Microsoft Introduces “Sets”, Bringing Tabs to Every Windows 10 Application

Web browsers are much more versatile than most programs, generally speaking, and that’s because they’re skewed toward productivity. Case in point: Browsers such as Vivaldi, which allow you to group multiple tabs together and organize them any way you choose. So what if other programs were to adopt those same paradigms? That is to say, what if you could write a paper in Microsoft Word in one tab and research and search the internet in another, all within the same application? It’s not as crazy as it seems.

“Sets”, a new feature heading to the Insider release branch of Windows 10, condenses multiple programs into a single window. They’re accessible from browser-like tabs, and the general idea is that users will be able to open said tabs inside any application running on their computer. Eventually, applications such as Microsoft Word, Photoshop, Spotify, and Counter Strike will automatically group together in a single, unified window, with the goal of improving productivity.

“With Sets, what belongs together stays together,” Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President for the Windows and Devices group at Microsoft, said in a press release. “The concept behind this experience is to make sure that everything related to your task: relevant webpages, research documents, necessary files and applications, is connected and available to you in one click. As Office, Windows and Edge become more integrated to create a seamless experience, so you can get back to what’s important and be productive, recapturing that moment, saving time.”

“Sets” is a radical change to the way Windows works, and that’s why it won’t launch for everyone on the Insider track right away. Microsoft says some users will get the feature randomly, a rollout method that’s known as A/B testing:

“With Sets specifically, we’ll introduce a controlled study into WIP so that we can more accurately assess what’s working and what’s not,” Mr. Myerson said. “That means a smaller percentage of you will initially get Sets in a build. It also means that some of you won’t get it at all for a while, as we compare the usage and satisfaction of task switching in Windows for people who have sets versus people who don’t. Eventually everyone will get Sets — but it could be awhile.”

For a full list of what to expect in the latest Windows Insider release, check out the source link.

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