With the release of Windows 8, everything’s gone very Metro in style. As well as a new look for Windows and other software and services from Microsoft, third party developers are getting in on the act, creating programs that look vastly different from the previous generation of Windows’ apps and tying nicely with the look of the latest version of the operating system. This is exactly what we find with Immersive Explorer, a Windows 8/Metro style Explorer replacement tool.
Unlike most file browsers, Immersive Explorer lets you focus on what you want to do with your files rather than having to think about how you are going to go about doing it. The program adopts the same look as the Windows 8 Start menu, making it easy to navigate through your filers and folder with a slick, stylish interface.
The name of the app comes from the fact that you are not forced into using other tools to complete different tasks. The example given is that when you want to view an image, there is no need to use your file browser to navigate to the file in question and then load it up in a separate viewer. With Immersive Explorer you can view the image directly within the app window.
As the developer opening admits, this is still very early days for Immersive Explorer. It is an app that is far from complete, but it is shaping up to be something impressive. It closely matches the look and style of Windows although there are a large list of niggles and limitations at this early stage. The lack of features can be forgiven as this is very much a work in progress but it’s already looking very promising.
Build 0.5.0 brings these changes:
-pushed the expiration date to 2013/03/15
-enabled the ability to Rename or Delete files/folders (single item only; multiselect will be implemented in version 0.6)
-added Keyboard Shortcuts : Escape (navigate to Computer), Backspace (navigate backward), Delete, F5 (refresh), F11 (full screen), Alt+Left/Right/Up (navigate backward/forward/up), Enter (open selected file or folder)
-added an "Open With" button