Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th May 2013 21:14 UTC
Windows Microsoft has detailed Windows 8.1 - not a whole lot of information we didn't yet know from leaked builds, but this bit makes me happy: "The updated PC Settings in Windows 8.1 gives you access to all your settings on your device without having to go to the Control Panel on the desktop. You can do things like change your display resolution, set your power options, see the make and model of your PC, change the product key, let you run Windows Update, and even join a domain - all from PC Settings." Available as a preview late June, but no word on whether said preview release will be available for Windows RT as well.
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RE[2]: comment
by Fergy on Fri 31st May 2013 10:41 UTC in reply to "RE: comment"
Fergy
Member since:
2006-04-10

Metro apps can already access the whole filesystem.

He means an Explorer like program in Metro.

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RE[3]: comment
by Nelson on Fri 31st May 2013 10:47 in reply to "RE[2]: comment"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

A local file explorer is coming in 8.1. Not that I've actually missed having one. I care about pictures, videos, and music. Not files and folders.

I think this underscores a cultural mismatch between many here and the average PC user. Some people find value in tinkering and having many knobs. Others pay money to have those knobs turned for them.

A file system is way more implementation detail than any consumer should reasonably have to know.

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RE[4]: comment
by oskeladden on Fri 31st May 2013 17:49 in reply to "RE[3]: comment"
oskeladden Member since:
2009-08-05

A file system is way more implementation detail than any consumer should reasonably have to know.


But as things currently stand, it's unavoidable, no? Is there a way of attaching different file types to an email without access to the file system (for instance, an .rtf and a PNG), to pick just one example? I found the inability to do this in iOS particularly annoying, and doesn't even Metro have a file picker for precisely that reason?

Edited 2013-05-31 17:50 UTC

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RE[4]: comment
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 31st May 2013 20:42 in reply to "RE[3]: comment"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I cannot disagree more. The file system is my organization of my content.

This collection of disparate text documents, shell scripts, Programs, mp3s has a specific purpose completely separate from this grouping over here. The file system is an ( mostly) os independent meta data system. By not having that available in an app, they're ignoring my intentions. Not good.

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