Windows Phone will get a proper file manager

Windows Phone will get a proper file manager
Joe Belfiore, Microsoft’s VP of Windows and User Experience held his “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit today. There was a very active flow of information, but one item in particular stuck out about imminent plans for Windows Phone 8.1, and that was the deployment of a full file manager for the mobile platform.

It was just a simple question, “Hi Mr. Joe…is there any plans for file managers on WP.” Joe responded in a very enthusiastic fashion and gave the person who asked a free Cortana T-shirt.

Indeed, Joe “avoided tweeting on this very topic just for all you redditors. Seriously.” He then noted that he has been running a build of the file manager on a couple of his phones and it is getting in “pretty good shape.”

He then expressed the desired time line to have this feature added to the Windows Phone Store by the end of May. Even better, he shared a bunch of images to show us what File Manager in Windows Phone looks like.

The absence of a proper file manager has been a valid criticism of the Windows Phone platform since its inception. Given the nature of the Windows ecosystem as a whole, not having such a feature in a Windows product is like not having sand at the beach.

What do you think of File Manager for Windows Phone?


source: Joe Belfiore AMA (Reddit)

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77 Comments

1. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Wow, if WP keeps growing I'll consider it as the OS for my future phone

39. adecvat

Posts: 647; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Or your grandkids :)

51. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I already using Android and iOS, not investing on a third mobile OS. Still this is good news for the competition.

56. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It isn't good news for competition because all it says is that we learn 3 years after the competition does. If they released WP with all of this it would have been good for competition. Now it is just playing catch up by going slower than the competition....which is tragically not going to work.

69. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

then u guess u dont even know a bit about MS at all. theoratically there stretegy must be first get a hold on nokia devices division. who knows all these features were ready back in 2011 just waited out nokia to give in then release all the good stuff.

2. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Windows Phone never had a file manager? I almost got one goddamit. Get it together Microsoft

3. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Windows Phone is all about what is good for Microsoft, not the user. The only reason they are adding a file manager is the sh!t storm of complaints they've gotten about the lack of one.

5. papss unregistered

Yeah that's way different than any other big mfg.. take your goggles off so you can see straight

8. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

It is not too difficult to understand that WP is a closed source, closed system OS, designed for the benefit of one company, Microsoft. Android is an open source, open system OS that benefits a diverse ecosystem of companies. And Android has had a file manager for a long long time.

9. papss unregistered

Again... Are you saying that all mfg don't try to benefit themselves first? Lol please tell me more story's you believe are true.

12. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The distribution of benefits through different mobile ecosystems is not the same. This is a very basic concept. In Microsoft's WP ecosystem, almost all the benefits go to Microsoft. Why do you think no one wants to build phones for WP? Or why Microsoft had to pay Nokia $1B/yr to make Windows phones?

15. 12Danny123

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 18, 2012

Actually 15 OEMs are building WPs including Sony. So your claim about OEMs not wanting to build for WP is pure bull

16. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

But still no one will be buying WP, cause WP is a closed restricted platform which public does not like Even if every oems build one, it still won't sell, cause it has no major apps and games

21. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Yes, nobody wants closed. Meanwhile, in the real worl, Windows (Closed) is curb stomping everyone in the desktop/laptop arena except for Apple, whose OSX and Mac business (Closed) takes a hefty chunk of the profit out of the market. In the mobile game, Apple's iOS (Closed) take's the lion's share of the profit, while Microsoft and Samsung take the rest. So, to summarize, "Closed" dominates the tech world, while "Open" begs for a seat at the table. Of course nobody wants "Closed," judging by that summary.

23. express77 unregistered

But the closed desktop windows lets you do anything without stupid restrictions and you don't even have to root/windowbreak. But WP is also removing their restrictions. Will get one when all those restrictions are over.

22. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

IOS is closed so why do iPhones sell? There's no file manager on iOS. I went back to Android to have the ability to send documents in a replied email and also send over multiple doc files on a email.

31. Sauce unregistered

I have a File Manager on my iPhone 5s. It runs faster, smoother, and better than the File Manager on my Note.

67. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

o.O comparing Note 2 to iphone 5s

25. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

explain iOS closed restricted platform.

48. papss unregistered

Wait a minute... Did that keep you from buying your WP device or were you lying? I still laugh at fandroids comments about games on a touch device lol..

50. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Wp sucks iOS is much better

42. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Sony has said that they will only build a WP if there is enough demand for it. They currently believe there is not enough market demand for one, and will thus stick with their "Android Only" strategy for the time being. They are even selling their loss-making pc platform, which only makes Windows pc's / laptops.

26. Gawain

Posts: 441; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

You need to see a doctor about your myopic condition. Google has Android filled to the gills with data gathering algorithms. How do you think the company makes billions off of selling ads, while giving away use of Gmail, YouTube, Maps, Android Open Source Project? You think Android is this wonderful utopia? Larry Page has some beachfront property in Nebraska to sell you.

32. bon24x7

Posts: 211; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

Android is open..yet you need "Google" to release the new version of the OS for others OEMs to use em. "Microsoft" does the same thing too..Android offers customization, what else is open for the OEMs to change? AOSP is open..not the evil twin named Android from Google..!!! WP might be closed when it comes to customization, other than that its as open as Google's Android..What's locked is what needs to be locked and normal users needn't access for the proper functioning of the OS. If you're really geek enough, you can access anything on WP as well.

74. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"Android is open..yet you need "Google" to release the new version of the OS for others OEMs to use em." While that may be true....you as a consumer are free to compile your own version of Android for your own personal use...or as a fork if you want to get in the phone, tablet business. Try that with WP and see what happens.... Btw...you do know what the A in AOSP stand for...right?

38. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

"Android is an open source, open system OS that benefits a diverse ecosystem of companies" This is NOT Google's Android. You are talking about AOSP, which is short for Android Open Source Project. Also, I don't get why end users care that much about Android being "open", they aren't going to develop for it or really benefit from the developer properties of Open Source. And you know, if companies as big as Apple and Windows are doing closed source software, it happens to be quite good.

44. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Windows Phone 8 has had file manager apps for as long as I have used it. It won't let you get into private parts with OS and other apps data, which after Androids "shady apps can do whatever they want with your device" I consider a good thing. Anything you would need to access, like documents / video / music is there along with OneDrive and lan shares. Even before Belfiore announcement great third party file browsers like Aerize Explorer or FileEx etc was on WP. You gotta lol at the Android fanboys who talk about WP when they haven't used it or they would know this.

75. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

For the record....you cant get into the private parts on Android either....unless you are rooted....

13. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Dammm u just pumped up.

47. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

WP has many File managers the difference is that this one is native to WP whereas on Android you still have to download a 3rd party solution. If im wrong about Android feel free to correct me no one is perfect, I've used many Android devices in the past but never saw a native File manager like what WP is bringing to the OS.

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