Windows Phone "Files" manager coming in June

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One of the myriad changes that were expected as part of the massive Windows Phone 8.1 update was the inclusion of a file manager app. The feature was even confirmed by Microsoft's own Joe Belfiore, who said that the feature was planned to be ready for May. We only have one week left in May, and now we're learning that the file manager has been delayed until next month.

Microsoft hasn't given any explanation for the delay, but it has confirmed that the file manager is still on the way, and it will simply be called "Files". An admin gave out the info in a Windows Phone Uservoice feedback post, saying, "In June, we will be launching a great file manager app for Windows Phone 8.1 called “Files" … just look for it in the Store then." It's not the most specific release range, so we could see the app fairly soon, but at least now we know that we're no more than 5 weeks from having a file manager app for Windows Phone. 

Once the app is released, Files will allow WP users to manage files on both the internal storage of their device or on an installed SD card. It will give the basic set of functionality, including searching, moving files between the internal storage and SD card, creating folders, deleting files, and sharing files through the sharing menu. 


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62 Comments

1. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Microsoft FINALLY listened to WP users after YEARS of complaints. In the past, Microsoft used to listen to customers, now they only listen to themselves and their friends at the NSA. Every OS product since Windows 7 has been about using the Windows monopoly to reach further into the personal lives of their customers and achieve corporate objectives that are contrary to the customer's best interests.

2. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

You are about as derp as they come. Personally have never needed a file manager, great for people that may need it, personally never needed it myself.

6. Cicero

Posts: 1137; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Perhaps you use your phone for voice calling, Facebook, messaging and take some pictures. I am using as a small pc alike (opening and editing docs, dealing with attachments) on top of regular use. No offense.

52. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Actually I do far more than most will ever do on my phone from spreadsheets to financial printing to Netflix to games to music, roughly 5000' songs from my PC synced to the nonsd card phone. I also play torrent things as well. As stated I don't need it. The PC can be used, SkyDrive of 200gigs is used a lot. My phone pits all the PDF docs and other docs in documents. Music? Music. Pictures? Pictures. But hey all I use my phone is for calls right? I do more on my phone than 95% of most Android users that I deal with daily which is about 40 per day. I have/do so much between my phone and tablet, with ease, read the with ease part. That i have converted users to the wp/win combo. These are people that are not nut hugging an OS and just want it to work. I can't say that for my note 3. I can be just as productive on my note 3, but i got tired of babysitting an OS.

60. rromerof

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

You are absolutely right! The same as my, I haven't needed a file manager and I'm still using Windows Phone 7

9. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Jelly Your the odd one out who dosen't need a file manager, 1000 in a million. All these users were ex Nokia fans and users, cause Symbian S60 had a file manager.

12. papss unregistered

What? You are special aren't you? I bet over 80 % people period don't use it on any platform. Poor uneducated folks use android so I guess I shouldn't expect much from you

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

"Poor uneducated folks" Same tagline the Apple fanboy been using. WP platform is really very similar to iOS. Just that iOS have the apps and the class wp users could only dream about. What a shame! lol

30. Dastrix unregistered

With that reply, I guess papss comment has just been justified.

59. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Justified that wp is a poorer cousin of apple. Microsoft has always been a 'me too' company with a list of copied features yet to be released. Its really dumb to wait for their over due promises when iOS and android already had them for years and moving on to new innovation. In the end, Microsoft just can't copy fast enough.

64. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

It will be a short experiment just the same, as Microsoft made a huge mistake eating Nokia D&S up. Most people bought Nokia's because they were Nokia's. OS was irrelevant. Windows Mobile failed because of Blackberry, iOS and finally Android, besides the fact there were lousy devices like the Moto Q and and slew of horrible Samsungs. Once the more popular Nokia name is off of devices, MS will be back to square one in the mobile business.

47. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

If you're saying Android the most customizable Mobile OS we use today is for uneducated people you are definitely retarded.

41. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

You need a file manager - especially with Windows as the OS places stuff in all sorts of files...great for organizing your stuff - a file manager...hmmmm

15. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

That's one of the main reason I've made the switch to Android, and definitely not going back.

21. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

+1 Why do people use Wp, when iOs is much better and has apps and games unlike Wp waiting 3 to 6 months for lazy devs that MS forces and asks and has to pay double the revenue to make apps for this Wp platform

36. semipro1337

Posts: 113; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

Why do you have prada on your icon? That's just a valid a question as what you just asked.

50. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

There definitely is a market for Windows Phone. That's like asking why anyone would buy a Buick when Mercedes exists.... The day I can buy my father a $59 iPhone like I just did with the Lumia 521 I'll actually purchase an iPhone. Why would I buy an expensive rudimentary UX when I can get a cheap rudimentary UX? I'm not going to pay 12 times the price of a 521 for an iPhone with another noob UI just to get something basic enough for my father to understand.

3. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Don't know what all the bitchin's about. Windows Mobile had the best file manager ever. You could even browse network drives and map them.

48. luxzy801

Posts: 140; Member since: Jun 16, 2010

Agreed

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Wow..Windows 6 had a file manager...

5. alex88ucv

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 05, 2014

This is the first native file manager for an os..congrats to Microsoft

42. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

lol, great sarcasm I sense

7. richardraji

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 14, 2013

finally bet its gonna be awesome

8. adwienc

Posts: 136; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Everyone's bitching about lack of file manager on WP, but there is already such an app on market, costs 2$ and works like a charm. Stock Android also doesn't have file manager and iOS doesn't have it at all (only for jailbreak).

10. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Which was recently available on Wp, while Android had the option from years ago to buy the app

13. papss unregistered

No troll if you really knew something about wp you would know they have been around since wp7... Try harder

16. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Blah blah blah blah blah blah.

25. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

That was weak, come back with true wise post

29. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Blah blah blah blah and HATERS Gonna HATE.

31. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Jealous Jelly Detected

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