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#1 Mr. Dee

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 04:31

I came across the following picture taken from Steven Sinofsky's Windows 8 on ARM demo. It seems Microsoft is making some changes to the Explorer shell. If anyone attended the presentation, could you provide details of what those controls are at the bottom of the Explorer window? The look like tabs to me, along with some additional window controls.

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I also notice that it has a unified Search/Address bar like IE 9.


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Posted 08 January 2011 - 04:39

It says hotlinking banned instead of showing the image. But I found the image and have reuploaded it to a site without fascist hotlinking rules:
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#3 zhangm

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 04:47

No search bar (probably integrated a la IE9) and no clock either.

#4 myownfriend

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 04:57

The bottom right kinda looks like it could be an implementation of virtual desktops... or aero snap buttons but that seems so unnecessary.

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 05:02

Please be tabs

#6 OP Mr. Dee

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 05:11

The bottom right kinda looks like it could be an implementation of virtual desktops... or aero snap buttons but that seems so unnecessary.

I was thinking the same thing, but why in Windows Explorer? Looks like window controls to me that will control on the fly views of Windows Explorer.

#7 myownfriend

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 05:42

But there's already a drop down for that.

#8 OP Mr. Dee

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 05:53

True, remember, its still in development, so they might make the 'Show Preview Pane Menu' obsolete. I suspect they will work more like those in Windows Live Photo Gallery, see the attached screenshot.

Remember that Stephen Sinofsky is also president of Windows Live and Windows 7 was the first to include Scenic Ribbon apps, which Windows Live Essentials later incorporated. So, it seems like some of that design work is going back into the Windows User Experience.

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#9 Solid Knight

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 05:56

The "tabs" look like folder details to me.

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 06:02

The bottom right kinda looks like it could be an implementation of virtual desktops... or aero snap buttons but that seems so unnecessary.


It looks like preview pane options to me

#11 myownfriend

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 06:06

True, remember, its still in development, so they might make the 'Show Preview Pane Menu' obsolete. I suspect they will work more like those in Windows Live Photo Gallery, see the attached screenshot.

Remember that Stephen Sinofsky is also president of Windows Live and Windows 7 was the first to include Scenic Ribbon apps, which Windows Live Essentials later incorporated. So, it seems like some of that design work is going back into the Windows User Experience.


Very good point. You may be right. I guess that would free up the top bar to more options. I wonder if they'll keep the details pane on the bottom then.

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 06:42

It looks like preview pane options to me


As it does to me given that it's the same icon as the layout/preview pane icon.

#13 myownfriend

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 08:09

Is it just me or is there something between the back/forward buttons and the address bar?

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 08:42

Hmmm, tabs in Explorer could be very useful. Interesting!

#15 OP Mr. Dee

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 11:54

Its also possible they might be moving Bread Crumb menus there and leave the address bar only for searching.