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    The official Microsoft Windows 8 Engineering Blog

    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    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
    You mean after almost 20 years they will finally get the estimated copy time etc correct ?
    That's no fun......

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    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.

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    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)

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    Interesting. I didn't know that about USB 3.0 and W7. Cheers!

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    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.

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    Microsoft have posted an update on their Windows 8 blog. This time for Windows Explorer.




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    I did post this the other week, Windows 8 Engineering Blog Launched

    I am very pleased to see that they are now doing this

    James.
    Last edited by EduTech; 29th August 2011 at 09:52 PM.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webman View Post
    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.
    Thank god I'm not the only one. OSX is even worse though. The first thing I do on a mac is get rid of the HUGE dock, and put it on the side. Seriously, why does it have to be so big as default? I wouldn't mind but both windows and OSX still has its downsides of having it on the side - windows the startmenu doesn't behave properly, OSX the windows often overlap it.

    How long have widescreens been out?

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    Been using this for years:

    XYplorer - A Windows File Manager and Explorer Replacement

    Will never go back - not sure if there is a free version but it my mind it's money well spent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webman View Post
    Microsoft have added more vertical clutter to Windows Explorer
    The ribbon can be minimized and if it's anything like the one in Office 2010 will adapt to the width of your monitor e.g.







    also...

    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)
    Quote Originally Posted by webman View Post
    to cater for about 10% of users?
    Don't you think that 10% figure would be a lot higher if the command bar in Windows 7 was actually more useful than it currently is? Rather than click the Organize menu and select Copy, most people (as Microsoft have shown) would rather use the keyboard shortcut or context menu instead. If the command bar had buttons for Cut, Copy, Paste etc. obviously more people would use them.
    Last edited by Arthur; 30th August 2011 at 12:58 AM.

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