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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Small Summary of Some Changes to expect for Windows 8

Well, after preparing for college and being without in internet connection in my dorm room for a few days, I am finally back in school (and on the blog too). Anyway, It's been a while since I last put out an article about Microsoft's upcoming operating system, Windows 8, so I figured I would give you a quick summary of some of the new developments.

The first one is the integration of virtual storage into Windows 8. This means that you can now mount an iso file as a cd or dvd drive or use a virtual hard disk for storage in explorer without any addon software. This can be especially helpful if you use console emulators or have converted some of your data cds/dvds to iso files.

The second change I will mention is all cut, copy, and paste operations are now all shown in one place. Before this, you could have a bunch of explorer windows each showing just 1 copy or paste operation. Now, you just have one window that shows it all.

USB 3.0 support is high priority and you shouldn't have any problems with it in Windows 8. Drivers have been integrated into Windows 8.

The last change I will mention is a change to the graphical user interface of an explorer window. Does everyone remember the ribbon interface that Microsoft used in Office 2007 (and maybe Office 2010 as well)? Well, it is now the default graphical user interface used for the file explorer. See the picture below for a look at this.

Well, this is all for now. Stay tuned for some more changes coming to Windows 8. (photos taken from Microsoft Windows 8 blog)

Do you like Microsoft's refinements for Windows 8? Do you disagree with any of the changes made for Windows 8? Please let your thoughts be known via the comment box below or e-mail them to me at, and I will try to address them at the end of my next article. You can also follow me on Twitter (username is @rctechgeek).

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