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Microsoft has gifted some of the brave members of the Windows Insiders Dev Channel team with the long-awaited tabbed File Explorer.

“We’re starting to roll out this feature, so it’s not yet available to all Dev Channel Insiders,” the software giant said.

The register was one of the lucky ones and we have Microsoft to commend for the implementation (late as it is). The purpose of the feature is to allow users to work in multiple locations at once in File Explorer via tabs in the title bar.

The feature is in build 25136. Microsoft has also updated the left navigation pane for easier access to frequently used folders as well as general storage. The “This PC” folder is now only for physical assets, while known Windows folders (such as Documents and Pictures) have been moved elsewhere.

“We’d love to hear your feedback on which tab features you’d like to see next,” the Insider team said. We suggest some consistency might be in order – fire up Microsoft Edge, for example, and the tabs paradigm is markedly different. Overloading tabs results in lots of tiny tabs while File Explorer and Windows Terminal adopt a minimum width with arrows to scroll the tabline left and right.

Microsoft’s obsession with widgets continues in this release as well. Along with the weather, users can also get live updates from the sports and financial widgets, as well as news alerts.

In addition to the usual series of fixes (including one to deal with a freeze after a user issued a wsl-shutdown command), Microsoft has updated Notepad and Media Player.

The former received performance improvements when dealing with large chunks of text and native Arm64 support. We had to head to the Microsoft Store to download the update, which is available on all channels, and saw the architecture change from x64 to ARM64 in the task manager. The latter, which is Dev Channel only, has finally added the ability to sort songs and albums in a collection by date added.

As if to emphasize that this is all state-of-the-art, Microsoft has warned that Surface Pro X users will get a black screen when trying to wake from hibernation and will need to power cycle to bring it back to life. their slab. The recommendation for these users is to ignore this version. ®


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