It’s been a while since some real news about Windows 8 made rounds. The next Microsoft OS is expected to have some drastic improvements and better features. In some of our earlier posts about Windows 8, we’ve covered some of the features being developed into Windows 8. Now Microsoft has rolled out some new information about how the Windows Explorer in Windows 8 will look like. The Ribbon UI is now an integrated part of the Windows [File] Explorer, packed with some useful tools for file management.
The Ribbon UI, well used and appreciated by users since it was first introduced in Microsoft Office 2007, will bring forward some of the basic and important but hidden Explorer features by making them ‘always available’ in the Explorer.
The goals of the new Windows Explorer, as stated by the Windows 8 blog can be precisely stated:
Optimize Explorer for file management tasks.
Create a streamlined command experience.
Respect Explorer’s heritage (which means some older features will be back. For example, the ‘Up’ button)
The file menu also gets a facelift + some usability enhancements.
According to the UX engineers at Microsoft, the Ribbon UI is optimized for widescreen monitors and is collapsible. The Windows 8 Explorer will also feature a new quick access toolbar (QAT), taking customization one notch higher. Right clicking a button will add it to QAT, for quicker access. Approximately 200 commands can be added to QAT. More details…