Who needs Sets when we already have Edge


The ability to set tabs aside in Edge has become my must-have feature for a browser. I run my own business where I sell and service marine electronics. Along with this, I have started a blog covering marine electronics. I am constantly researching topics either for a blog post or a project for a client. The ability to save a group of tabs that I can return to has been a great time saver.

And now I may have taken my productivity up a notch by using Word online. When I set aside a group of tabs that includes a document opened in Word online and restore that group later not only does Word online open but it opens the document I was editing. So far I have only tried Word online but will be trying Excel and Onenote as well.

So far I have found two issues with this approach. One, if you forget to set aside a group of tabs before closing Edge you lose that group. As everyone has done I checked the “Don’t ask me again” box on the close all tabs pop up and there is no way to bring back that option without reinstalling Windows.

The second issue is the reliability of Office online. I have only used Word online a little bit but as should be expected it is not nearly as stable as the desktop version. You also need to be online to access Office online (go figure). I would assume/hope the progress of PWAs will make the Office online apps more useful.


Comments (17)

17 responses to “Who needs Sets when we already have Edge”

  1. Brazbit

    "As everyone has done I checked the “Don’t ask me again” box on the close all tabs pop up and there is no way to bring back that option without reinstalling Windows."

    A quick search reveals another option:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER/SOFTWARE/Classes/Local Settings/Software/MicrosoftWindows/Current Version/AppContainer/Storage/microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe/Microsoft Edge/Main

    AskToCloseAllTabs DWORD

    0 = off

    1 = on

    It should really be a settings check box though.

  2. WP7Mango

    Sets also includes apps you use, so it's far more powerful than grouped tabs in Edge.

    • Finley

      In reply to WP7Mango:

      I know but I would like to see if one: sets can be saved and returned to easily (I assume this is what timeline will do) and two: that when you reopen a set that includes a word doc that the document opens and not just word on its landing page.

  3. jimchamplin

    No apologies for what I said. Screw all the whiners who are anti-Windows 10, and largely anti Microsoft App Store. There's a generation of us who want to write good software for you. Some of us have good and proven applications out there like Appy Text. Some of us are still learning programming like me.

    If you want to do anything to discourage us, you should just go away. We don't need you. Go away and stop talking. The future is better without you.

  4. Bats

    Word Online is not stable. When I am work (and only at work), I try to use Word Online as my primary word processor, until I don't have to....and it has been quite stable for me.

  5. jimchamplin

    Sorry. As a learning developer, I want UWP to gain some traction. I want legacy Win32 garbage to die.


    Oh sorry, I take back my apology. We're trying to chase what's new and good but none of you whiners will upgrade, and if you do you use the damned FAQs on how to turn Windows 10 into cursed 7. You'll never look at the Store and the honestly good efforts that some of us have made like Appy Text.

    You people act so sanctimonious and cavalier about the platform, but you won't do a single damn thing to support those of us who want to push the envelope and learn the current bleeding edge. You just sit and whine like a bunch of babies OMG IT'S NOT TEH WINDAS SEVUN OMG OMG OMG OMG

    Screw you. SCREW YOU! Anyone who claims to love Windows who isn't on the newest version - Those with application and industry specific needs excluded - you can just shut your mouths. Upgrade and engage or fuck the hell off.

    There are plenty of people who have legitimate reasons for not being able to upgrade. Then there are the whiners of the world who are just screwing over people who want to do right.

    Hear that? You're hurting people if you're refusing upgrades out of spite.

    So I can't blame Microsoft for wanting to put UWP and PWAs first. Seriously. Screw these garbo legacy apps that won't update. I send feedback to El Goog weekly excoriating them for not having a Store version of Chrome. And screw Microsoft for not working with Google on a store version of Chrome. I don't give a blue fuck about the Triton web engine. I want a browser that installs and updates via the Store. If Microsoft won't give me that, they need to help Google or Firefox give that to me.


    • Tony Barrett

      In reply to jimchamplin:

      I don't know why your fixated on UWP. It's already dying. You should be looking at PWA, which is universal across all browsers, or certainly will be at some point. UWP is pointless for almost everyone, and even MS knows that Windows is now on a gradual slide.

    • hrlngrv

      In reply to jimchamplin:

      Bad software should die.

      Do you actually believe it's impossible to write bad UWP software?

      Do you actually believe there's no good Win32 software? [If so, how the f*** has MSFT made so much money with Office?]

      If UWP is all the future needs, where's the UWP version of Visual Studio? More theoretically, could the Windows kernel be built and tested using a UWP Visual Studio?

      Finally, you're not whining?

    • Finley

      In reply to jimchamplin:

      You should see someone about your anger issues and your inability to understand the written word.

  6. Paul Thurrott

    As Terry Myerson said at the 10 S launch, over 50 percent of Windows usage is the web. So if that's what you do, that would work. I'd still get Groupy though. :)