Yeah, I know, Windows on Windows. So sad this does not come default with Windows, and not just XP, but their mighty Windows 7. I NEED my multiple desktops. I like a VM up on one desktop, the browser on another, maybe a document on a third, and of course, WinAmp or music on a fourth.
So why does Windows not come with this by default? Well, it appears they have some kind of add-on, PowerToys for XP, but not as slick as Dexpot. I recently downloaded it (http://dexpot.de/index.php?id=home) and it truly amazed me. Lots of additional features, even beyond what Linux and Ubuntu offer. As you see, I like my toolbar on the left side of my screen, hidden, and when I hover, it shows me all four of my desktops, and I can quickly click which I want. I can also use a special key combination, but I have never been the type to remember those, so the toolbar hovering will work. With all the many applications educators use in a day, I would think this would work well. In our state, we have a data management system that they use all day long. With that, teacher email, a plethora of proprietary student software, they could definitely benefit from Dexpot.
Yet another reason why the time has passed for closed source operating systems. We need these features by default. We should not need to add third party apps (although Dexpot is GOOD stuff) to get what I now refer to as basic functionality.