Tabs would improve the performance of Windows 11

If there’s one feature that Windows users have been demanding for decades, that was the addition of tabs in the file explorer. A system present in web browsers practically from its origins (and one of the many design and usability contributions made by Opera) and also in other operating systems, mainly Linux, but for whatever reason, Microsoft has not wanted to bring , until now, to Windows.

Fortunately in Redmond they have changed their minds, and we have known for some time now that Windows 11’s first major update, 22H2, will bring the long-awaited tabs. We do not know what reason has led Microsoft to change its mind, but in any case it is excellent news, and it already has many of us counting the days until Microsoft begins to release this update among Windows 11 users.

A few days ago we could already see what the tabs look like in the Windows 11 file explorer and, as expected, their appearance is very promising. Of course, in the end Microsoft is adopting an element about which there is already a lot of knowledge, so it had all the ballots to do it well. The surprise is that the improvement is not only aesthetic and usabilityit could also lead to an improvement in the general performance of the system.

And it is that, as we can read in Windows Latest, and in a conclusion that actually has all the logic in the world, and that is that the use of tabs reduces the consumption of RAM in Windows 11, thus improving its performance. Specifically, this is what we can read about the tests:

«Compared to a full new window, a new tab within File Explorer uses a minimal amount of memory. We have observed this behavior in our tests and users have also reported similar results. For example, if a new tab is opened, it will only add a few megabytes to the existing File Explorer process.

In fact, File Explorer’s memory usage increases by only 1 megabyte. This is particularly useful if you are in the habit of opening multiple instances/windows of File Explorer. By opening tabs, you can reduce resource usage and still be productive

Nothing new under the sun, really. It makes perfect sense, sinceas different tabs in the same window share resources, which must be duplicated if we are talking about separate windows. And the greater the volume of open windows vs tabs, there is no doubt that the difference will be even more pronounced.

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