A completely new design for your desktop
The application is mainly oriented at touch-supported devices capable of running Windows. Launching the application completely changes the desktop interface, so be prepared for a few, probably inconvenient changes.
Starting with your taskbar and desktop icons, to navigation, windows, as well as web browsers, all elements are changed, with a few customization options at your disposal. Most icons and buttons that replace your old ones are pretty intuitive and large to be easily accessible on touch devices.
Customize workspace gadgets and shortcuts
All your running applications can still be accessed, with your work progress remaining intact. There's a dedicated button that lets you quickly switch back to the default interface in case this does not suit your style. Only one window is displayed at a time, but there are navigation controls on the new taskbar that let you easily scroll between running applications.
The new desktop can be equipped with a large variety of gadgets and icons that either launch applications or take you to various online places. Elements can be customized and arranged on the grid layout as you see fit. What's more, the application lets you create shortcuts that can be directly launched from a taskbar menu.
Good but far from being a pro
Although intuitive and visually appealing, the design itself features only a few customization options, namely selecting from a poor collection of skins, without even the possibility to set a different color.
You can also access the Internet with the help of a dedicated, fully-functional web browser, but with a few limitations. For instance, only navigation is a plus, with missing elements such as a bookmarks or downloads manager.
The application might not appeal to everyone, becoming rather difficult to use on a daily basis. You quickly get acquainted with the new design and functions, but implemented tools are rather hard to use, especially with more application and scrolling between them. Not to mention that closing one is confusing enough that you sooner or later end up with significant system resources used.
To sum it up, FrontFace mostly comes in handy for those that only want to visually enhance their desktops or use the computer mostly as a kiosk or info terminal. What's more, using it on Windows 8 without being sure you want to switch to a new layout might cause some functionality issues or completely reset your old design and arrangements.
Reviewed by Mircea Dragomir, last updated on November 5th, 2014
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