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Microsoft is adding tabs to apps in Windows 10

By Shawn Knight ยท 9 replies
Nov 28, 2017
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  1. Microsoft on Tuesday shared details on a new feature that’ll (eventually) make its way to Windows 10. It’s called “Sets” and, according to Microsoft’s Terry Myerson, it’s designed to help organize your workflow and mitigate time lost to interruptions.

    The new feature essentially brings tabs into apps. Say, for example, you are working on a report in Word but need to pull up a reference via Google search. Instead of having to open a separate web browser, Sets (not necessarily the feature’s final name) allows you to open a new tab within Word and track down whatever information you need.

    Like a browser window, you can have several tabs opened. Best yet, it’s not just for web links as file windows can also be opened as tabs. And, it’s all saved as a single file so you can jump right back to where you were with all of your relevant information without having to reopen each source individually.

    Combined with Timeline, this sounds like a real time-saving feature, especially for students or journalists.

    Unlike some other Windows Insider features, Microsoft is going at it slow with Sets. In the coming weeks, the feature will be released to select Windows 10 Insiders as part of a controlled study that’ll allow Microsoft to more accurately assess what’s working and what’s not. This means that not everyone will get Sets right away (and some may have to wait a while for it). When it'll be ready for the final Windows 10 release is anyone's guess.

    Sets will initially be limited to Universal Windows Apps. If successful, however, I suspect most third-party developers will take the time to bake the functionality into their own apps.

    The next Windows Insider build going out to the Fast Ring 1 will have Timeline built in.

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  2. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,109   +2,315

    Wow, only a feature that's been in many other software packages for years. QTBar enabled tabs in windows since 7.
  3. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Evangelist Posts: 521   +276

    So you're just going to pretend that this just a tabbed file explorer and single application tanning tool? This is a complete different feature than what QTTabBar offers.
  4. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 845   +38

    With all these features that have been added since Win10 launched.......WHY HAVE THEY STILL NOT ALLOWED US TO HAVE DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS IN EACH VIRTUAL DESKTOP?!?! Why is this such a hard thing for them to implement? You're offering me virtual desktops, I shouldn't have to go to a third party to be able to have different backgrounds in each desktop.

    Yes, I know this is unrelated. No, I don't care, lol. Why are VDs being ignored? :(
  5. djb247365

    djb247365 TS Member

    If anything, Microsoft should build the tab functionality into Windows Explorer FIRST, before all else! This is what Clover currently does, installing the tab functionality into Windows Explorer, using Chrome-style tabs. This should've been a major feature, as it's been long overdue. It would be so much easier to multitask in Windows Explorer using multiple tabs in one window, as opposed to multiple windows all over the screen.
  6. centrino207

    centrino207 TS Booster Posts: 160   +10

    Looks like awesome feature but that this going open major holes for malware .

    Last thing we need is browser giving apps malware.
  7. centrino207

    centrino207 TS Booster Posts: 160   +10

    I'm not sure what you mean
  8. roberthi

    roberthi TS Addict Posts: 326   +83

    First thing that came to mind when I saw the images was this was Google Docs, but then I read the title.
  9. roberthi

    roberthi TS Addict Posts: 326   +83

    Because mama always told us to avoid getting VDs regardless of their color. Best to just leave it alone.
  10. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 8,507   +553

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