Stardock Delivers Groupy 1.2 for Windows

Posted on May 7, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 10 Comments

Upset that Microsoft is no longer bringing window tabs to Windows 10? The new version of Groupy may be just what you need.

“Windows users get the experience they’ve been waiting for with Groupy,” Stardock general manager Angela Marshall says. “Users have become accustomed to organizing their browsing experience with tabs, so it makes sense to bring this functionality to the rest of Microsoft Windows.”

Groupy lets Windows users add tabs to any window in Windows 7, 8.x, and 10, much as you do in a web browser. But Groupy’s tabs are more powerful because each can contain any application.

Stardock announced Groupy in November 2017, ahead of Microsoft’s Sets announcement, and it then delivered the first version of this solution that December. It has been updated a few times since, including a March 2018 release that added the ability to save grouped windows.

Well, Microsoft has killed Sets. But Stardock is moving forward with Groupy, and the latest release, version 1.2, adds improved support for the latest versions of Microsoft Office and Windows 10.

Groupy normally costs $10, but it’s currently on sale for $5. You can learn more at the Stardock website.

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10 responses to “Stardock Delivers Groupy 1.2 for Windows”

  1. hrlngrv

    The existence of Groupy would seem to indicate that neither Edge nor its former rendering engine were necessary for application tabs.

    I figure MSFT's telemetry data indicated that while Sets were available, damn few people used them. Perhaps when a particular feature would be used by fewer than 5% of all Windows users, better to leave such features to 3rd parties.

  2. truerock

    So, any breathing individual on the planet knows that tabs is just a normal and necessary part of any GUI interface. The level of incompetence to be in GUI design and not have tabs would mean your level of intelligence would be near 0.

  3. StevenLayton

    Thanks for the heads-up Paul, I've just bought this. Paying half price is always nice!

  4. Winner

    Finally, Sets done right!

  5. BoItmanLives

    > Upset that Microsoft is no longer bringing window tabs to Windows 10?

    Nope. Can't be upset at what we knew would never be delivered in the first place. The days of MS adding features a user actually might find useful...are over.

  6. jrjr

    I use Office Tab for editing multiple Office documents in a single tabbed window and I don't understand why MS does not make this the default Office application interface

    • Greg Green

      In reply to jrjr:

      Though they claim to have metrics that say otherwise, it really does seem that MS doesn’t know how people use their products.

      • hrlngrv

        In reply to Greg Green:

        it really does seem that MS doesn’t know how people use their products.

        Or MSFT knows but simply doesn't care how people use their products.

        OTOH, gotta figure way more than half of Office usage occurs at work, and damn few work places would allow employees to install Groupy, Office Tab, or any other piece of unapproved software. IOW, I figure a high likelihood MSFT's telemetry data shows very little usage of this sort of software.

  7. mdlynam

    ...and if for some reason Groupy isn't to your liking, you may wish to consider TidyTabs from Nurgo Software. I've used both and at 5 bucks, Groupy is a great deal.