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Microsoft Builds in Improved File Management into Windows 8


As many people who have been using Windows in the past have known, copying files in Windows hasn?t generally been a problem. It?s generally reliable and it works most of the time. The real problem lies in the speeds of these transfers and the fact that Windows has since forever been terrible at estimating the time of transfer. Furthermore, when you?re transferring multiple files you have no way of monitoring them all in one window, but rather have all of them run in separate windows. An added problem is that Windows has also made it nearly impossible to prioritize certain file transfers over others depending on which one is more important to you and you need done faster.

Microsoft has listened to the years and years of complaints and finally implemented changes to the way that Windows manages file transfers. Be they music, movies, pictures or regular documents. The truth of the matter is, it worked but it was hobbled and needed more functionality. So, late last night after we published the announcement that Microsoft was significantly improving Windows USB 3.0 performance we saw another gem from Microsoft?s ?Building Windows 8? series on MSDN. This new blog details the ways that Microsoft is improving the file management basics inside of Windows, more specifically Windows 8.

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The first changes will come in the form of improving the way that multiple file transfers are managed. Now, you can actually manage multiple file transfers inside of one single window and be able to pause certain transfers in favor of speeding up other ones. In addition to that, you can now monitor the exact speed, time remaining, completion rate and size remaining. Those options are available when you hit ?more details? below active file transfers.

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Next, Microsoft is also changing the way that Windows 8 manages files that are the same name (name conflicts). In Windows 7 you were generally left with 3 options. You could copy and replace, not copy, or copy but keep both files.

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In windows 8 your options are modified to be much more specific but at the same time allow you to manage more files much more quickly. This is done by separating out the files into thumbnails and organizing them based by file location, date, and size. Note, that for each pair there are two parameters that are designed to catch your attention and are bolded if they are the bigger or newer file. In some cases the file sizes are the same but the dates are different or vice versa. Needless to say, this is going to be a welcome addition for many people that store their photos and videos on a windows computer. We?re interested to see, though, how Windows 8 will treat videos, etc.

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Check out this page if you?d like to see an HD video of it in action.

We?re glad to see that Microsoft is opening up little by little about Windows 8 almost a year before it comes out. They are giving people a good explanation about why they should switch and what kinds of improvements they can expect from Windows 8 before it even comes out. This will likely help Microsoft sell out Windows 8 at a similar rate that they had sold Windows 7, albeit most of the growth in Windows adoption will likely be in the tablet arena.