The default Windows file management tool Windows Explorer is in dire need of an overhaul. This includes - in my humble opinion - the interface but also the capabilities of the software. Microsoft recently made the announcement that the company will improve the file management capabilities of Windows Explorer in the upcoming Windows 8 operating system.
The changes address issues that Microsoft has identified after analyzing usage statistics of hundreds of millions of Windows users. Findings include that 20% of all copy jobs take longer than 2 minutes to complete, and that 5.61% of all copy jobs fail.
Microsoft based on statistics and usability studies decided to improve the copy experience in the following ways:
Copy jobs now run in one window, instead of multiple ones. If you currently start multiple copy jobs in Windows, you will notice that each displays the copy process and information in its own copying window. In Windows 8, users will see all of their jobs in one window.
Experienced users may have already noticed the pause icon next to each copy job in the above screenshot. It is now possible to pause specific jobs, for instance to speed up an important copy job.
A click on More Details is now revealing detailed information about each copy job, including realtime throughput data of each job.
Microsoft is also addressing the conflict window that is for instance displayed when a file already exists in the destination folder. The current conflict resolution dialog is confusing and not clear at all.
The new conflict resolution dialog displays less information on the screen, but enough to allow the user to make a decision right on the screen.
While I'm not entirely sure how the dialog will look like if there are dozens or even hundreds of conflicts, I can see its use for a small number of conflicts.
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