Windows 8: Ribbon and USB 3.0

Source: Official Windows 8 Blog

The Windows giant, is slowly but surely , unwrapping the treasures of Windows 8. Microsoft’s new operating system is expected to compete with Mac OS X while keeping the simplicity and familiarity Windows users have come to love. Figure 11 - Share tab

While the Software Giant is obliged to provide new details, it is safe to say that no one expected the torrent of words that has spewed forth. Microsoft is writing Windows 8 info in the thousands of words, receiving tons of comments and responses. Let’s get to the revelations though.

The “Ribbonification” of Windows 8 has commenced: while the idea has been in the works for a a long time, opponents of the Ribbon need now to sing its praises. The screenshot below is the epitome of elegance, ease of use, accessibility, and friendliness.

By placing the most commonly used commands and tools, Microsoft hopes to make Windows 8, an intuitive experience where both the power user and the normal folk will be easily able to find the command they need, in a central and reliable location. Plus, the Ribbon is an already familiar UI that Office users and Windows Live users have grown to love…Windows 8 will follow the success by making Windows Explorer completely Ribbonified.

The other gem of Windows 8 is USB 3.0

Windows 8 has been announced to sport USB 3.0, a standard that theoretically is 10X the speed of USB 2.0. In a practical application, this means that copying Gigs of documents or an HD movie is a seconds-experience. Count merely 45 seconds, and your HD movie is good to go. Windows 8 will also enable pausing and resuming of copy tasks- say you have to copy an important resume, but could care less about a game that is taking hours to download…simply pause the game file transfer, and resume the document transfer.

Still, most people know that when you transfer files, you often run into a dialgo box that annoyingly asks you “Which files do you want to keep?”. In Windows 8, the dialog box is prettier to a degree, but far more important, it is a more powerful layout, giving users a better grasp at handling the files.

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Bottom line: Windows 8 promises to make good on the emerging tech of USB 3.0. By supporting this standard, people can now transfer files at lightning speed. As for the Ribbon, I believe this is a smart move on Microsoft’s behalf. The Ribbon, is a proven and effective UI layout that will benefit thousands of customers worldwide.

USB 3.0 in Windows 8

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