Microsoft wants to revamp File Explorer

Microsoft would work on several functional and ergonomic improvements in order to modernize its file explorer also called File Explorer.

For too long, File Explorer and the Windows Desktop were very intrinsically, too intrinsically, tied to the lower layers of Windows. Microsoft has thus spent more than fifteen years unraveling the layers of Windows and has untied the file explorer (like the desktop) to make it a true stand-alone application that can evolve independently of Windows or even be removed from the system. .

Much of this work was completed with Windows 10 and finalized with Windows 11.

That’s why Windows 11 came with a more revamped File Explorer than it’s had since Windows 2000: new icons, new context menu, multiple tabs, and more.

From now on, Microsoft wants to go further in the modernization of one of the most essential components but also the oldest of the system.

It is also an old Arlesian at the publisher who, over the years, explored many avenues without retaining a single one with in particular the file explorer full of metadata from Longhorn or even 3D file manager prototypes to navigate through the documents.

Nothing so spectacular and divisive, however, seems to be under study. Microsoft simply wants to enrich the existing base as it has done since the early days of Windows, in particular by adding features around document sharing and collaboration.

So Microsoft is experimenting with a kind of home page with your most recent and most used files along with recommendations. The editor also explores other avenues such as “Conversations”, “Insights” and “Activities”. Activities track access and changes to files and folders. Conversations appear to show emails and messages that have used or referenced a given file or folder.

In general, Microsoft seems to want to incorporate into the heart of Windows Explorer information hitherto reserved for OneDrive or Sharepoint online services. But other more cosmetic or visual improvements should also see the light of day by the release of Windows 12.

Moreover, Microsoft also seems to want to enrich Spotlight with this new feature, which notably makes it possible to display Bing images in the background of the desktop. Microsoft may make the desktop background more interactive in the future.

ReFS on Windows 11?

About ten years ago, Microsoft introduced a new ReFS file system given as more resilient and more efficient than NTFS while offering superior storage capacities.
ReFS is only officially available on Windows Server. Even though the system has limited support under Windows 10 Enterprise.
However, based on the latest “Dev” versions of Windows Insider, Microsoft would be about to formalize real support for ReFS under Windows 11.
To be continued…

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