Microsoft’s dearest hope for TileWorld is that it will become as ubiquitous, recognizable, and popular as the iPad. And as simple: full screen, no menus, no dialog boxes, no file structure.
What? No file structure? You can’t save and name a file, or open an old one?
That’s going too far. It may fly on the iPad, but Windows 8 needs to get real work done.
Therefore, here and there in TileWorld apps, you’ll run into something called the File Picker (Figure 3-14). In the days of Olde Windows, it was called the Open dialog box. But the idea is the same: It lets you navigate to any folder on your hard drive so that you can hunt for a file or a document that you want to open.
Now, in the real desktop world, the Save and Open dialog boxes are miniature desktops. They have columns that you can sort or widen, a list of folder links down the left side, a toolbar, and so on.
The File Picker serves the same purpose—it lets you navigate all the folders of your computer—but it’s been incredibly stripped down. If the Open dialog box is a Boeing 767, the File Picker is a kite.
Here are its elements, newly overhauled in Windows 8.1:
This PC . This is actually a pop-up menu. It lists the primary sources of files that TileWorld can access, like OneDrive (files stored online, on your free 15-gigabyte OneDrive), This PC (files on your machine), Homegroup (your home network, ...