The Windows Explorer in Windows 8 will adopt a Ribbon interface.
The first leaks made around the new browser have proved correct. The Ribbon interface which first appeared in Office 2007, and more widely deployed in the Windows Live Essentials 2011 applications and Windows 7 (Paint, WordPad), is to become even more standard in Windows 8.
For the future Windows operating system, the Ribbon will be applied to Windows Explorer, the user’s corner stone for file management. This won’t necessarily please all Windows users, especially since there was some reluctance when the Ribbon first appeared.
This can be explained by a post published on the Building Windows 8 blog. Alex Simons - Director of Program Management at Microsoft - has provided some statistics collected from hundreds of millions of Windows users.
While Windows Explorer has more than 200 commands, users essentially focus on ten of these. Paste, display properties, copy, delete, rename and refresh represent 81.8% of all Windows Explorer commands.
With the Ribbon interface, the aim is to enforce the most widely used commands, with useful commands appearing depending on specific groups. These will be arranged in numerous tabs, with the Home tab grouping 84% of the actions most frequently called upon by users in Explorer. A new possibility of directly copying the location of a file will also be integrated.
We also find the Share tab (sharing files via email, with a workgroup or domain, zip, burn, print…) and even display the customisation options to view details about images etc. Other specific tabs appear depending on their context, for example a Search tab which is available when you open a folder or Disk. The keyboard shortcuts are also omnipresent (for each item).
For advanced users (power users), a new quick launch bar in Explorer will provide additional customisation possibilities. In the File menu it will be possible to run various commands, including directly with Administrator rights.
Alex Simons has also pointed out that the navigating in numerous parents folders will be back. He has provided a quick presentation in the video below: