myWorkspace: run the Amiga Workbench on Windows

The Commodore Amiga computer was ahead of its time in many regards when it launched. One part of the system was the mouse controlled Amiga Workbench, a graphical user interface that provided Amiga users with an interface that is similar to modern operating system interfaces.

myworkspace amiga workbench

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 prompt on execution, 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 that looks like a modern version of the Amiga Workbench. All desktop icons remain in place, but the taskbar is replaced and you will notice that some core functions have changed. MyWorkbench is not an Amiga emulator; you can’t use the program to launch Amiga applications, for instance from ADF files. An Amiga emulator, WinUAE or others, are required to run Amiga games and apps on Windows machines.

You may exit the interface in the upper left corner. Hold down the right mouse button and select the Quit option to do so.

Note: the application changes the mouse pointer style, and did not restore the Windows default style on exit. It is restored

myworkspace drive view

If you have used the Amiga Workbench before, you will feel right at home. Windows users who have not, will need some time to adjust to the different workflows.

MyWorkbench includes several tools that can be run; this includes media players among others. The music player supports mods among other formats, but is barebones when compared to Windows music players such as AIMP or even Winamp. Regular Windows programs can be started from the interface. Desktop icons and taskbar icons are provided to launch these.

Closing Words

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

(via Deskmodder)