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|
|KDE Plasma Workspaces||GPL||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||Discontinued on Windows|
|Packard Bell Navigator||Proprietary||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No||Discontinued|
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- Microsoft Bob
- Removal of Internet Explorer
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