Settings would give tabs to File Explorer and other Windows applications. An early version of sets once appeared in Windows Insider builds, but Microsoft drew it. Now, according to Microsoft's Rich Turner on Twitter, Sets is "no more."
We really looked forward to Sets, which we have always wanted to have tabs in File Explorer and console windows like the command prompt, PowerShell and even Linux Bash shell on Windows. Tabs in other programs like notebooks would be really cool too. Kit offered native tabs that any application can use. This is how Sets works when it was available in Windows Insider buildings for a short time a year ago.
In June 2018, Microsoft removed Sets tabs from the Windows Insider building and thanked the users for their "valuable feedback … when we develop this feature that helps ensure we deliver the best possible experience when ready for release . "
But five months later, Sets sees quite interrupted. In response to a question about when a tabbed console environment would arrive, Microsoft's Rich Turner said the "Shell table tab is no longer" – it refers to the set here.
Turner also said that "adding tabs [to the console] is high on our to do list." Certainly, Microsoft would not work to add tabs to the console if these operating system tabs were still moving anytime soon.
The tab experience Shell provided is no longer without adding tabs
– Rich Turner (@richturn_ms) April 20, 2019
It's a little crazy that we have to analyze Microsoft's plans from incorrect tweets, but so it goes. It seems Microsoft has silently canceled Sets without actually telling anyone outside Microsoft. Of course, we would like a more official statement, but Microsoft should never let go of one and let the memory of Sets quietly fade away.
It makes sense, really. Microsoft made Sets very complicated – it was more than just tabs; Each tab can embed Edge's web browser engine. With the old version of Edge coming out and a new Chrom-based version of Edge coming in, Sets is now more complicated to implement. Zac Bowden said Microsoft was still working to "best implement it", but it was back in 2018 and it seems like plans have changed.
Of course, while many people wanted File Explorer and console-like features, other operating systems had for decades-no one really asked Microsoft to make Sets so complicated in the first place.
Users: "We want a tabbed file manager and command prompt."
MS: "Okay, we also put them in every single app and built in a browser"
U: "Good, we didn't need all that but -"
MS: "Oh, it's too buggy , we delete it. "
– Chris Hoffman (@chrisbhoffman) March 11, 2019
Oh, there are at least ways to get tabs in File Explorer today. But it is 2019 and Windows should really offer this basic feature.
If we misinterpreted Rich Turner's tweet and Sets are still on the way, we would be happy to update this article with an official Microsoft statement on what happens to Sets.