Groupy Updates Goes Where Microsoft Fears to Tread

Posted on March 6, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 9 Comments

Groupy Updates Goes Where Microsoft Fears to Tread

With Sets delayed to some future release of Windows 10, Stardock’s Groupy fills a void. And the latest release of this inexpensive utility adds some new features that will really put it over the top for some.

As you may recall, Stardock announced Groupy back in November, before Microsoft revealed that it was working on a similar new Windows 10 feature called Sets. The idea is simple enough: It lets you combine multiple applications and other windows into single tabbed windows, much like a browser does with web pages. Groupy 1.0 was later released in December 2017, and Stardock added it to the latest version of its Object Desktop suite in January.

Whether Sets even appears in a future Windows 10 release is unclear: The version that Microsoft tested was horribly incomplete and only worked with Store apps. But Groupy has always worked with all windows, not just Store apps. And it works on Windows 7 and 8.x too.

Today, it’s getting even better. Groupy 1.1 lets you save grouped windows so you can recall them later. And you can also sort window tabs by task or function, and automatically add launched applications into an existing tab group.

“Groupy gives Windows users the experience they’ve wanted for many years,” Stardock general manager Angela Marshall says. “With Groupy, your entire desktop works the same way that your web browser works. And because seeing is believing, we’re letting everyone try Groupy for free for a month.”

The Groupy 30-day trial is available from the Stardock website. The app normally costs $9.99.


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9 responses to “Groupy Updates Goes Where Microsoft Fears to Tread”

  1. Martin Pelletier

    Sweet, the save thing will get handy.

  2. brettscoast

    Thanks for posting Paul

    Groupy looks seriously cool and makes so much sense having all your stuff better organised and readily accessible, well done and kudos to Stardock Microsoft you know you can make this happen too.

  3. GeekWithKids

    I got the I've got the Object Desktop and have had Groupy installed for a while, haven't used it much. Need to change how I work and then it might be useful.

    What I don't like is that Stardock's installer tries to install other software when I am updating Groupy.

    I don't mind seeing an offer for a trial of something, but to have it set to install by default has me wondering if I should bother trying to work Groupy into my workflow.

  4. hrlngrv

    Just an idea: MSFT should acquire StarDock and fire their current Windows UI designers.

  5. JimP

    Thanks, I just downloaded it.

  6. Eric Rasmussen

    A multi billion dollar company with legions of developers and they can't make fluent design work across the OS, update icons, or even develop software that a small shop like Stardock can.

    I keep harping on Microsoft's fickle nature and how they change direction every 5 minutes. This is the result of a lack of leadership and direction. When software engineers are constantly interrupted with meetings, focus sessions, and are given requirements that are about as solid as a stick of warm butter, this is the result.

    I love Stardock, I've been using WindowBlinds since the XP days. Hrlngrv is right: When the community can pull off beautiful themes and great features that Microsoft seemingly can't, something is wrong. Where is the passion to make Windows great? Where is the freedom to innovate outside of the Garage team? I've been to the campus in Redmond several times and it's like being in college. There are super smart people everywhere, the hallway conversations are fascinating, there are a lot of people there who love what they do. I honestly don't understand how something like that can be driven in such odd directions.

    Obviously I'm not in the know if what happens behind closed doors, but from the outside looking in I see a place that needs a purpose, clear direction, and the start-up attitude of build cool stuff, rules are stupid. :)

  7. CeeTee

    "But Groupy has always worked with all windows, not just Store apps" is a bit of an over statement.

    There are definitely apps that won't co-operate with Groupy 1.1.

    e.g. Apparently, if it's sandboxed then it's no-go - Adobe Acrobat DC is a case in point.

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