With Windows 10 'Sets,' Microsoft takes aim at Chrome OS
Windows 10 "Sets" is Microsoft's answer to Chrome OS's tabbed navigation experience. Here's why that should be very exciting for Windows users.
During the last 12 months, Microsoft made some significant advancements in positioning Windows 10 as a viable Chrome OS competitor. With Windows 10 coming to ARM, and the introduction of Windows 10 S, Microsoft is journeying towards turning Windows 10 into a real Chrome OS alternative.
The recent announcement of a "Sets" feature coming to Windows 10 is yet another step forward in that journey, essentially lifting the tabbed experience Chrome OS is known for and bolting it onto Windows.
Sets + Edge > Chrome?
The tabbed browsing experience is a popular one. People love tabs in their web browsers, so why not bring that same experience to apps? This is what Chrome OS already nails, putting everything in a tabbed environment, whether it be a website, app, or progressive web app. More and more people on Windows are using their web browsers exclusively to do pretty much everything on their PCs,
Microsoft needs a true "lite" version of Windows
The problem with that is even on Windows people are choosing Chrome over Edge. If more and more people are using Chrome to do everything, Windows itself is being used less as a result. So, Microsoft needs to somehow get people to start using Edge, and what better way to do that than to tie Edge with Sets, making Edge a more convenient choice when switching between websites and apps on a Windows 10 PC?
Sets and Edge will work together, just like the Chrome browser and tabs environment do on Chrome OS. With Sets on Windows 10, the user will be able to switch between the apps on their PC and websites they're browsing, without having to switch windows or environments. This scenario only really works if the user is using Edge, so the Sets function itself is almost going to have to trick people into using Edge.
With Sets, every window will have a tabbed UI above it, with a plus (+) button for opening a new tab. The new tab experience begins with the familiar Edge Start page, and from there you'll be able to launch not just websites but locally installed apps on your device, directly from within the Edge Start UI. This is Microsoft's attempt at keeping users within Windows and Edge, instead of switching to Chrome.
What sets Microsoft's approach apart?
Google Chrome on Windows is a serious problem for Microsoft. Windows 10 S is the perfect example of this. Many people will scoff at the idea of Windows 10 S because it doesn't have Chrome. But if Microsoft can minimize the want for Chrome by making Windows 10 perform and behave better when using its own tabbed experience, then perhaps Microsoft can eliminate people's need for Google's browser.
Why Microsoft's new tabbed "Sets" in Windows could be a genuine game changer
Microsoft is essentially trying to keep people within its own platform, which is important as users opt for a more web-orientated workflow. Microsoft is essentially webifying Windows 10 with Sets by bundling websites, apps and more under the same tabbed windows. It's all about the efficiency of the user's workflow, with Sets enabling the ability to resume entire windows across PCs and multitask with ease.
So, now we have the Chrome OS tabbed experience on Windows thanks to Sets, along with Windows 10 S and Windows 10 on ARM. Microsoft isn't done with trying to compete with Chrome OS, however. We understand that there are even more changes and features in the pipeline that will further help Windows 10 along, as more and more people flock to using their web browsers as their one-stop-shops for everything.
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I don't see why security would be an issue... Explain
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That's a clever use of the word "sets" 😃
Do this: close a tab on Edge using a mouse middle click. Notice how on Edge - and ONLY on Edge - the tab is closed the moment you press the middle button. Literally every other browser closes the tab when you release the middle button. This drove me so mad I just stopped using it. Right clicking anywhere in the address bar or any other text box shows the context menu with a delay. A lot of times the whole brower windows just freezes. These are on top of all the sloppiness in design. These design flaws are just ubiquitous in all UWP apps: https://1drv.ms/f/s!AiqmLTS7IYp8i9YIf-mJzc8SacK4ig It's facinating. If you look at where Microsoft started to go downhill with Windows, more often than not everything comes back to User Experience. 8 had a crappy UX. Before that, Vista. Windows 10 Mobile just straight up demolished what was considered award winning on WP8 and 8.1. UWP also suffers from the same issue: Microsoft just can't create good apps and exciting, consistent UX on its own OS. Have you seen the new Paint 3D? After the RibbonUI of Office matured and made its way to Windows on Windows Explorer and Paint, now we have to settle for some primitive buttons at the top...all effort in UX thrown away in one swipe. Microsoft doesn't know why their software just doesn't feel right. I know, and I've been yelling for years here and elsewhere.
I think that's why you hear "UWP is unstable" from many people. Maybe it works fine for the majority, but not for a sizeable minority. Let me ask you this: does the Task Manager open as quickly as it did on 7? Mine takes 30 to 45 seconds at times to open. Once I had to open a second Task Manager to close the first one!
This is your brain on drugs, kids
How would you know as Chrome is in essence a glorified dumb terminal. I have had the same laptop for several years and granted most of issues i have experienced are windows update driver related. Generally malware writers go after the large % of a userbase. Chrome o/s as it stands is not worth the effort. It doesn't mean it's secure, it simple means it's a waste of time. In simplest terms your friends and family members don't know the basics of system maintenance. If they are switching or buying laptops / pcs every few years. A simple defrag tool on a mechanical drive, a decent anti virus, firewall, adblocker along with common sense goes a long way (not installing adware toolbars, downloading random programmes and allowing them to connect to internet and hog up bandwidth) etc. Heck just by adding ram and a ssd which costs about $100 or so bucks you can have the performance of a brand new machine. Even less if you are savy enough. But i would never recommend cheaping out on a ssd. You are just asking for trouble.
Just for a test, I am going to use the Stardock version and see if something like this would be of any use to me.