Windows mission control

I figured at some point there would be a developer that would clone the Mission Control interface on the Mac and bring it to Windows users. It appears that Mission Control / Expose Clone W7 is exactly that project, and while it’s just starting to get off the ground I have to admit that it’s looking pretty good.

In its current state it’s trying to emulate the Expose aspect of Mission Control on the Mac where it groups similar windows, and it does it pretty well. It will even group some apps that are similar in purpose, such as web browsers, so that both Internet Explorer and Chrome windows will appear in the same stack. Simply hovering your mouse over one of the windows in the back of the stack will bring the preview forward to make it easier to view.

Right now this is a fully portable app that takes a few extra steps to get running. First, you’ll need to make sure you have the Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable package installed. Secondly, if you don’t want to run the executable every time to initiate the Mission Control effect you’ll need to start the program with the “-resident” command-line argument (you can also create a shortcut to the EXE and append the argument on to the end). It can than be triggered using the Ctrl+Tab keyboard shortcut.

I’m hoping the developer continues work on this because it’s definitely on the right track, and with some more work it will become an awesome way to switch between your various windows.

Mission Control / Expose Clone W7 (Windows only; Freeware)
[via Freeware Genius