One element in Windows 8 that remains untouched and still hasn’t received the much talked about Metro touch UI is the Windows Explorer. Many third-party developers have got into the act of creating programs that can be used as an alternative to Windows 8 Explorer, and that adopt the same look as the Windows 8 Metro Start Screen. Some have succeeded too!
Windows 8 explorer alternative
The latest to show up is Immersive Explorer, a program whose interface in many ways represents Metro style interface of Windows 8 applications. The program is compatible with Windows 7 too.
The program is simple and does not require you to use any administrative privileges for running it. The interface of Windows 8 explorer alternative has been mainly optimized for touch-based gestures but it is capable of supporting all the keyboard and mouse functions as well.
When you start Immersive Explorer, it will run in full-screen mode and display its Metro-styled interface. At present, it supports picture viewing, MD5 and SHA1 hash calculation plus, some other basic functions such as:
- Viewing properties
- Creating new folders
- Viewing images using built-in photo application
The future version of the program is expected to feature:
- Audio and Video playback support
- Sorting options
- Advanced view filters
- File system operations and more.
What scores a plus point for Immersive Explorer is its image viewing application. It avoids a user from having to open different applications and navigate between multiple windows. For example, when you want to view an image, instead of opening Windows Photo Viewer in a new window, the image is displayed directly in the Immersive Explorer window.
System Requirements for Immersive Explorer:
- Windows 7 or Windows 8
- A Core 2 Duo processor or better
- At least 1 GB of ram
- .NET Framework 4 (present by default in Windows 8, but not on Windows 7)
On final note, Immersive Explorer comes up with goods where Windows 8 fail to offer Metro style, i.e. Windows Explorer.
Immersive Explorer download
The application, developed by a Neowin member, is still under development therefore may contain some bugs but, if you love introducing changes to your daily experience download this program from here.