It looks like Microsoft’s Windows 10 development team has stopped implementing Sets, which is basically a system-wide feature that was supposed to bring tabs to a number of Windows 10 applications but also lets users open multiple tabs in the same window in order to run different programs.
The feature was promised to bring a whole new paradigm to the Windows desktop, which would have completely changed the way how the desktop operating system is used. Windows users have been wanting to use tabs in the Windows Explorer, and Sets would have been a much better feature than that.
It is worth mentioning that the concept was introduced initially in late 2017, and even back then it looked like it was a well-planned feature as Microsoft spoke about a number of keyboard shortcuts and behavioural elements that it had designed. The purpose of Sets was said to help people group various activities on the basis of task and purpose.
The company had also said that the name ‘Sets’ was not a final one and that it may have changed when the feature was released. Microsoft rolled out the feature to a small number of Windows Insider beta tester in what it called as a “controlled study” to get user feedback.
However, in June 2018, Microsoft removed the feature from builds released to Windows Insider because it said that it had to do more background work on it. The release notes also stated that developers would work on the visual design of the UI, enhanced workflow, and better integration of Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Office. The company also promised that it would bring back Sets in a future build. But then, the feature did not get back in time for the Windows 10 October 2018 update. Or for the new Windows 10 May 2019 Update.
And now, Microsoft’s Senior Product Manager Rich Turner has taken to Twitter to say that the company has stopped working on the feature completely. Turner was responding to a query on Twitter when he stated that, “The shell-provided tab experience is no more.” However, he did add that there is still an effort being made by the company to add tabs to PowerShell, which is expected to look and behave more like the tabs in other programs.
The Shell-provided tab experience is no more, but adding tabs is high on our to do list.
— Rich Turner (@richturn_ms) April 20, 2019
This statement does leave hope that tabs will come to Windows Explorer in Windows 10, which has been a demand from Windows power users for a very long time.
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