Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Aug 2011 22:27 UTC
Windows Ah yes, Windows Explorer. One of the oldest parts of Windows, and yet, it's far from perfect. It's hated less than, say, the Finder (but that's no achievement), but most geeks I know aren't particularly fond of it either. For Windows 8, Microsoft is going to make the biggest change ever to Explorer's interface: it's getting the ribbon treatment.
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RE: Comment by Luminair
by Odwalla on Tue 30th Aug 2011 00:41 UTC in reply to "Comment by Luminair"
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Nice strawman. You need to also cite the part(s) of the blog post where the author explains that the most used commands, as found by the study, don't currently exist on the command bar or menu bar. So, yes, one way to interpret the data is that the majority of users use the context menu. Another way to interpret the data is that the commands people use are only located in that menu. In that case moving those commands to a more noticeable area would provide benefit. Right-click menus are notoriously obscure elements for people to understand or find, especially novice users. Moving those commands front and center makes a lot of sense in that context.

As for the cries of "power users get the shaft" and "they're wasting screen real estate", blah blah blah. As with all Microsoft Ribbons this one can be minimized. Also, if you read the entire blog post you'll see that, all other things being equal, the Windows 8 Explorer actually allows for two more lines of data in list/detail view relative to Explorer in Win 7.

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