Windows 10’s Upcoming Sets Feature to Bring Tabs to UWP Apps

Posted on November 21, 2017 by Mehedi Hassan in Windows, Windows 10 with 28 Comments

One of the biggest feature requests for Windows has been the ability to get tabs within apps like File Explorer. For years, Microsoft didn’t allow users to open up different tabs in File Explorer, but that could be changing soon.

The company has been working on a new feature under the codename Tabshell, which will bring a tabbed experience to some of the apps in Windows sometime in the future. Although, I will be curious to see if their implementation is any better than what Groupy offers.

The new feature, dubbed Sets, will bring a tabbed experience to Windows 10. The idea behind Sets might sound a little confusing at first, but it is pretty straightforward. You will be able to create a group or a set of windows where you can add separate apps as tabs (“app tabs”), or even add a web tab powered by Microsoft Edge (via WalkingCat).

Like regular Microsoft Edge tabs, you will be able to switch between them using Ctrl + Tab and take them out of a set to turn them into a completely separate window. Opening a new tab in Sets will open up Microsoft Edge’s new tab page which the company will then promote as increased usage of its browser; if you could change the browser that would be helpful but not holding my breath.

Microsoft will be targetting Sets towards creators as part of its recent push towards bringing more creators-focused features in Windows 10, and it hopes to help improve productivity through an easier multi-tasking experience in the OS. The company Sets won’t require any work from app developers, as it should work with almost every third-party UWP apps in Windows 10 right off the bat.

Sets will be tremendously useful for apps like File Explorer, Microsoft Word, and similar apps, but it is not clear whether it only supports UWP apps for the time being. It is important to note that Microsoft could bring Sets to Windows Insiders in the coming months, or even weeks — so make sure to keep an eye out for it in the upcoming Insider builds.

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