Sets marks "the biggest change" to Windows UI since Windows 95

Sets marks

Microsoft has announced a new Windows 10 feature, called Sets. However, it will not be the kind of tabular interface that one would expect and where users open multiple files associated with the same program and manage them all in one window.

The feature was meant to appear in the Fall Creators Update, but unfortunately there was no chance of Microsoft getting it ready for that release. Choosing a new app or file will open it in the tab next to the original element.

Microsoft announced today that it is bringing the much-anticipated Timeline feature to Windows 10 Insider preview builds this week.

Also set to make an appearance in the Redstone 4 update is a feature now called "Sets" which Microsoft describes as "an easier way to organize your stuff and get back to what you were doing". For the uninitiated, Fast Ring is one of the release channels for users who test early preview builds of Windows 10. Sets would let users keep a set of apps for a particular project, and I assume users will be able to set aside applications just like they can now a set of apps.

While Sets might seem like an obvious UI evolution for Windows, it's still a significant move for Microsoft.

In the coming weeks in WIP, we will begin releasing a new Windows 10 feature we are calling "Sets" (we've not landed on a name yet). The company posted a video about their vision of the feature and demoed a student working with Microsoft Office Word with Office 365, Microsoft Edge and Powerpoint. Microsoft will allow users to turn it off for specific apps.

"One thing to note here is that 'Add tabs to File Explorer" now has 22,245 votes on the Windows Feedback Hub at the time of writing and "Sets" should satisfy those users while offering even more functionality. The idea is that for any given task, Windows will create a "Set" for you that lives in a special desktop view. Sets will initially be limited to Store apps, though.

The next Windows Insider build going out to the Fast Ring 1 will have Timeline built in. It's created to minimise the clutter of several open windows on your Windows 10 desktop, while still allowing you to keep tasks separate from each other.

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