Launched 10 days ago this Microsoft blog has a couple of useful sneak peaks of the upcoming Windows 8 features. It'll prove interesting reading I think.
Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
The file management vid is well worth a look as well :http://media.ch9.ms/ch9/3ed7/82c23e5...t_high_ch9.mp4
I like the fact if you have multiple file transfers/copies going on you can pause one or more to prioritise which data gets done first. Handy for server migrations where you could pre-stage multiple file transfer operations and run them one at a time insted of having to go back and start each job afreash.
Built-in support for USB 3.0 will also be very handy. One thing I didn't know about Windows 7 is that you can't have multiple USB 3.0 controllers from different manufacturers in the same system. Windows 8 fixes this and adds native UASP (USB Attached SCSI) support too.
Another thing worth keeping in mind is that until Windows 8 arrives it's often not possible to mix and match USB 3.0 host controllers from different manufacturers in the same system. The reason behind this is that the drivers function in different ways and they might interfere with each other and cause performance issues. (Source)
Interesting. I didn't know that about USB 3.0 and W7. Cheers!
Interesting blog but a bit of a heavy read for each post! Thanks for the link and added to faves as I am keen to see how Windows 8 interacts with Windows Live. I foresee them getting even closer in the future.
I did post this the other week, Windows 8 Engineering Blog Launched
I am very pleased to see that they are now doing this
Last edited by EduTech; 29th August 2011 at 09:52 PM.
So in a world of widescreen displays, Microsoft have added more vertical clutter to Windows Explorer, to cater for about 10% of users? Well done.
Having bigger finger-friendly buttons in Windows Explorer will make it much easier for tablet users though. The less you have to use drop-down menus and the on-screen keyboard the better.
I don't think trying to have one interface that caters for both traditional navigation and tablet use at the same time is a winning solution. It's either tablet or desktop - both are very different interfaces.
How long have widescreens been out?
The whole UI has been designed with widescreen monitors in mind, so the details pane uses real estate more efficiently to display image information. The ribbon itself collapses, so those of you eager for vertical screen space can cut out a big chunk of the UI by double clicking to contract/expand the ribbon. The Quick Access Toolbar exists specifically for power users who want to add their own commands to the Explorer UI. And the Up button's back. (Source)
Last edited by Arthur; 30th August 2011 at 12:58 AM.
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