The first time I’ve heard “strafe” used in the same sentence as “desktop”
RoadToVR.com (a lovely new source for VR/AR news) has an interview with Hesham Wahba, developer of Ibex, a 3D virtual desktop for Linux designed for use with head-mounted displays like the Oculus Rift. There's not much to it yet–just a window floating out in space–but it's good to know that this sort of productivity environment is already being toyed with.
(My instinct is that virtual desktops that appear to be 2D planes simply floating in space over a grassy field are going to get old pretty quickly; I suspect we'll want something more like a curved hemisphere, like the inside of a planetarium.)
“Virtual reality desktops can in the short term increase the working space that we have so that, instead of needing the space for a 30″ monitor a few of them and the associated costs, you can create virtual workspaces at whatever size you need and lay them out however you want while hopefully still comfortably working with them. If one is flying on a plane, for example, using something like the Leap Motion and the Rift, you can end up working on many much larger screens just as you’re used to at home without being constrained by the tiny laptop screen you have,” said Wahba.