A Preview of Windows 8 Explorer: Ribbon interface and ISO Support

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With all the uproar about the recently released OS X Lion, let us not forget about the ongoing development of Windows 8, which promises to be more powerful while remaining user-friendly at the same time.

One of the main improvements will be ascribed to the legendary Explorer, which will now boast a ribbon interface – one that you might be familiar with if you have been using Microsoft Office 2007 or later. Yes, it did take some getting used to, but it does offer a far more intuitive and visual way to navigate and manage files. There will be five main tabs (File, Home, Share, View, Manage) to access the most commonly used commands.

The ribbon Explorer will also feature the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT), which provides the ability to customize up to 200 commands. These are then neatly laid out into icons, which you can place above/below the ribbon. The new Explorer will also be optimized for widescreen displays, with a noted increase in the number of items that can be shown.

But wait, that’s not all. The new Explorer will apparently now have ISO support, without the need of any third-party software. So for all you torrent freaks, you can bid sayōnara to Daemon Tools and PowerISO.

If you want to read the complete and in-depth article or simply want to get a personal perspective behind the Windows 8 team, vist the Building Windows 8 blog.