Many users of existing browsers keep their 'primary' tabs to the left of their tab-strip. This allows easy access to commonly used applications that users keep open all the time. Others use bookmarks to quickly access their favorite apps without leaving them open, though bookmarks will replace their current window which may be undesirable.
Pinned tabs are an acknowledgement of both of these behaviors:
Pinned tabs remain available across sessions, allowing users to always access their favorite apps from a consistent location. Pinned tabs can be created via contextual menu, dragging a tab to the pinned area, or opening an application.
- Any tab can be converted into a 'pinned tab' where it shrinks to the size of its favicon, and remains locked to the left of the tab-strip
- Any external link opened from a pinned tab will be opened outside of the group of pinned tabs, ensuring that the group remains consistently accessible
- Applications open with the pinned tabs automatically, and pinned tabs are removed when they are closed