Sets should provide tabs for File Explorer and other Windows applications. An earlier version of Sets appeared once in Windows Insider builds, but Microsoft took it over. According to Microsoft's Rich Turner on Twitter, Sets is "nothing more."
We were looking forward to sets, as we always wanted tabs and console windows in Tab Explorer, such as the Command Prompt, PowerShell and even Linux bash shells on Windows. Even tabs in other applications like Notepad would be really cool. Sets the native tabs that each application can use. Sets worked when it was available for a short time in Windows insider builds a year ago.
In June 2018, Microsoft removed the Sets tabs from the Windows Insider build and thanked users for their "valuable feedback" as we develop this feature. This feature helps to ensure that we provide the best possible experience once it is ready to be published , "
Microsoft has since disagreed with sets. In December 2018, Zac Bowden of Windows Central claimed that sets had not been "broken off" by Microsoft, according to his sources.
But five months later, Sets looks pretty canceled. In response to a question as to when a tabbed console environment would arrive, Microsoft's Rich Turner said that "the tab provided by Shell is no longer experience" – he refers to sets here.
Turner also said that "adding tabs [to the console] is high on our to-do list." Microsoft certainly would not work to add tabs to the console if the native operating system tabs are still in the near future get in the way.
The tab provided by Shell no longer includes adding tabs at the top of our to-do list.
– Rich Turner (@richturn_ms) April 20, 2019
It's a little crazy that we need to analyze Microsoft's plans for failed tweets, but that's the way it works. It seems like Microsoft has muted siled sets without anyone telling them outside of Microsoft. Of course, we'd like a more official statement, but Microsoft may never release one and let the memory of sets quietly disappear.
That really makes sense. Microsoft made sets very complicated – it was more than just tabs. Each tab can embed the browser module of Edge. With the old version of Edge on the way out and a new Chromium-based version of Edge on the way in, implementing sets is now more complicated. Zac Bowden said Microsoft is still working on "how best to implement it", but that was in 2018 and it seems the plans have changed.
Of course, many people wanted File Explorer and Console Tabs – features that other operating systems have not had for decades. Nobody really asked Microsoft to make sets so complicated.
User: "We want a tabbed file manager and a command prompt."
MS: "Okay, we put it in every single app and integrated web browser"
U: "Great, we did not need anything except -"
MS: "Oops, it's too flawed, we remove it. "
U:" Hey, what happened to our tabbed file manager? Hello?
– Chris Hoffman (@chrisbhoffman) March 11, 2019
Well, at least there is opportunities to get tabs in File Explorer today, but it's 2019 and Windows should really provide this basic feature.
If we misinterpreted Rich Turner's tweet and sets are still on the way, we'd be glad to update this article with one official statement from Microsoft about the operations on sets.