October 21, 2014

Windows 8 Development Team Adding Several New Features

The developing team behind Windows 8 continues to reveal more and more about the new system. This past week they showed changes that are being made to the file management system.

It looks like Windows 8 will be much more capable of handling high-volume copy jobs than its predecessor (Windows 7) has been at the same function. The “Building Windows 8” blog shows more detail about this, but a new dialog box that is capable of displaying information and handling multiple copy operations at the same time is highlighted. Copy progress, bandwidth and time-to-completion details are also illustrated in the dialog box.

What is the big deal regarding this new upgrade? If you are a Windows 7 user, then you are more than likely using a third-party system to move big files. Microsoft’s new Windows 8 copy-and-move capabilities aren’t “aiming to match the feature sets of these add-ons,” explained Alex Simons, director of program management on the Windows engineering team, in the blog post.

Copying can be paused by users if they want to prioritize a job, which is highlighted in yellow, but Simons said that Microsoft hasn’t finalized the color scheme yet. Here is an example of what we mean.

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More New Features

There are also a lot more new features that will be made available  when Windows 8 hits the market. One of the more talked about new features is a overwrite warning feature. This feature will compare source and destination files within the same dialog box. Users can then decide if they want to copy and replace, abandon the copying process or opt to insert another versioned copy of the file into a folder. Higher transfer rates will also be made available when Windows 8 does finally hit the marketplace.

When Can I expect Windows 8?

Since Windows 8 is being developed to support USB 3.0 (USB 3.0 will enable data transfers at up to 4.7 Gbps, or basically 10 times the current speed), we probably won’t expect Windows 8 to be made available to the public until mid 2012 or early 2013.

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