Microsoft Reveals New File Management Features in Windows 8

Paul Lilly

Windows 7 does a lot of things well. File management isn't one of them. That's too bad, because according to Microsoft, copying, moving, renaming, and deleting files represent half of the total command usage for the average Windows user. Microsoft refers to these commands as "copy jobs," and of those copy jobs, 50 percent take less than 10 seconds to complete, and a full 20 percent take longer than 2 minutes. In Windows 8, the Redmond software giant is putting a heavy focus on improving file management.

In a blog post this week, Microsoft outlined three ways in which Windows 8 will handle file management better than previous versions of Windows. The first is a consolidated UI. Multiple copy jobs will appear in the same dialog, saving you from having to juggle multiple dialogs when transferring two or more files.

Secondly, you'll be able to pause, resume, and stop each copy job from within the dialog, as well as click on the source or destination folders while the transfer is still taking place. We have three words: It's about time!

Finally, Windows 8 will include a real-time throughput graph. Microsoft says it isn't designed for benchmarking, however it will give you a detailed view of what's going on, such as the speed of data transfer, the transfer rate trend, and how much data is left.

As for the accuracy of the estimated time remaining for a copy job to complete, well, it's still going to suck.

"Estimating the time remaining to complete a copy is nearly impossible to do with any precision because there are many unpredictable and uncontrollable variables involved... Rather than invest a lot of time coming up with a low confidence estimate that would be only slightly improved over the current one, we focused on presenting the information we were confident about in a useful and compelling way. This makes the most reliable information we have available to you so you can make more informed decisions," Microsoft explains.

You can read more about these and other changes here .

Image Credit: Microsoft

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