The impending arrival of a browsers-style tab system for Windows 11’s file explorer may also offer an additional side benefit, new reports suggest.
When Microsoft first introduced the new feature, the company emphasized the benefits of a productivity perspective, but it appears that File Explorer tabs also provide a welcome performance benefit.
As reported by Windows Latestusers with early access to the feature find that opening a new File Explorer tab consumes minimal additional memory resources (in the region of 1MB). Launching into a brand new File Explorer window now requires about ten times that amount.
In the context of the most modern computersand above all professional jobs, these memory savings are minimal. But then again, every little bit helps, and the performance benefit will scale with the amount of file management the user is doing.
Windows 11 File Explorer Tabs
The redesigned file explorer was first announced in Aprilduring an event focused on Hybrid work Innovations for Windows 11. Under the new system, instead of opening an additional instance of File Explorer to browse a new file location, users can simply bring up a new tab that blends seamlessly into the same window.
The goal is simple: reduce desktop clutter and make it easier to work in multiple file locations at the same time by reducing the number of windows open at once.
The announcement was well received by Windows fans who have been demanding the feature for years; Pretty much since it was introduced in macOS in 2013. Until now, users have had to rely on it Third Party Solutions to enjoy the functionality in Windows 11, but no more.
The rollout of the new tab system began earlier this month with the arrival of Windows 11 Preview Build 25136, available to members of the Early Access program. It’s still unclear when the new version of File Explorer will make its way into a full public build, but users can at least take comfort in the fact that testing has now started in earnest.
In the meantime, users will also be pleased to hear that the new system may also deliver a performance boost that scales with the number of File Explorer tabs someone traditionally has open at one time.
And it’s not the only way Microsoft is trying to optimize RAM usage in Windows 11, either. Recently the company announced that the new Sleeping Tabs feature for Microsoft Edge has saved users about 273PB of RAM over the last month (at about 39.1MB per tab).
So, taken together, the two new features could result in significant RAM savings for users, resulting in superior multitasking performance and longer battery life. What’s not to like?
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