The Windows 8 details continue: Today on the Building Windows 8 blog, Alex Simons takes us through some changes to the Windows Explorer, chief among them the fact that Explorer will now be using Microsoft's Ribbon interface.

Love it or hate it, more and more Microsoft applications have been picking up the Ribbon interface since it was introduced in Office 2007 - proponents say it organizes features intuitively and exposes previously buried functionality, while detractors say it contradicts years of learning on the part of its users and takes up too much space on screen. If you don't like the Ribbon, I've got more bad news for you: Simons notes, among other things, that users will not be able to switch back to any sort of classic interface.

For a complete list of changes as well as the thinking behind this change, the blog post is very long and very informative as always - just know that it's probably not going to change your mind about the Ribbon if you've already made it up.

Source: Building Windows 8 Blog

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  • Impulses - Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - link

    You can add your own directories to the libraries y'know...
  • MarcLeFou - Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - link

    And you can even change the default location of the documents/music/video folders to another HDD ...
  • B3an - Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - link

    99% of people that complain about things in Windows Vista/7 are always idiots. Nearly all the time, as demonstrated above, the problem can easily be resolved. Infact in most cases it's clearly improved but the user often dont even try and look in to getting around a problem before complaining.
  • Azsen - Monday, August 29, 2011 - link

    The favourites icon is also a waste of time, who still uses Internet Explorer? If you could customise it to look at Firefox or Chrome bookmarks maybe it would be handy, but I think it could be removed altogether.
  • Hector2 - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - link

    If you don't like the ribbon, just right-click on it and minimize it -- it'll stay minimized. Overall, it's a plus anyway. Move on and complain about something worthwhile.

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