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Windows Phone will get a proper file manager

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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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posted on 02 May 2014, 20:04 26

1. Lauticol (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)

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

posted on 03 May 2014, 05:13 7

39. adecvat (Posts: 317; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

Or your grandkids :)

posted on 03 May 2014, 09:38

51. joey_sfb (Posts: 6544; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

I already using Android and iOS, not investing on a third mobile OS.

Still this is good news for the competition.

posted on 03 May 2014, 11:19

56. Finalflash (Posts: 3493; Member since: 23 Jul 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.

posted on 04 May 2014, 03:39

69. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 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.

posted on 02 May 2014, 20:05 11

2. magnanimus (Posts: 559; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

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

posted on 02 May 2014, 20:10 14

3. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 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.

posted on 02 May 2014, 20:11 7

5. papss (unregistered)

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

posted on 02 May 2014, 20:19 3

8. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 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.

posted on 02 May 2014, 20:24 9

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.

posted on 02 May 2014, 20:32 2

12. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 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?

posted on 02 May 2014, 21:00 9

15. 12Danny123 (Posts: 87; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 02 May 2014, 21:14 2

16. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 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

posted on 02 May 2014, 22:01 7

21. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 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.

posted on 02 May 2014, 22:56 2

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.

posted on 02 May 2014, 22:19 1

22. bigdawg23 (Posts: 462; Member since: 25 May 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.

posted on 03 May 2014, 00:29 3

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.

posted on 04 May 2014, 01:47

67. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

o.O comparing Note 2 to iphone 5s

posted on 02 May 2014, 23:21

25. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

explain iOS closed restricted platform.

posted on 03 May 2014, 08:26 2

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..

posted on 03 May 2014, 09:14

50. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

Wp sucks

iOS is much better

posted on 03 May 2014, 06:54

42. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 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.

posted on 02 May 2014, 23:24 3

26. Gawain (Posts: 423; Member since: 15 Apr 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.

posted on 03 May 2014, 00:48 1

32. bon24x7 (Posts: 211; Member since: 30 Aug 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.

posted on 04 May 2014, 16:41

74. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 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?

posted on 03 May 2014, 03:45 1

38. xoxoGeorges (Posts: 209; Member since: 11 Jul 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.

posted on 03 May 2014, 07:48 2

44. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 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.

posted on 04 May 2014, 16:43

75. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

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

posted on 02 May 2014, 20:36 1

13. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

Dammm u just pumped up.

posted on 03 May 2014, 08:07 2

47. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 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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