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Microsoft is reportedly experimenting with a “Tabbed Shell” experience for File Explorer, apps

If you’re like us, your web browser is probably your most-used app on your PC, and keeping several browser tabs opened help you multitask very easily. However, some of you may actually like to see tab support in many other apps, including productivity apps like Office or basic apps like the File Explorer. According to a new report from Windows Central, Microsoft may well be working on a way to enable tabs in all your favorite Windows apps.

The feature is reportedly called “Tabbed Shell” internally, and app developers wouldn’t have to do anything to support it. The report explains:

Per our sources, Tabbed Shell is a feature being worked on at an OS level, and doesn’t require work from app developers to take advantage of it. By default, Tabbed Shell works with any app window, whether it be Photoshop, File Explorer, or Microsoft Word. Much like in Edge, you’ll find a tabbed interface at the top of a window where you can switch between instances of the same app.

The report also explains that Microsoft may provide an API to developers looking to improve the tab experience in their apps, and even create custom experiences when opening new tabs. However, it’s still not clear if this tab support would replace the ability to open multiple instances of an app in multiple windows or just complement it. Anyway, Tabbed Shell is still being tested internally and it may take some time before Microsoft eventually releases it to the public.

Do you think tabs could help you be more productive with your favourite Windows apps, and do you hope to see this feature coming in future major Windows 10 updates? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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