We all knew this was coming right ? The famous office ribbon UI was first introduced in Office 2007, then made its way to default applications in Windows 7 like Paint and WordPad. Naturally in the next version of Windows, Microsoft is extending the reach of the ribbon even further.
Windows Explorer in Windows 8 will feature the ribbon UI. This provides context-sensitive controls, placing buttons for the most commonly performed tasks at your fingertips. The ribbon UI can be quite controversial for some, however after soldiering on through the change, most users come out the other side, actually agreeing its a better experience than traditional drop down menus.
So what are your thoughts on the ribbon UI in Windows Explorer ? Will it make day-to-day file operations faster ? If your a keyboard shortcut fan, then it’s likely impact will be minimal. For a novice user, the ribbon UI is likely to be easy to understand. The screen shot above, released by Microsoft, does look a little busy.
More information and a history of Windows Explorer @ Building Windows 8