One of the most requested features for Windows 10 is tabs in File Explorer. Microsoft has paid no heed to such requests for years, after initially adding tabs to Internet Explorer 6 back in 2005. However, this resistance is about to smash in a big way. The company is planning to launch the Windows 10 Sets feature that will bring the browser tabbing experience to desktop apps.
Although Microsoft isn’t sure whether it will stick with the name ‘Sets’, the idea is to bring browser-like tabs to every Windows app. The Windows 10 Sets feature will not only let you group duplicate instances of a single app but you can also actually group different apps into one window. For instance, you’re writing up a Word document and you need to research topics online to integrate into it, instead of launching a new browser window, you’ll be able to open Edge inside the app with a new tab by using the Sets feature.
Basically, Microsoft’s Windows 10 Sets will help you group the related apps for particular tasks or projects, rather than just being a mess of windows that you’re constantly rearranging. Till now, you can organize your apps by using virtual desktops; however, this method has some snags. For example, although you can assign different desktops to projects or tasks, you can’t see or move them all simultaneously. Sets will provide users with another layer of control to keep things nice and tidy.
Moreover, tabs are likely more intuitive for an average user. The idea of Windows 10 Sets was born out of the ‘Timeline’ concept that Microsoft had introduced during its Build conference back in May. The feature allowed users to go back in time to see what apps were using at any given moment.
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Windows 10 Sets will only be available on Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps owing to their sandboxed nature. Over time, the company hopes to extend it to other apps like Office and conventional Win32 apps.
Microsoft’s real challenge with Sets will be influencing developers to embrace them on the mobile side, so apps can resume in a convenient manner. However, that’s not an easy thing to do.
The company is planning to open tabs up to Windows 10 testers in the coming weeks. It will randomly choose a small group of testers to access the feature. The plan is to get specific feedback before making Windows 10 Sets available to everyone.
Check out the video below to know more about Windows 10 Sets:
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