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List of alternative shells for Windows

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This is a list of software that provides an alternative graphical user interface for Microsoft Windows operating systems. The technical term for this interface is a shell. Windows' standard user interface is called Windows shell; Windows 3.0 and Windows 3.1x have a different shell, called Program Manager. The programs in this list do not restyle the Windows shell, but replace it; therefore, they look and function differently, and have different configuration options.

Shell Software license Windows versions Development status
3.1x 9x 2000 XP Vista 7 8 10
Aston Shell 2 Trialware No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Stalled[1]
bbZero GPL No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Discontinued
AltShell Freeware No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Evaluation beta[2]
BumpTop Apache License No No No Yes Yes Yes No No Discontinued
Calmira GPL Yes No No No No No No No Discontinued
Cairo Shell Freeware No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Active
Emerge Desktop GPL No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Discontinued[3]
KDE Plasma Workspaces GPL No No No Yes Yes Yes No No Discontinued on Windows[4]
LDE(X) GPL No No Yes Yes No No No No Discontinued[5]
LiteStep GPL No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Stalled[6]
Packard Bell Navigator Proprietary Yes Yes No No No No No No Discontinued
ReactOS Explorer GPL No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Active[7][8][9]
SharpEnviro GPL No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Discontinued[10][11]
TabWorks Proprietary Yes No No No No No No No Discontinued
Talisman Desktop Trialware No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Stalled[12][13]
UserShell Proprietary No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Active
Winstep Extreme Trialware No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Active[14]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Aston 2, No updates since 12 Aug. 2010". Gladiators Software. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "AltShell". Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "emergedesktop.org has shutdown". Emerge. Archived from the original on 11 May 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Funk, Kevin (18 June 2016). "KDE on Windows status update". Personal Blog of Kevin Funk. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  5. ^ phil (18 April 2007). "The road ahead is a cliff face". LDE(x) Forums. Archived from the original on 26 October 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  6. ^ Donelle (11 January 2017). "Re: Added .NET Framework interoperability to the core and started a c# binding library". GitHub. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "ReactOS Explorer". ReactOS Project. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "ReactOS Explorer source code". ReactOS Project. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  9. ^ Fuchs, Martin. "ReactOS Explorer (original author, details)". Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "SharpEnviro download page". SharpEnviro. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  11. ^ martink84 (1 December 2011). "All things come to an end". SharpEnviro Forums. Archived from the original on 17 December 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  12. ^ "Talisman Desktop". LightTek Software. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  13. ^ "Talisman Desktop News, no updates since Aug 15, 2011". LightTek Software. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "WinStep". Winstep. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 

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