Microsoft has show-cased a host of new features which we as end users can expect to see in Windows 8. Windows 8 will support USB 3.0, offer a consolidated and improved copy experience, allow you manage file name collisions easily and more.
Windows 8 new features:
1) First and foremost, Windows 8 will support USB 3.0. And will that mean for mean?
Well, USB’s (Universal Serial Bus) is one of the most popular connection standard used between devices and a host controller, and include flash drives, mice, keyboard, mobile phone connectors, bluetooth head sets, GPS devices, etc. The biggest difference between USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 is the speed at which the latter can communicate. Theoretically, USB 3.0 can have maximum transfer speed of 4.8 Gbps, that is almost 10X faster than USB 2.0. USB 3.0 devices and they also allow simultaneous reading and writing between two connected devices. Download and view this video from Microsoft to learn more about this.
Must say this is very welcome news!
2) Windows 8 will also offer a concise, cleaned-up copy experience, which will be especially useful for high-volume copy jobs.
In Windows 8, Microsoft is offering these 3 main improvements to the copy experience:
- One place to manage all copy jobs: Create one unified experience for managing and monitoring ongoing copy operations.
- Clear and concise: Remove distractions and give people the key information they need.
- User in control: Put people in control of their copy operations.
Having consolidated the copy experience, you will now be able to review and control all the Explorer copy jobs currently executing in one combined windows.
3) The ability to pause, resume, and stop each copy operation in process, has also been added.
4) You will also be able to see the speed of data transfer, the transfer rate trend, and how much data in left to transfer, for each copy job.
5) Windows 8 will also allow you manage file name collisions more easily and smartly. The new design is much more clear, concise, and efficient, providing a much more visible and actionable approach to conflict resolution. All the files from the source are on the left. All the files in the target location with file name collisions are on the right. The screen layout is easy to understand and shows you the critical information for all the collisions, front and center in one dialog.
If you need to know even more about the conflicting files, you can hover over the thumbnail image to see the file path or double-click it to open it from here. Download this video from Microsoft to learn more about these Copy feature.
6) Several dialog boxes have also been removed. Like, Are you sure you want to move this file to the recycle bin? or Are you sure you want to merge these folders, as these are actually quite redundant.
7) Will Windows 8 have a new start button? In one place this start button was visible.
8 ) If you look at explorer.exe closely, you will also see a new Up button appearing next to the explorer navigations buttons and address bar. In the earlier above images, you will also be able to see new windows titles which are appearing in the center of the windows along with an icon on the left side.
Stay tuned for more on Windows 8!