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SigmaOS is the first browser folks have geeked out about in a long time

(TECHNOLOGY) Browsers haven’t garnered new fans since Chrome, but SigmaOS has a fantastically creative UX, and a focus on multi-tasking.

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Aside from a few situational outliers, the number of practical browsers for people to use across the board has been pretty limited. SigmaOS is an entry that promises a “radically different UX,” and with it, the opportunity to finally use something that isn’t Google Chrome.

SigmaOS is a productivity-first browser, so the majority of the marketable features focus on how it can impact consumers’ work days.

The first thing you’ll notice about SigmaOS is that it doesn’t look like any other mainstream browser on the market. For starters, the browser’s “tabs” are not particularly traditional; rather, they serve as spaces for you to arrange your webpages and any apps you have running in the browser.

Organizing tabs isn’t new, but SigmaOS’ file system-like method of organization is a refreshing take on the comparably clunky tab consolidation we’ve seen before.
This browser also boasts a split-screen feature that prioritizes browser window space for…well, browsing, while reserving a side panel for things like notes, web apps, or less-spacious browsing. It’s a small but significant addition that cuts down on the frequency of clicking between tabs – something that eats up time in any other browser without some customization.

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Collaboration appears easier than usual with Sigma OS, too. Other SigmaOS users can receive web pages from you within the browser window itself, and there are a variety of sharing options that SigmaOS can access directly from your available apps.

There are a few other features that stand out as being both innovative and useful. For example, the “snooze” feature allows you to close pages that you don’t need for now; after your imposed time limit, the snoozed pages will come back, allowing you to clear out work temporarily without having to track down your old pages again.

Finally, SigmaOS reportedly allows you to do everything (from managing your tabs to entering search queries and more) without the use of a mouse. Again, this isn’t excessively new, and keyboard shortcuts are something that many superusers can leverage to get the most out of Chromium-based browsers; however, SigmaOS is built for convenience for the average user, making this a notable choice.

If you’ve been looking for a browser overhaul, SigmaOS is worth a look – especially if you struggle with productivity.

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Jack Lloyd has a BA in Creative Writing from Forest Grove's Pacific University; he spends his writing days using his degree to pursue semicolons, freelance writing and editing, oxford commas, and enough coffee to kill a bear. His infatuation with rain is matched only by his dry sense of humor.

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