Windows 8 will usher in a new version of Windows Explorer that is polished up with the Ribbon interface, which is something users tend to either love or hate. If you’re wondering how the new Windows Explorer will feel you can get a great glimpse using the free Better Explorer app for Windows 7. As you can see in the screenshot above the interface is pretty close to what we will see in Windows 8.
There are a few things that I really like about Better Explorer. The focus of the app is obviously the Ribbon interface, which most power users complain about since it uses so much valuable space. I actually like it since it is collapsible, and clicking on the Home/View panels while the Ribbon is collapsed will result in it being temporarily overlaid on the screen while you select the option you find the option you need. The big benefit to the Ribbon is that you get fast access to options normally buried deep in the settings, such as showing file extensions or displaying hidden files.
Better Explorer also has a tab interface preventing a bunch of individual windows from building up on your screen as well as full Jump List support. It’s currently an Alpha release but in my usage it seemed pretty stable.