Usability studies confirm what most of us know—there are some pretty cluttered and confusing parts of the Windows 7 copy experience. This is particularly true when people need to deal with files and folders that have the same file names, in what we call file name collisions.
In Windows 8, Microsoft has three main goals for improvements to the copy experience:
- 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.
You can now review and control all the Explorer copy jobs currently executing in one combined UI. Windows 8 presents all pending copy jobs in this single dialog, saving you from having to navigate through multiple floating dialogs looking for the one you need. They have added the ability to pause, resume, and stop each copy operation currently underway. This gives you control over which copy jobs will complete first.
They have also added a detailed view with a real-time throughput graph.
Another major set of improvements simplify and clean up the experience for resolving file name collisions, which we also refer to as “conflict resolution.” People don’t know which files are which, and they find it challenging to find the information they need to make a decision.The new design is much more clear, concise, and efficient, providing a much more visible and actionable approach to conflict resolution. All the files from the source are on the left. All the files in the target location with file name collisions are on the right. The screen layout is easy to understand and shows you the critical information for all the collisions, front and center in one dialog.
Check out the Video below to see all features in action: