The trickle of Windows 8 news continues ahead of next month's BUILD conference: today on the Building Windows 8 Blog, Microsoft's Alex Simons detailed several improvements to the way file copy operations will work in the new OS. These improvements aim to make copying simpler for users, while also giving them more control over copy operations.

In Windows 7, triggering multiple file copy operations will cause several status windows to pop up, and these can be difficult to keep track of once you've got more than two or three going at once. Windows 8 puts all file copy operations into a single window - this is visually similar to the way that OS X handles file copying, but the new Windows copy dialog also gives you the option to pause copy operations that are in progress.

Expanding the new file copy dialog will also display detailed information, including estimated time remaining, the number and size of files remaining, and the current transfer speed, along with a graph. Aside from the graph, none of this is information that isn't available in the current file copy dialog, but it's nice to have everything gathered together in one place.


Lastly, the new file copy dialog gives you more information when two files conflict, in an attempt to make file conflicts less confusing.


Those are the highlights, but you can always read the post on the Building Windows 8 blog if you want to get into the details. Our next major look at Windows 8 will likely be at Microsoft's BUILD conference, which runs from September 13-16, but until then you can keep an eye on the blog and on our news feed for more information about new features.

Source: Building Windows 8 Blog

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  • GTVic - Thursday, August 25, 2011 - link

    And I want WYSIWYG in DOS while they're working on that.
  • B3an - Thursday, August 25, 2011 - link

    Complaining about a single window that most users wont ever see, when OSX has only just got the ability to make windows/apps full screen??

    Even now in 2011 that still dont even work properly! You can only have one window full screen, and if you have multiples monitors you cant even make anything full screen on any monitor but the first.

    BTW hows that blu ray and USB3 support coming along?
  • Belegost - Thursday, August 25, 2011 - link

    Or maybe the ability to change the DPI without breaking the entire UI.

    Or perhaps the ability to change the size of system fonts for menus without text running off the sides and overlapping.

    Windows has it's problems with UI customizability, but I will take a hard to resize cmd window over the problems with trying to get OSX working with less than perfect vision.
  • Pirks - Thursday, August 25, 2011 - link

    fuck your stupid Sony BR shit, suck Sony dick yourself and I don't care about USB3 either (why would I, it's mostly useless now and this new intel lightpeak tech will suffocate it anyway, so why bother), I want UI done by smart humans, not by idiots, is that too much to ask you say?
  • mesome - Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - link

    I'll take that bet! I bet you $50 I can resize the command prompt width in Windows 8 when it comes out.
  • Pirks - Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - link

    I accept your bet. Ping me here on the DT forums when the Windows 8 is out. Deal?
  • Dark Legion - Thursday, August 25, 2011 - link

    Wait, have you accepted it can be done or not? Come on, just because it's not minimalist (still doesn't take more than a few mouse clicks) doesn't mean it's not proper. But then again trolls keep trolling.
  • Pirks - Thursday, August 25, 2011 - link

    I accepted it can be done but not by MS :)))
  • JoeTF - Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - link

    Actually, it is resizable, as others have mentioned.

    However, main reason why it's so hard... it's unix fault. Cmd.exe is application and thanks to our dear linux failures, we're still locked to 80x40 cml tools, because OMG SOMEONE MIGHT WANT TO USE THEM WITH HARDWARE TERMINAL FROM 50ties AND WE HAVE TO PROVIDE COMPATIBILITY!!!!one!!!!!eleven
  • Pirks - Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - link


    the irony is...




    Everyone does it now, everyone but lousy MS coders


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