Windows Timeline And Sets To Land Soon For Insiders

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 experiment Running apps in tabs

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 experiment Running apps in tabs

Check out the following video for an early look at the Sets feature coming to Windows 10 in future builds. Microsoft already offers a similar service through its OneDrive app, which will upload photos in the background on a phone and import them into the Photos app in Windows 10.

"Sets" (which may not be the actual name of the feature when it arrives), ensures everything related to what you're working on - including webpages, documents, files, images, and slideshows - is accessible in the one application, via tabs. The Windows Timeline ushers in a new way of thinking about work, specifically, the order in which things are done so that it's easier to get back to something you were doing a few hours ago. Sadly, the company has not committed on any timeline about when the feature could make it to the final release of Windows. Along those lines, Microsoft just announced an upcoming (and completely optional) interface paradigm for Windows 10 called Sets.

The Slow ring, on the other hand, is for the testers who would want to test the feature after most of the bugs have been ironed out.

Sets will initially be limited to Universal Windows Apps. It basically allows users to access some elements of an app or game on the Play Store without installing them on the device.

There's no word, yet, on when this feature will be made available for Insiders to test, but the wait shouldn't be too long. It shows right above the favourite apps when a user opens a new tab.

Microsoft is reportedly planning to extend this feature to standard desktop apps such as File Explorer or Notepad and eventually to apps that have custom titlebars. The report pointed out that that company is aiming to let Android and iOS users use "Sets' and let them resume their work after they log in to their Windows-powered device".

As it is, this still looks like a natural evolution for Windows (though it does raise questions over how drag-and-drop will work in practice).

An updated desktop version of Office will support Sets next year.

Go to Microsoft's Windows Insider website, then sign into your Microsoft account, and click Get Started to become a Windows Insider.

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