After Microsoft released the first major update for Windows 11, another small update arrived this week (October 18) that finally brings two requested features for everyone – tabs in File Explorer and improvements to the Taskbar.
Tabs are clearly the main feature here, especially for me, as being able to manage multiple files in one window will save me a lot of time and frustration, but it’s baffling to finally see it arrive after its first announcement in April.
On a blog post (opens in new tab)the company has also confirmed several other features arriving with this new update – right-clicking on the taskbar will give you the option to open Task Manager, while suggested actions may use numbers and text to suggest using them. in apps like Calendar and Skype.
While these updates are welcome, it would be great to hear a roadmap for users of when certain features will arrive, rather than waiting six months, which is what happened with File Explorer tabs.
Microsoft, let’s find out when these new features will arrive
Granted, these improvements are proof that Microsoft is listening to the feedback, but the tabs in File Explorer have taken six months to arrive since they were first announced at an event.
It wasn’t until the 2022 update debuted that the company announced them in October, but why so long?
If you take Apple’s example with macOS Ventura, this was announced back in June at WWDC, but was stated to be coming ‘in the fall’. The October 24 date was eventually announced for Ventura alongside new iPads and an Apple TV, but this gave users an idea of how they could prepare their devices for the next update.
In fact, a date of ‘in the fall’ isn’t the clearest of release dates, but it was at least an idea of when the update would arrive, whereas File Explorer’s tabs weren’t given a date in April.
This gives users confidence that features and updates will arrive at a certain time of year, and Microsoft should start doing the same.
Let’s look at a roadmap of at least six months, for some features that are almost ready for release. Or if we start to see new features announced, we’ll also see an approximate release date.
Windows is undergoing an overhaul, both in appearance and functionality, especially with the new Surface tablets about to become available, so let’s start to get some certainty about what new features are coming and when.