Microsoft Reportedly Killing Off Windows 10 Sets Feature for Good

Ruben Fields
April 24, 2019

A tweet by a Microsoft employee, Microsoft Senior Program Manager Rich Turner, on April 20, 2019, was picked up by blogs and news outlets as it was the first (semi) official quote on Sets since all went dark in 2018.

The ambitious Windows 10 feature got a lot of attention starting from its reveal two years ago, as it made its way in and out of Windows Insider builds right down to its recent demise as Microsoft accelerated efforts to shift its Edge browser to Chromium.

But according to the aforementioned report, the feature is being killed off anyway, so there's little chance Sets would even return to Windows 10.

In a follow-up tweet, Turner explained that he was only referring to the Windows Console, and not to Sets overall in Windows 10.

I have to admit that I did not find Sets particularly useful when I tried it in the Insider Build it was included in.

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This complex implementation, however, meant apps had to be optimized to work with Sets, and the aforementioned source says the Office engineering team in particular had to focus specifically on optimizing the productivity suite only for this feature. The amount of work needed to integrate the revamped browser into Sets would have either required that Microsoft delay Edge's release or else left it without Sets support for months.

The decision to nix Sets might not have much impact on most Windows users-especially if it was as poorly received as ZDNet reported-but it's still a shame that it was canceled.

Microsoft designed Sets as a way for Windows 10 users to merge multiple application windows into a single window container for easy access.

In the example notification above, you can see Microsoft's large reminder window. "It'll remain included in Windows 10 for now".

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