The Windows 11 File Explorer is getting an overhaul in the coming months. Microsoft quietly began teasing the new design.
We’ve known for several months that the Windows 11 File Explorer will finally abandon its inherited design from older versions of Windows for something more modern. Those plans are now coming to fruition with a small announcement from Microsoft.
Indeed, the company presented its work on using WinAppSDK with the file explorer during an online video. In other words, using the new developer tools in Windows 11 to create a modern file explorer that better integrates system features.
If the look of the file explorer doesn’t seem to change radically, we might notice a few more changes.
For example, we see that the details pane related to “This PC” now provides actions and information about recent activity.
By using more and more proprietary modern development tools for Windows, Microsoft is also forcing itself to improve their performance. For a long time, applications that offered a modern interface with Windows 8 or Windows 10 suffered from bugs or performance issues compared to their equivalents that used very classic and proven libraries.
One of Microsoft’s goals with Windows 11 is to harmonize the user experience. This kind of change should go a long way. It’s time for Windows to erase the traces of system versions spanning decades.
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