your cursor around. The help guide suggests that arrow key navigation works, too, although it didn't for us. A handy Windows taskbar icon offers a context menu that lets you customize options, such as scrolling speed, how 360desktop focuses multi-window applications, and whether the location of running apps and widgets appear in the QuickNav.

Web widgets are simple to install and work well. Click "Add a widget" in the QuickNav and you'll see a bare-bones dialog with two tabs--Web Widget or Embed Code Widget. The first lets you enter a widget name and a URL, while the second lets you enter a name and a snippet of HTML code. A special 360desktop toolbar appears next a new widget from which you can drag and drop the widget, close it, or click the "i" button for more information.

360desktop runs like any of your other Windows programs and doesn't seem to affect any critical system files, although it does place a shortcut on your regular Windows desktop without asking. It's not essential software, but if you've got the RAM to handle it, 360desktop can be a lot of fun. Be sure to create a System Restore point in case it blows up your Windows installation--it's not a beta for nothing.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version public beta

First public beta.

General

Publisher 360desktop
Publisher web site http://www.360desktop.com/
Release Date July 08, 2008
Date Added July 08, 2008
Version public beta

Category

Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Virtual Desktop Managers

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista
Additional Requirements Windows XP/Vista (32-bit)

Download Information

File Size 5.93MB
File Name 360desktop-setup.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 110,503
Downloads Last Week 9

Pricing

License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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