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Microsoft discontinues Windows 10 Sets feature

By Humza ยท 7 replies
Apr 23, 2019
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  1. The ambitious Windows 10 feature got a lot of attention starting from its reveal two years ago, as it made its way in and out of Windows Insider builds right down to its recent demise as Microsoft accelerated efforts to shift its Edge browser to Chromium.

    Sets was initially supposed to work with Universal Windows Platform (UWP) applications only and brought the much anticipated tabbed File Explorer to its insiders as part of the Insider Preview Build 17618, allowing easy switching between Pictures, Documents and other folders. Not only that, it also went on to support Win32 applications like Notepad and Command Prompt with continued development for the feature until it pulled the plug soon after in its Insider Preview Build 17704 (Redstone 5).

    According to ZDNet sources, the feature was generally not "well received or understood" by the Windows Insider testers and while the team is still committed to bring tabs into the Windows Console, Sets cannot serve as the basis for it.

    Reportedly, Microsoft's decision to rebuild Edge from Chromium also led to scrapping the feature as the effort needed to integrate the overhauled browser into Sets would have messed with Edge's release window or left it without Sets support altogether for some considerable time.

    In a tweet by Rich Turner, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, he commented that adding tabs was "high on our to do list," a statement which earlier caused confusion about tabs availability system-wide. He later clarified his statement on adding tabs as being in context to command-line windows only and not a general feature across the entire operating system.

    If you're still looking to get tabs in your File Explorer or other applications, check out these third-party tools for Windows until Microsoft comes up with a native experience, if it does at all.

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  2. seefizzle

    seefizzle TS Evangelist Posts: 413   +287

    Boo. This was a good feature. I'd be super happy with just a tabbed version of Windows explorer. I don't need anything more, just multiple tabs inside of Windows.
     
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  3. aMerkuri

    aMerkuri TS Enthusiast Posts: 55   +19

    I was waiting for this update. I don't care about UWP, notepad, Word and w/e. I needed it for explorer, CMD would be nice but that is all I needed. If only Razer, AMD, Logitech software would run on Linux I would made a switch already.
     
  4. fktech

    fktech TS Maniac Posts: 512   +128

    This is Edge's fate as well.
     
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,367   +2,887

    I have been using Stardock Fences for about 5 years now. Cheap and reliable.
     
  6. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,685   +776

    I think tabs in Office apps would be quite useful, but I don't know about File Explorer. Most of the time I'm comparing or dragging and dropping data from one location to another, so tabs would not help me. Might as well be another window behind my current window. With high resolution displays you can put more and more stuff right on your screen and still have room, so tabs are becoming less relevant for anything other than web browsing.
     
  7. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,719   +2,080

    I miss the DOS 6.0 file explorer. You could have two separate windows in one, and that made copying from one drive to another trivial. That is one feature that any MS OS after that is missing that I think would make file handling substantially easier. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DOS_Shell
     
  8. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,685   +776

    I remember that, and File Manager in Win 3.x... but panes are different than tabs. I don't think the Windows 10 "Sets" allowed you to view multiple tabs as panes. Though I never got to try it out.
     

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