Redmond says Windows 10 Sets Feature Should Return in Future Build

Redmond’s engineers have put out a new preview build of the April 2018 Update’s successor, but it seems to lack the Sets multitasking widget. Microsoft has codenamed the new build Redstone 5, and it introduces a new base container image. It also features a number of data privacy and security enhancements that enterprise-level users have been clamoring for ever since Windows 10 first got released.

Most press, therefore, is paying attention to these and not to the sudden change in workflow that Windows 10 users will potentially experience as a result of this UI alteration. Sets allows users to put regular applications into tabs, which can then be sorted back and forth through like they can in many popular file managers and web browsers.

Tabbed workflows have become especially common on non-Windows operating systems. Text editors for GNU/Linux and macOS installations often feature this UI gadget, which made Sets a potentially good option for those deploying Windows 10 in an environment where people were used to other OS designs.

Windows Insider Program representatives announced that Redmond is merely working on integrating Office and Edge into sets, which could improve workflows not only for these users but also for laptop users who are used to keyboard shortcuts. Sets is also potentially huge feature for these users, since it can save screen room and allow for fast application switching.

A blog post from a senior program manager at Microsoft said that users that have been testing Sets will no longer be able to see it as of the new build, but the post promised that it would return in a future version. It will probably happen after these integrations are finalized.

Once Sets is included in Windows 10 by default, more natives of Microsoft’s ecosystem will probably come to love it as well. It can be easy to switch back and forth between applications when they’re in a single window, which gives users the ability to look back and forth between documents when editing them.

Other updates to the operating system include better methods to deal with vulnerability exploits and ransomware, which is admittedly more than likely far more important than UI changes to an overwhelming majority of users.

John Rendace
John is a GNU/Linux expert with a hobbyist's background in C/C++, Web development, storage and file system technologies. In his free time, he maintains custom and vintage PC hardware. He's been compiling his own software from source since the DOS days and still prefers using the command line all these years later.