Windows 8 aims to answer some longtime Microsoft OS gripes, from slow startup times to mediocre mobile tools.
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Windows 7's file management skills aren't so hot, particularly when you're tackling a large copy job or dealing with files and folders with the same names. Windows 8 simplifies these tasks by adding a few UI improvements: It presents all pending copy jobs in a single dialog box; lets you pause, resume, and stop copy operations; and displays detailed, real-time views of copy jobs with status graphs. Another plus: When two files have the same name--what Microsoft calls a "file collision"--you'll see more information about each. Hover over a thumbnail image, for instance, and its file path will appear.