Improved File Management basics in Windows 8

Since Microsoft publicly revelaed about the next Operating System two Official videos of Windows 8 were released to show the features of it and now its third in the series. Windows 8 improved file management basics: copy move, rename and delete. Steven Sinofsky posted about the new features of Windows 8 which involves heavy copy jobs, moving files, renaming and deleting as well. Most of the users worldwide uses various 3rd party solutions to do such jobs but first time in Windows history this huge improvement is done which is mind blowing and gives very power enriched experience.

Till Windows 7 we can have only one copy or move or delete operation in a dialog box but now we can have muiltiple basic action jobs at a time in a single dialog which we can pause and resume as per our requirement. See the pic below as it shows 2 jobs running. Now we dont have to rely on the 3rd party apps for our basic needs.

Lets see in pictures what changes Microsoft made in Windows 8 and what is improved in the file management basics. First of all start with the consolidated copy experience. Now can we view the copy jobs executing in one compbined UI and multiple dialogs will be obseleted from Windows 8.

We all know we can pause and resume or stop videos while watching so in the similar way we can easily pause, resume and stop copy operations separately and the dialog is itself an explorer Window as we can open up destination or source folders in between the operation by clicking on them.

A new concept of real-time throughput graph is been added to prioritize and decide as we can see what is going for a particular job so as to have a quick view of speed of data transfer, the transfer rate trend, and how much data in left to transfer.

When you pause some jobs from their operations, speed of data transfer and other factors are effected. Here see how the graph goes up when two jobs are paused.


File name collisions is finely handled and resolved. If we see the Windows 7 way of doing so is very confusing in fact.

In Windows, this feature is called as “conflict resolution”. With a clear, concise and efficient design Windows 8 provides a much more visible and actionable approach to conflict resolution. Source files are on the left column and target files are in right column. So this screen layout let you decide with ease about the critical collision, front and center in one dialog.

Even as already told that its an explorer Windows so you can check out the files by double clicking or just hover to see the path of the file. With less distracting UI and confirmations Windows 8 seems very much promising. Just watch it, features will blow you out and will let you shocked with your mouth open.

Check out the same in the video below:

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Changes so far made to get this improvement are:

  • One place to manage all copy jobs: Create one unified experience for managing and monitoring ongoing copy operations.
  • Clear and concise: Remove distractions and give people the key information they need.
  • User in control: Put people in control of their copy operations.

Soon you will see this in real-time on your own desktop, wait for the beta and stay tuned for more coming soon features.