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[3]: Comment by Luminair
by Odwalla on Tue 30th Aug 2011 12:17 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Luminair"
Odwalla
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2006-02-01

I don't get the faux-entitled attitude of people like you. I really don't. Microsoft gathered data and interpreted it. Based on that they are addressing the poor usage of the command bar by replacing it with something that includes the most used Explorer commands. They are not removing the existing functionality of the right-click menu. They are not reducing the amount of information you can see in an Explorer window. They are enhancing the product in a single, targeted manner. They are actually being fairly open in announcing the change before the product ships. They could have just changed it and shipped without discussing it. This way is better, by far.

The next "experiment" you feel they should run and send you the results on is this....the sales of the product. It's only after Win 8 hits retail will Microsoft be able to truly tell if people like the changes or not. I'm sure there is limited focus group testing and there will be data gathered during the betas, but the sales #s of the product will be the ultimate gauge on whether or not Microsoft's work had merit.

If you absolutely don't want the new Explorer don't buy Win 8. If you want Win 8 but with an Explorer more like Win 7's then buy Win 8 but turn off or minimize the Ribbon and don't use it. If you want the ability to choose whether to use the Ribbon, context menu or keyboard shortcuts for Explorer commands then buy Win 8.

Microsoft has, in one blog post, given you all of the information you need to make one of the choices I listed above. Why you feel you are entitled to any more information then that is confusing to me.

Edited 2011-08-30 12:19 UTC

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RE[4]: Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Tue 30th Aug 2011 16:34 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Luminair"
Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

I'm basically just saying Microsoft is doing bad science here. Please get this

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RE[5]: Comment by Luminair
by Odwalla on Tue 30th Aug 2011 16:49 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Luminair"
Odwalla Member since:
2006-02-01

Microsoft isn't doing science. They are creating a retail product. They are not following the scientific method. They don't have a control group and a test group. They don't have double-blind test cases. They gathered data on usage patterns of their current product and are attempting to improve their next product based on trends found within that data.

If your entire line of reasoning is predicated on you expecting Microsoft to be doing hard science on something like how random users interact with Windows Explorer then every single word you have written is worthless.

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