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[4]: comment
by oskeladden on Fri 31st May 2013 17:49 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: comment"
oskeladden
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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[5]: comment
by Nelson on Fri 31st May 2013 17:59 in reply to "RE[4]: comment"
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2005-11-29


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?


You can have a "Documents" folder with sub-folders, and optionally even sync them across devices via SkyDrive. With 8.1, there will also be local folder syncing.

So this way you could have all of your information roamed to all your devices.

Generally there's a Music, Photos, Videos, Downloads, and Documents library which should cover a lot of scenarios.

Most apps don't really save to these areas unless they fall into the aforementioned categories, and usually persist to their own isolated storage (local or roamed over the cloud) so you hardly store things outside of app containers.

For my own applications, app settings are persisted by the app across SkyDrive. Stuff like serialized data (for caching) is stored in isolated storage as well (but not roamed)

So in general:
Personal media like Photos, Documents, Videos, and Downloaded Files can be stored in special folders which are optionally auto synced to the cloud

For everything else, the developer stores app specific settings and files.

This solves a wide variety of scenarios, without exposing the complete file system to the end user and without them having to manage complex hierarchies of data, or go fishing for their stuff across the disk.

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