The default windows of Google Chrome and a few other browsers show a thumbnail of all the recently viewed websites. Taking this a step further, Microsoft wants you to be able to organize your open-tabs better.
In a patent filed recently at the US Patent and Trademark Office, Microsoft writes that the purpose of a ‘Quick Pick’ interface is to help users who have several dozens of tabs open a quick way to surf through all open tabs and pick the right window.
Here is what we know about the Quick-Pick Interface
- A Quick-pick button shall be available on the navigation menu of the browser and it could additionally come with a hot-key
- Pressing the same will open the Quick-Pick Interface which will display the open tabs in thumbnail fashion
- Hover your mouse over any of the thumbnails to see a bigger picture of the window
- Reorganize your tabs by dragging the thumbnails across on the Quick-Pick interface
- Close all unwanted tabs from the Quick-pick interface
- Click on the tab you want to go to on the Quick-pick interface
The Quick-Pick interface appears to serve as a dashboard from where you may manage all your open windows. But I wonder how many users will actually need such an interface to manage tabs. Except for the power users (who I believe have migrated away from IE a long time back), not many would see a need for this. What do you think?