How To Get OS X Lion Mission Control / Expose Experience On Windows 7
As a Windows user (and as an ex Ubuntu user), I like to keep my Windows experience as pure as possible. What I mean by “pure” is that I try to stay away from installing things like themes, transformation packs and UI features from other operating systems. Windows 7 on my two year old computer looks a lot like a freshly installed copy of Windows 7.
Yet, understandably, there are people* out there who like to try out features from other operating systems for the heck of it: things likes the dock from OS X, Aero Glass on Windows or Compiz on Linux.
Now, one of OS X Lion’s new UI features included Mission Control. Mission Control combines old OS X features like Expose, Dashboard to give you an overall look of whatever you’re working on: different desktops, open applications and documents. A very neat representation of what currently is on your desktop.
Those of you wanting to try out Mission Control can finally do so with Mission Control / Expose Clone W7. Activating it reveals all your open windows like Expose, and it groups similar windows (like web browsers) like Mission Control. It also comes with a bunch of extra features like being able to minimize windows selectively.
As LifeHacker notes, the program is in beta and has a few missing features. One major limitation / missing feature is that if you want to keep the program running in background, you have to launch from command prompt using a –resident flag.
Interested? Check out Mission Control / Expose W7 over on SourceForge for the download links and installation instructions.
P.S. If you happen to be running Windows on your Mac, you should definitely check out TrackPad++: it’s a driver for your touchpad that brings OS X’s gestures, and inertial and inverse scrolling to Windows.
*Alright, I confess! When I was a 14 year old just learning about computers I played around with add-on themes a lot. I later realized it’s a useless activity since it negatively effected performance of my slow as molasses Pentium 4 PC which had just 256MB of RAM.