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Windows 8 to keep ribbon, other UI changes

updated 04:30 am EST, Tue January 31, 2012

Windows 8 to expand presence of ribbon UI

Ilana Smith, a lead program manager on the Windows Engineering System team has authored a new post outlining some of the recent developments with Windows 8. The most notable piece of news coming out of Redmond is that after receiving a 'voluminous response' on the controversial addition of the ribbon UI to Explorer, Microsoft has decided to pursue its implementation in the final release of Windows 8. The ribbon UI first made its appearance in Microsoft's Office suite of applications, and was also considered a controversial update on the more traditional file menu system.

According to Smith, while some users were quite vocal in their opposition to the ribbon UI being more widely deployed in the Windows experience, a significant majority of users gave the new UI element positive feedback saying that it enhanced their daily workflow. However, Smith was also quick to point out that the ribbon will be minimized by default and that users can choose to access the functionality if they choose. Further, Smith alluded to third-party interface tweaking extensions that can customize the way Windows functions beyond the options Microsoft deploys. Microsoft also produced some graphs, embedded below, highlighting the users responses to the interface and the general use of its functionality.

Microsoft also outlined some less obvious changes in the way Windows 8 functions including the way the OS identifies duplicate files during conflict resolution, the way copy works including the way confirmations and interruptions are handled, navigation pane scrolling, the way picture orientation metadata is handled, the pin to Start function, and the PowerShell.

Windows 8 ribbon maximized

Windows 8 ribbon now minimised by default

by MacNN Staff



  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The MS Ribbon SUCKS!

    even more so now that most monitor makers have decided even the pros want wide aspect ratio monitors. Open the very thick horizontal ribbon bar, and you effectively loose a precious amount of vertical space; thus having to keep on scrolling up and down FOREVER...

  1. BigMac2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bad UI design

    Microsoft got no expertise in UI design and they constantly change it without any benefit, look at Office 2007 and 2010 those are ugly UI nightmare. I wonder why nobody at Microsoft as figured yet since we mostly got widescreen ratio monitor, they should minimize vertical usage stop stacking rows of ugly tools bars. I much prefer the Apple way of having only one menu bar shared by all parent windows,

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