This radical new browser will transform your relationship with tabs

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SigmaOS rethinks tabs as to-do list items and windows as workspaces.
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SigmaOS isn't the first startup to try reinventing the web browser, but it might be the weirdest.

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Unlike most desktop web browsers, this new Mac app has no horizontal tab bar, no bookmarks, and only one browser window. Some elements of its layout, such as its new tab button, seem deliberately out of place, and it's missing some features you might consider table-stakes, like extension support. It also costs $10 per month after a two-week trial, whereas most browsers are free. So why did SigmaOS become the most-upvoted entry on ProductHunt last week? Perhaps it's because we're constantly overwhelmed by our browser tabs and are desperate for new ways to deal with them. Mahyad Ghassemi, SigmaOS's cofounder and CEO, has said that he became frustrated by the lack of organization features in traditional web browsers, and decided to develop a radical alternative. That's why SigmaOS forces users to imagine browser tabs as tasks and the browser itself as a to-do list. While it has some blind spots and blemishes in its early days, it makes a convincing argument that the way we work on the web needs a rethink.

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Strange by design Instead of windows, SigmaOS has "Workspaces," appearing as a row of customizable icons along the left side of the screen, and each has its own vertical stack of tabs next to it. Every tab must belong to a Workspace, and the verticality is non-negotiable. To make up for its lack of multiple windows, SigmaOS offers one concession for split-screen browsing: You can click a button or press Cmd-Right to slide out a second page in a side-by-side view. The point is make organization feel mandatory. While using SigmaOS myself, I decided to set up separate Workspaces for each of my writing assignments, along with a…
Jared Newman
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