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Tabs are coming to Windows 11 explorer soon

Microsoft’s plans around feature updates for Windows 11 haven’t exactly been super clear. The company has said it will go from two major updates a year, like Windows 10, to one such update.

But in addition, there will also be minor updates with new functions. These used to be called “Moments” but more recently they have been called “controlled feature updates” and “monthly updates”. In a blog posts Panos Panay uses another designation: “Additional experiences”.

Whatever they come to be called more permanent, in any case it means that Microsoft releases new functions first in an optional update which is then automatically rolled out to all users. The first update arrives in October and has five main news:

  • Tabs in the explorer.
  • Updated Photo program.
  • Automatic suggestions in the terminal.
  • A new “flood menu” in the taskbar.
  • Improved Share Nearby feature.

Tabs in Explorer is reminiscent of what it has long looked like in Mac OS and most Linux desktop environments, and means you can have multiple folders open in a single window. Among other things, you can drag and drop files between tabs.

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