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Microsoft abandons development of a new Windows interface
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Microsoft abandons development of a new Windows interface

Microsoft planned to modify its Windows operating system by changing its interface. To do this, it was going to offer tabs rather than windows. Change of plan: this new interface, Sets, won't not see the light of day.

This interface would have been a big design change, but technology and Microsoft specialist Mary Jo Foley confirmed on Zdnet that Sets will not be released. At least that is what her Microsoft sources claim. There are probably several reasons for this, but the main one, or at least the one that led to this decision, is technical (the transition from a Chromium base for Microsoft Edge would have caused problems). Strangely, Foley explains that "the feature generally wasn't well received or well understood" by the testers, which is rather curious because on the surface there is not much to understand, but things are perhaps more complicated than they seem.

The tweet above comes from a Microsoft official and was published over the weekend. It has the merit of giving a little more hope to those who want to see more tabs and fewer windows, but according to Foley this feature will be limited to the file manager.

You can see below one of the first demonstrations of Sets in its early days...

Are you sad to hear this news, or do you prefer to keep Windows full of windows anyway? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Zdnet


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  • If it's not broken don't fix it (unless it's a smart phone by Samsung LOL!)

  • storm 3 weeks ago Link to comment

    tabs are just OK, not my preference generally.

    One trick i like is where the active window doesnt rise to the top without a click. So where the mouse pointer is is active but not necessarily on top. I can then type in the active window while reading out of the top window. Possible in tabs, but I bet MS wouldnt have supported it.