Back at Build 2018, Microsoft stated that its upcoming Sets feature for Windows 10 would be coming in a future update, but did not confirm it for the upcoming Redstone 5 release this fall. Sets is a big change in how users interact with Windows, so it's important that Microsoft gets its initial implementation right.
Today, the company has confirmed that Sets won't be coming with Redstone 5 later this year, and is removing the feature from Insider builds until a later date. Microsoft did the same back when it first started testing Sets with Redstone 4, pulling it before Redstone 4 was finalized and re-implementing it in the Redstone 5 builds later.
Thank you for your continued support of testing Sets. We continue to receive valuable feedback from you as we develop this feature helping to ensure we deliver the best possible experience once it's ready for release.
Starting with this build, we're taking Sets offline to continue making it great. Based on your feedback, some of the things we're focusing on include improvements to the visual design and continuing to better integrate Office and Microsoft Edge into Sets to enhance workflow.
If you have been testing Sets, you will no longer see it as of today's build, however, Sets will return in a future WIP flight. Thanks again for your feedback.
Microsoft is not committing to any scheduled feature update for Sets, instead saying it'll ship when it's ready. We'll see Sets return again in future Windows 10 builds, but that might not be for a while.
Sets not being ready in time for Redstone 5 should come as no surprise to anyone. Microsoft prefaced this at Build, and was very obvious in making sure it did not state that Sets would be coming in Redstone 5. Microsoft has been listening to feedback on Sets, and continues to retool and rework it to better fit into the workflow of users.
If anything, this is a good thing. Shipping a feature that isn't fully baked will just make users want to turn it off or not use it, just like what happened with the original launch of Microsoft Edge. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!