Microsoft to improve multi-tasking on Windows 10 with the Sets feature
Microsoft has come up with a new feature called Sets which will help users get things done quickly. It is inspired by the tabs feature in web browsers, which allow users to juggle between multiple tabs/webpages with a single click. Sets integrates the tab feature into Microsoft apps. It is currently in beta and accessible only to a small number of Windows 10 Insiders.
What makes Sets a powerful productivity tool is the capability to convert an existing program running on the screen into a temporary homescreen allowing users to access anything they want on the same program.
So if a user is working on a Word document and needs additional information for which he/she needs to access the web browser or another Word document, they won’t have to minimise the existing program and then look up the relevant file or app on the Windows 10 homescreen. Sets will show a tab section at the top of the same Word program. Clicking on the + icon will open another page with all the frequently used apps. Scrolling down the page will show all the Office 365 content, which includes all recently saved or shared documents, excel sheets, power point presentations or notes, in the same window.
While going through any of the files, if users come across a weblink they wish to see, clicking on it will open the webpage within the Word interface as a new tab, instead of redirecting them to the default web browser on the PC.
In case user needs to refer to an older file and they don’t remember where it is saved, they can look up for it by typing the related keyword in the search bar. It shows right above the favourite apps when a user opens a new tab.
Sets is smart enough to remember all the tabs for users. This means users can get back to the task where they had left it along with all the tabs that they had accessed. User can resume any particular tab or all of them with a single click.
Google’s Instant apps feature is built on similar lines, but it revolves only around the Play Store app. It basically allows users to access some elements of an app or game on the Play Store without installing them on the device. But it is more of a preview and doesn’t give full access to all the features of the app.