Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 3rd Apr 2011 11:06 UTC, submitted by Debjit
Windows Yes, the Windows 8 rumour mill is really spinning up now. This time around though, they're not really rumours, since the information is coming from Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott, long-time Microsoft enthusiasts with loads of insider access. They've got a bunch of screenshots showing a work in progress of... A ribbon in Explorer. And yes, it looks just as bad as it sounds.
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by Icaria on Mon 4th Apr 2011 07:00 UTC
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I'd just be happy for Explorer to remember my bloody folder views and stop being a smartarse, randomly switching to thumbnails in folders that happen to contain a lot of images, etc. Fixing it's renderer and improving it's single-click behaviour would be a close second.

The ribbon is an over-engineered mess. It's good that MS are trying, at least a little, to make the Windows experience more consistent but standardising on something that doesn't work well to begin with is pointless. I notice also from the leaked screenshots that they've stuck crap in the titlebar and statusbar, as well. This is the same crap they pulled with Word 2007 and half the default Win 7 apps: so they can slyly get out of being accused of taking up more screen space, they muddle the widget hierarchy and move toolbar/menuitem widgets to the titlebar and statusbar.

I'd switch to a 3rd party explorer replacement but they're uniformly terrible, being even more overwrought, or being buggier than Explorer, still.

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