Where did I say VS had a tree view that zoomed? I don't believe I ever said that VS was exactly as I wanted File Explorer to be.
To recap, this is what I said:*snip**snip*
The "zooming style" is a half-assed implementation of what people expect from zooming content. The mouse wheel just scrolls through the different views. The mouse wheel scroll does scroll through some intermediate views between the different icon views (extra large, large, medium, small) that render the icons in different sizes, but the text doesn't ever change size. For something called a "File Manager", the "content" should be the most important file characteristics (file name, size, date, etc.), which are all represented as text. Yet, this "content" can't be zoomed at all.*snip*
Does this matter? File Explorer is part of the OS, so it should be even more capable of supporting the different input modes since the OS needs to contemplate those input modes.
So your complaint is that, while Explore can zoom its file icons, it failed to zoom its file name. You are frustrated with smaller text specifically inside the Explore (not the entire system), because it will be harder to rename the file name as the text isn't finger friendly as the giant icons you have zoomed so close. Am I right?
I thought you wanted the tree to be zoomed because you said "Also, why can't the tree view in the left pane also zoom? It would work great as a UI paradigm for touch, but the nodes are too damn small". But, that's ignore that subject for now because I have yet to see anyone doing it.
I wasn't saying Explore doesn't need to be more friendly with different input devices. I agree on the problem.
I was only challenging your solution to the problem. Having two zooming styles side-by-side will only confuse the user. The likelihood of proper usage is low. It will only be acted based on single zoom gesture or mouse wheel action.
The user will only use the default action of the gesture. Foe example, the most intuitive behavior is zooming it like anything else. Meaning the layout is the same as the text and icon size increase. So, most user would never know how to change layout. If someone changed the layout, they would stuck with that layout.
The double zooming style is confusing. That has already happened in old IE with text size (not zoom). I have set to see other apps implemented duel zoom style as well.
And even then, forget about user confusion, the rest of the system is having smaller text. Hell, the zoom level maybe localized to single folder path. And the rest of the GUI is still tiny.
Might as well just make DPI to 300% and get it over with if you want everything to be finger friendly using the existing Explore and rest of the system.
Like I said, I want the Explore to be finger friendly as a whole. But, evolving the Explore directly would just always be half assed and making desktop people angry.
I prefer them just make metro version, keep adding features along the way to match the desktop version. And finally once everyone is happy with using metro version, we can replace the old Explore entirely.