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How do you feel about the Ribbon UI?

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This! They already have the Microsoft Management Console as the base for everything. Now just to slap everything together in a cohesive way and make management easier.

 

There really is no need for a separate Device Manager, Disk Management, and GUIs when the same things are accessible through the Computer Management GUI which itself is an extension to the MMC. Even the Hyper-V management GUI is again an extension to the MMC. Surely these things can be unified in a good way into a single GUI?

 

EDIT: Another step that should be taken in the future, unify the exposed configurations in the old Control Panel and the new one. Everything that is accessible in the first should be accessible in the second, and vice versa. While they're at it, they should fix the old Control Panel to have a consistent feature exposure, as some things are not available in all view modes.

Those are great ideas, particularly the one about making the Control Panel and PC Settings consistent.

 

Maybe I'll have to try a new mockup. :)

Please do!

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For Windows 8 themers, the Ribbon is a pain because you cannot change it's appearance without modding the system dlls. So for me, I always end up disabling it with ONE (OldNewExplorer). To be honest, I don't see the real benefits of Ribbon in Explorer, but in productivity apps (Office, SolidWorks, etc.), I find it more practical than the old menu.

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To be honest, I don't see the real benefits of Ribbon in Explorer, but in productivity apps (Office, SolidWorks, etc.)

 

It exposes more features to the non-power users. That's why they included the ability to minimise it for people that already know what Explorer is capable of.

 

I disagree with the idea for it to be minimised by default, though. It should be visible by default, I am pretty sure most power users are capable of hiding it, though I can't say the opposite.

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