myWorkspace: Run Amiga Workbench under Windows

The Commodore Amiga computer was ahead of its time in many ways when it hit the market. Part of the system was the mouse-controlled Amiga Workbench, a graphical user interface that offered Amiga users an interface that is similar to modern operating system interfaces.

Download the latest version of the application from the linked Google Drive website and run the installer to add it to the system. Windows SmartScreen may display a warning message when it runs because it is new and not widely used. The program is only available for Windows at the time of writing.

The program adds an overlay to the Windows desktop that looks like a modern version of the Amiga Workbench. All of the desktop icons will remain, but the system tray will be replaced and you will find that some core functionality has changed. MyWorkbench is not an Amiga emulator; You cannot use the program to start Amiga applications, for example from ADF files. An Amiga emulator, WinUAE or others, is required to run Amiga games and apps on Windows computers.

You can exit the user interface in the upper left corner. Hold down the right mouse button and select the Exit option.

note: The application changes the pointer style and does not restore the Windows default style on exit. It’s been restored

Drive view from myworkspace

If you have used the Amiga Workbench before, you will feel at home. Windows users who haven’t done this will take some time to adapt to the various workflows.

MyWorkbench includes several tools that can be run; this includes media players. The music player supports mods, among other things, but is a barebone compared to Windows music players like AIMP or even Winamp. Normal Windows programs can be started via the interface. Desktop icons and system tray icons are provided to start them.

Closing words

MyWorkbench brings the Amiga Workbench experience to Windows devices. The app offers an interesting experience, but it lacks core functions such as the ability to run Amiga programs and games with it. For now, users may want to resort to Amiga emulators, provided they have access to a Kickstarter ROM, which is required to use these emulators.

Now you: how do you feel about the project? (via Deskmodder)

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myWorkspace: Run Amiga Workbench under Windows

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myWorkspace: Run Amiga Workbench under Windows

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MyWorkbench is a free program for Microsoft Windows systems that starts an Amiga Workbench surface on the Windows desktop when it is run.

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