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With every new version of Windows 10 comes an interesting new feature, such as the upcoming Font Maker -- but sometimes a cool new feature doesn't make the cut. This week, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 Sets would not be making it into the next big update due this October. Sets combines tabs in the Microsoft Edge browser with tabs that contain application windows, such as Microsoft Word or Excel, to help organize your workflow. But it's a complicated thing to get Windows' dizzying variety of software into one app interface.

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In the release notes for a different version of Windows 10 under development, the company said "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 [work in progress] flight."

"Flights" are the different versions of Windows 10 that Microsoft sends to testers before deciding on what it will release to the general public.

Complicating matters is that the October update of Windows 10 is going to be supported for the next 10 years, rather than the usual 18 months. So if you work somewhere that gets locked into this Long-Term Support Channel version, then Sets may remain unavailable or only partially available.

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There are perception challenges as well: Statistically, more than half of Windows 10 users appear to favor the Google Chrome web browser, with less than 20 percent on Microsoft Edge. (Mozilla Firefox, for its part, trails at less than 10 percent, a far cry from its one-time dominance on Windows despite its impressive recent strides.) So it may be difficult to get people to use Microsoft Edge with the Sets function, given how extensive Chrome's reach has become.

The takeaways

  1. Windows 10 Sets sounds like an interesting tool, but its lack of actual necessity takes the sting out of a release delay.
  2. In other news, Microsoft planning 10 more years of support for Windows 10 bodes well for their long-term commitment to the platform, in an age where phones and tablets are increasingly encroaching on spaces that used to be reserved for desktops and laptops.

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Tom is the senior editor covering Windows at Download.com.