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Daily Archives: June 28, 2018

  • With Sets now jettisoned, the worthwhile feature list for the next version of Windows is vanishing

    Posted on June 28th, 2018 at 10:59 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft has officially announced that “Sets” — the feature that lets you use tabs inside any Windows window — won’t appear in the next version of Win10, known as RS5 and likely called 1809.

    If you haven’t seen it yet, Mary Jo Foley had a good, quick introduction to a demo version of Sets, seven months ago.

    Dona Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc say about yesterday’s beta, build 17704:

    General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

    Thank you for your continued support of testing Sets. We continue to receive valuable feedback from you as we develop this feature helping to ensure we deliver the best possible experience once it’s ready for release. Starting with this build, we’re taking Sets offline to continue making it great. Based on your feedback, some of the things we’re focusing on include improvements to the visual design and continuing to better integrate Office and Microsoft Edge into Sets to enhance workflow. If you have been testing Sets, you will no longer see it as of today’s build, however, Sets will return in a future WIP (Windows Insider Program) flight. Thanks again for your feedback.

    Which means MS is having major problems duplicating the feature set currently available in Stardock’s Groupy, which works with Win7 and later.

    Why does MS have so many problems catching up with Stardock’s technological advances? Beats me, but I’d bet in this case that MS feels obligated to handle more of the detailed foibles in the Office Ribbon, which is a cesspool of conflicting settings.

    Stardock pioneered many of the features you’ve seen (slightly mangled) in Windows 10, including Fences for grouping desktop icons. Start10 remains one of the few Win10 Start menu replacements that’s still supported. Microsoft should’ve bought Stardock a decade ago. But then, I guess that isn’t the Microsoft Way.

    Personally, more and more, I just use Chrome and the Google Suite and don’t worry about Timeline or Sets, or syncing with my phones or tablets.

    Microsoft will catch up some day. Maybe.