Smartphone-Like App Folders Could Happen to Windows 11 Desktop – Review Geek

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Microsoft and its customers want more from the Start Menu in Windows 11. That’s why Microsoft is working on small, tidy Start Menu app folders that let you quickly access groups of apps. But curiously, this functionality could extend to the desktop of Windows 11.

As discovered by Latest version of Windows, Microsoft actually teased App Folders for the desktop in April. A small folder full of social media apps sits on the Windows 11 desktop, almost mockingly, during a segment in the company Hybrid Work Conference. (Which was a very annoying event, in case you were wondering why it flew under the radar.)

A close up of the app folder, which contains icons for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Reddit.
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Technically speaking, you can already create “app folders” in Windows 11 – just dump a bunch of app shortcuts into an old normal folder. The benefit of this experimental feature is that it previews app icons.

And while I’m making an educated guess here, Windows 11 app folders probably behave like folders in Android or iOS. They can expand with a single click, for example, or disappear when you click elsewhere on the screen. (Traditional Windows folders open with a double-click and must be closed manually.)

That said, this is clearly an experimental feature. Microsoft probably didn’t intend to show it in the Hybrid Work keynote, and as far as we know, it could be a mockup with no real functionality. There is no guarantee that Microsoft will develop or release this feature.

Source: Latest version of Windows

Lance B. Holton