Microsoft showcases the new Windows Explorer with the Ribbon UI approach in Windows 8

Microsoft is now showcasing the improvements made to the file management capabilities of Windows Explorer. Windows Explorer is a foundation of the user experience of the Windows desktop and has undergone several design changes over the years since the “MS-DOS Executive” in Windows 1.0!

With this new version of Explorer, three main goals are to be accomplished:
1. Optimize Explorer for file management tasks: Return Explorer to its roots as an efficient file manager and expose some hidden gems, those file management commands already in Explorer that many customers might not even know exist.

2. Create a streamlined command experience: Put the most used commands in the most prominent parts of the UI so they are easy to find, in places that make sense and are reliable. Organize the commands in predictable places and logical groupings according to context, and present relevant information right where you need it.

3. Respect Explorer’s heritage: Maintain the power and richness of Explorer and bring back the most relevant and requested features from the Windows XP era when the current architecture and security model of Windows permits.

Essentially, Microsoft wants to optimise explorer for file management tasks whilst creating a streamlined command experience and keeping the user interface and heritage of previous versions of Windows.

We evaluated several different UI command affordances including expanded versions of the Vista/Windows 7 command bar. The ribbon approach offered benefits in line with our goals.

The home tab that hones in on the main file management tasks, these include Copy, Paste, Delete, Rename, Cut, and Properties. These commands make up 84% of what users in Windows Explorer do.

Windows 8 Explorer - Home tab

The share tab. This is designed to let users quickly share files and folders by making it easy to email, zip, print and fax their data. Windows 8 users will also be able to quickly share files with other home group members of their network.

Windows 8 Explorer - Share tab

The view tab provides access to a number of options to customise the view inside Windows Explorer. One-click access for turning on/off the Navigation pane, Preview pane, and Details pane, a live preview gallery for the different icon display sizes, quick access to sorting and grouping by column, the ability to quickly add columns, plus easy access to three hidden features: show file name extensions, show hidden items, and hide selected items.

Windows 8 Explorer - View tab

The Search tab. Searching in Explorer will activate the new search tab to provide a number of different ways to filter searches. Microsoft has also created a number of contextual tabs that activate themselves relative to the context of specific files and folders.

Windows 8 Explorer - Search tab

Shortcut improvements. All 200 commands in the ribbon now have keyboard shortcuts. Advanced users will also be able to customise the quick access toolbar to provide quick access to their favourite commands.

Windows 8 Explorer - shortcut improvements

Microsoft revealed in the official Windows 8 blog;

there are over 200 commands in Explorer, customers use a small number of them with any real frequency: the top 10 commands represent 81.8% of total usage. Additionally it shows us that people overwhelmingly use Explorer for core file management tasks – the top 7 commands (72.2% of usage) are all for managing/manipulating files.

You can access the short video demo of these improvements: High quality MP4 | Low quality MP4

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