The file system is the lifeblood of a modern desktop operating system, so the ability to wield such power should come as easily as possible. For Windows 8, Microsoft took the task of revamping the file management to heart, listening to direct user feedback via the Building Windows 8 Blog to retool the user experience. Chances are, you'll love the new changes ...

In August 2011 the Building Windows 8 Blog detailed all the tweaks and changes that were being made to the Windows 8 file manager. Microsoft took the opportunity to listen to reader feedback and put a considerable number of customer suggestions into practice. According to the Windows 8 Team:
Those posts prompted great discussion and we read the approximately 2200 comments you left. This was wonderful feedback for us, and, along with information from our other feedback channels, we incorporated it into our design process.
So what are the top changes you'll soon be enjoying? In no particular order:
  • Improved file comparison during copy, cut and paste operations. Windows can detect changes in file size, name, time-stamp and more. During copy dialogs, users now can filter out conflicts for duplicate items or compare files with more detail during the file operation.
  • Windows now will copy over as much data as possible and leave conflicts to be resolved when all possible file work is done.
  • File transfers can "jump" to faster connections -- be they Wi-Fi or hardline connections --  when both sides of the copy operation are on a Windows 8 computer.
  • Windows Explorer now pays attention to EXIF data, so photos in landscape mode will show up correctly in icon previews.
  • Folders now can be "pinned" to the Windows 8 Start Screen.
  • "Open Powershell" is now a default option alongside Open Command Line for IT admins and power users.
  • The Windows Explorer Ribbon is now minimized by default and has been streamlined.
  • All Windows Explorer settings can be synchronized across all your Windows 8 systems for a unified experience.
These changes were the ones that Microsoft felt were the most important, and I'm inclined to agree -- I'd like to see some of these tweaks in Mac OS X, especially the file-copy dialog tweaks.

Now, because of the attentiveness the Windows 8 team had to feedback, the very blog detailing these latest changes has become flooded with a swath of new suggestions for Explorer. If the Windows 8 team members are smart, they'll run through another round of comments and see if they can't tighten up the experience even more. It's also refreshing to see such direct responses to direct user and reader feedback. Windows 8 may shape up to be the best version of Windows yet.