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Microsoft leaks Windows 11 23H2 desktop app folders feature

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Microsoft is gearing up to launch Windows 11’s first major update “22H2” in Fall 2022, with the devices expected to get the update in October. At the same time, Microsoft is also working on next year’s feature update, which is expected to come with several exciting features, some of which could also appear in earlier versions of Windows 11.

As you probably already know, Windows 11’s Insider Program doesn’t get access to new features. The last few preview updates have been released with only improvements and bug fixes. The reason for the delay is that a slew of new features should go live soon for users in the Dev channel, but they’re not ready yet.

One of the features could be ‘desktop app folders’. Microsoft has confirmed it’s working on bringing folders to the Start menu, but a new leak from the company suggests it’s also working on “app folders” for desktop, which may appear in the Dev channel in the coming months. end up.

Windows 11 Desktop App Folders Leak
Image Courtesy: Microsoft’s April Event | Captured by Windows Latest

As noted by one of our readers, Microsoft teased app folder support for Windows desktops during the company’s hybrid work event. An approach similar to Start menu folders will also be used for desktop, where users will be allowed to move one app icon over another to create an ‘app folder’ on the desktop.

Desktop App Folder
Example of a ‘Social Media’ app folder for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Reddit

Microsoft may be working on this feature internally or it may be a draft, so there’s still no guarantee the desktop app folders will ever be completed and released.

Windows desktop app folders is not a bad idea

Maintaining and keeping a Windows desktop clean is no easy task. You may want to keep the desktop organized and clean, but no matter how often you try to keep it, there’s always a chance it will get cluttered again, especially when apps pin shortcuts to the desktop by default.

A clean desktop will apparently make it easier to find apps and important files, making you more productive. At the same time, folders for desktop apps make the desktop more pleasant to look at and not cluttered with a bunch of shortcuts to apps.

Desktop App Folders allow you to drag and drop as many app icons as you want into the same folder. It doesn’t matter how many apps you have on the desktop.

It is worth noting that the concept of app folders is not entirely new. The app folders feature is also available on Windows 10, but users can only create folders or groups for the live titles pinned to Start.

On the other hand, Windows 11 23H2 wants to bring the same functionality to the desktop itself, which is used more often than the Start.

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