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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RE[2]: Explorer UI - nah.. pilots would be fine
by jabbotts on Sun 3rd Apr 2011 16:26 UTC in reply to "RE: Explorer UI"
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The new pilots controls on a boeing will look far less convoluted to commercial rated pilot.

Now.. fitting a Boeing cockpit into a Ford Focus then selling it to average drivers.. that's probably how it feels for many people. "I need pedals for break and gas, a steering column and turning indicators.. what the heck are these thousand other buttons, dials and checklists for? And, why can't I find where they've hidden those four basic features I actually need?"

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ephracis Member since:

Spot on!

That's the whole charm of designing user interfaces: finding the balance. The ribbon interface has its place, but there's also places where it should not be. I think that Windows Explorer is one of the latter.

Putting the ribbon interface into Explorer is a solution in search of a problem.

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Moredhas Member since:

The ribbon clearly has no place in simpler applications. It's about contextually displaying relevant features so you can declutter the interface of stuff that isn't relevant to the task at hand. How often is something Explorer can do not relevant to basic file management? I can appreciate if they'd have contextual controls for when you select a video, or a picture, or a document, but that's about as far as it needs to go.

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