Official File Manager for Windows Phone 8.1 due in May, here's what it looks like

If there’s one feature that people have been asking for on Windows Phone 8.1 is a proper file manager. Developers have been busy making third-party versions, but now Microsoft has announced via Reddit that an official File Manager app is in the works. Even better, the app may be released as early as the end of May. (We stress ‘may’ as things can change, but Microsoft is aiming for that time-frame).

Not much else was revealed about the app, but there were six screenshots posted of what it looks like. Users will be able to create folders, move files and do what comes normal to these types of apps. We’re hoping this quells enthusiasts who want the maximum control over their devices.

Official File Manager for Windows Phone 8.1

Official File Manager for Windows Phone 8.1

What do you think of the app so far? Do you think Microsoft has nailed it with this version?

Source: Reddit

Daniel Rubino
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

387 Comments
  • :O
  • Sam I knew this was coming...main reason I never bought any of the File explorers at the store.WOW! And whats up with the smiley face at the top right corner? Cortana?
  • Pocket file manager is amazing. Well worth the money. Love the cloud integration in has.
  • Me too.
  • I think that Modern Explorer is better..
  • Just wondering, is it able to transfer files(i.e: phone to SD card) in the background (while off the app)? Or background transfer to the cloud?
  • Seems that it can, I've just tried...
  • I love pfm as well. You could also play your vids directly from the videos SD card folder using moliplayer thanks to pfm
  • I think it's a link to a feedback page. They used a smiley in office betas for that too.
  • I hope this means Microsoft will soon be updating the default Mail app's ability to attach multiple files in one email, those files being of multiple various formats.
  • Same here!
  • I hope so too!
  • The mail app needs more work done. Need to be able to save attachments. I can save MP3s and MP4's to my phone via Internet Exploer but can't do it through the mail app. 
  • I would also like it to include the option to attach documents, instead of having to go directly into the Office app and hit share.
  • How to save MP4/ MP3 files via Internet Explorer in WP8
  • Plus maybe more Outlook look and feel.
  • I bought pocket file manager, it is very good
  • Damn how does Daniel gets so much info on WP ahead of everybody else? God bless this dude he deserves a cake!
  • The cake is a lie!
  • No Jared's a lie.
  • +1020
  • Because he read it on reddit ? 
  • Because Microsoft told it today on Reddit. It's there, for everyone to see, not only Daniel :)
  • Reddit dumbass
  • Everybody else who? You? Me? That's his job. He has contacts.
  • Here: http://www.reddit.com/user/joebelfiore/comments/
  • No Offense Daniel.. Nawzil Said this longgggggggg agoo! 
  • Sam didn't say f.irst.
  • Sam's awesome. He does not need that.
  • I like how the photo says it's charging but nothings plugged in. =P
  • A new feature ... A real wireless charging :D
  • good spot. its copy paste
  • OMG Great News... step by step...Nice and steady...
  • I have absolutely no user for this, but I'm glad it will be there soon... hopefully it will stop the bitching.
  • You're kidding yourself. People always find things to bitch about no matter how much you give them or do for them.
  • http://www.imore.com/ios-8-wants-files-app-document-picker muhahaha X{D
  • Funny that that supposed 'verified' MS insider in a recent Reddit AMA explicitly said that no file manager was coming to WP. This kind of cuts across his cred a little....
  • Finally! Now the haters can exit to the left.
  • No to the right...cuz I'm a southpaw (lefty) :)
  • Now that called a big news,,,,good news
  • ... Right out into incoming traffic :/
  • Not a feature I was looking to have, but more options are a good thing, as well as having parity with other platforms.
  • Now gsmarena will have to fix 'cons' for ALL WP devices.
  • Lol this !
    They've been copying the "Cons" list since Windows phone 7 launched.
  • lol...
  • yup....
    I wonder when they are going to add a con to android that read like this: APPS CAN'T BE INSTALLED ON EXTERNAL SD CARD.
  • They've actually got really positive and thorough review of the 8.1 update here:  http://www.gsmarena.com/windows_phone_81-review-1068.php
  • Requesting a feature is now means being a hater?
  • If you're Android user, yes. If you're iOS user, yes. If you're Windows Phone user, no.
  • It's not something important to me, but I'm sure a lot of users will like it.
  • I sometimes save files/pictures that I don't find on my phone right after. They then pop up after a couple of days...File exploere will help with this.
  • A file manager will help, and be completely necessary, if WP8.1 supports USBOTG...
  • +1
  • PRAISE THE LORDS BELFIORE AND NADELLA
  • Really after that Ballmer things are really changing and getting better
  • Most of the changes you see now, are because Ballmer started them, Satya has nothing to do with it. Sadly he's the one getting al the credits for it, through.
  • I know, LOL. Bro's been in charge for like a week and everyone loves him for some reason. I saw a picture of him on stage doing a presentation wearing jeans and a t-shirt. I must be old-fashioned, but I'm not impressed. Let's check back in two years and see how he's doing. I do think MS is currently on the right track.
  • That's what Joey Bravo wore at the Build event. Slouchy is the new smart
  • Your absolutely right. Although maybe its good that people give Satya all the credit. Sometimes it takes hype around a brand new CEO for people to realize a company has changed.
  • Good point Aaron. Attribution is far less important to MS than overall public perception and they need all the goodwill they can get there, no matter who is "responsible" for the roll they have been on of late (and for the record I agree this is thanks to the leadership of Ballmer)
  • I wish this comment system had a like button.
  • +720
  • Agreed. People make it sound as if in a couple of months Satya finished Office for the iPad, made Windows 8 for under 9" and WP free, etc... All of this stuff is Ballmer carryover. Talk to me next year to see what Satya had done at MS.
  • Not sadly. He's here to stay so its good if he gets a positive reputation even if its not his doing. Most CEO's get blamed or praised for stuff they hardly had anything to do with. Besides if he sees the last actions of Ballmer are received postively then he might follow the same course (even if behind the scenes he already made steps towards another direction).   I do think Ballmer got too much blame. The guy is a goof ball and probably not the best guy to be Microsoft's CEO. But he wasn't all bad. Vista wasnt his fault (he inherited) and Windows 7 turned out great. He also dared to sign off on Windows Phone and later Windows 8. Not entirely fantastic products but a much needed change for Microsoft.
  • Like Obama getting blamed for the current state of the US when it's actually Bush who fucked the country and then tossed him the keys in the parking lot...
  • Bush didn't make Obamacare.....
  • True. Just like how Obama didn't create No Child Left Behind or start a hundred trillion dollar war that will inevitably result in China owning the US financially. Or buy his first presidency. Or take advantage of one of the greatest tragedies in American history to manufacture the necessary approval for his second term AND the aforementioned immoral war.
  • Obama could have ended No child left behind. Quite frankly, Obama continued an aweful lot of policies that carried over from Bush. Politicians make a lot of promises when they campaign. When they actually get into office and get briefed about the reality of the situation, they realize they can't really keep many of their policies because they are not practical. Even Bush can't be blamed for all the economic mess. The real estate bubble started during Clinton and many of the policies for giving loans to people who normally don't qualify and easing interest rates also started then. Of course, Bush continued those policies.
  • At least Bush didn't take advantage of national tragedies for a war against its own citizens...
  • Don't joke about the crimes he got away with.
  • Really? The guys been president for a full term and change and it's still Bush's fault. You need to stop watching MSNBC and educate yourself man.
  • Let's leave politics out of this, shall we?
  • The OP was just drawing on a well known analog that exists in politics. That's all.  Unfortunately, there is a lot of opinion on the matter and how people recollect things. :) 
  • Ballmer had zero communication. He treated everything they were working on like an industrial secret. Nadella knows how to communicate with users. We've learned everything they have going in just a few weeks and it'll keep people from jumping ship and maybe encourage others to get onboard.
  • The negative side of that is that the competition knows what you are doing and can react. The secrecy thing worked well for Apple. They key is if you keep things a secret, make sure that the product is ready to go when you announce it. Microsoft tends to announce things and you can't buy the product for months after the announcement.
  • Haha A ballimer Fan
  • Praise talos!
  • Lol
  • PRAISE CTHULHU!
  • ALL HAIL LORD POTATO!
  • Now we are talking!!
  • Yeah! Was really waiting for this moment!
  • Welcome addition. Although PFM does the job well for me including integrating various clouds and ability to copy paste from phone to cloud / cloud to cloud. It'd be interesting if OneDrive evolves as both cloud and local file manager.
  • Yes, agreed. PFM is epic ! It can even edit id3 tags !
  • Sorry, but... what is PFM? TY =)
  • Pocket File Manager.
  • Man it also has a fully featured ftp server for accessing your sd card wirelessly. What more could you ask for ? Now i think for 8.1 it also has ftp support for phone memory. Accessing phone via WiFi, epic !
  • An FTP client, not a server.
  • I will stick to PFM (Pocket File Manager) because I don't like the Metro interface
  • Don't buy a phone with Metro interface then?
  • How did you manage to come up with such a smart answer. You're genious.
  • Great to have it. I don't think I'll use it much but to have the possibility to do so is fantastic! :)
  • My thoughts exactly.
  • nice! did he say anything about this -> \\networkserver\share\ 
  • I'm curious about that also... would be really sweet.
  • With this I am sure email attachments isn't far off. Great going Microsoft.
  • Hope he says something about that.
  • I'm curious why Mail hasn't been made its own store app. Also the Office hub.
  • Given the poor performance of the previously native apps that are now separate from the OS, eg music, video and games, I hope that never happens.
  • So you don't want that sad excuse of an Office suite to improve or even OneNote to get the features that the iOS version got recently then?
  • You are aware that you are infact using very early betas of those apps right? their subpar, bwecause they are far from ready for release, if your gonna judge an OS based on its beta, then you sire, do not belong in the OS preview. Im certain all these apps that were split will be atleast on par with the 8.0 equivelent by the time the official 8.1 rollout starts.
  • Phones with 8.1 ship this month dude. Stop saying "very early betas"..they aren't. MS need to work OT to fix em by the time phones ship
  • Which is the exact reason why they separated them from the OS, so they can get far more updates even after WP8.1 is released. They have a list of features they are going to implement.
  • I will not stop calling them early betas because.. They are. The os may be nearly done, but the apps certainly aren't, you are aware, the the music app we got with 8.1 was the EXACT same build that was released as a preview to music pass subscribers right? That's a pretty fucking early beta, you, deal with issues, relating to stuff being unfinished, or gtfo of a beta.
  • the os is not a beta, the apps are not beta. it's simple.
  • Then you are clueless, get back into the official releases.
  • It works now using a third party file manager and also using the last version of onedrive for wp8.1
  • Android and IOS, now beware of Windows phone OS.
  • Android now has nothing unique over Windows phone :D
  • the Lag part is unique tho
  • I'm led to believe that's been fixed in kitkat with better memory management just a shame most current devices won't get it. Too many cheap and nasty Android handsets on the market that would benefit from the update.
  • It most certainly is not fixed in 4.4. Im using my GS4 every day running on 4.4 KitKat and I can assure you lag is still noticeable. This is magical Project Butter all over again just some fucking PR trash.
  • thats why i refuse to leave for WP!
  • Please. That's no longer valid. Android has the biggest market share and that's a good reason for it. On the other hand, WP is still having the pathetic low 5% only share.
  • If you think devices sell because of market share, then nobody would even look at an iMac or MacBook......market share doesn't justify the device as being good.As far as I know, the Lumia 520 is still the best low end performer as compared to many android devices out there,which are absolutely terrible in terms of quality and performance.
  • This is what people wants. I am sure in the coming years Windows Phone will lead the markets. Thanks for the news. Waiting for the app 
  • Looking good
  • What's this smiley ☺ in the upper right corner?
  • Feedback button.
  • Thank all that is good! I was so disappointed to not see this in the preview! Good!!!
  • Nice name btw.m
  • Do you read Sherlock Holmes too?
  • I live close to Mr Suchet, and have read all the books and love the show! What else can I say lol Oh and yes, Sherlock and Poirot, alongside Jeeves and Wooster got me through boarding school so hey! ;)
  • Elementary school, otherwise same.
  • I love Wodehouse, he's so funny!
  • Thanks for such a big and good news Daniel. Seems your very busy today lot of posts from u today.
  • As Naren Parker pointed out, Pocket File Manager already does what Microsoft is proposing, plus has integration with Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive. Microsoft should have just bought PFM and called it a day.
  • Why pay money when you can build it yourself?
  • I love PFM and I will continue to use, but the MS file manager can access all the user folders without using the "file picker" for adding each folder.
  • Are you guys in the private beta?
  • Windos Phone 8.1 at official release will be really awesome =D
  • Finally, needs FTP and network browsing support though.
  • *Facepalm* Seriously? It's a PHONE!
  • Exactly what I was thinking, why does everyone think "it's Windows Phone, so it should have all the features my PC has"!!!!
  • *double facepalm* no, it's not a PHONE. It's a handheld computer that can make phone calls. Big difference.
  • no it's not
  • Umm, you do realize that you can do more than just talk on the computing device we carry around that still has the "Phone" label? To say it's a phone is really the *Facepalm* It's a computer in your hand, we should want it to be more powerful and capable of doing much much more, why limit yourself and your thinking? I too would like to see Network browsing and FTP, this would make this device that much more useful for me. Those who don't need it, simply won't use it.
  • Do you play games on your "phone?" Do you listen to music on your "phone?" Do you watch videos on your "phone?" Do you take pictures on your "phone?"
    You need to stop that shit, it's a phone, jackass.
    I work for a living. I manage offices. I have employees. I have to coordinate and manage information on the go and I am sick and GD tired of having to hotspot a tablet or computer in my car, at a restaurant, at the golf course, at a hockey game, at a baseball game, etc... You may clock out at McDonald's. People with careers and employers trying to keep their employees and their children fed don't.
  • Hear! Hear!
  • This is how you should answer people who give this stupid argument -" it's a phone". This is Apple's doing, just to sell more iOS devices & Macs. 
  • Wow, aren't you a ray of sunshine? :/ Jeez...
  • Dumbest comment of the year.
  • Nowadays phones are not phones. They are computers masquerading as phones.
  • I will be fine with network shares support.
  • I will die.
  • Please don't, you will miss all the fun.
  • Yeah please don't, because losing you would mean the loss of 25% of WP users.
  • Stop it, you guys- I'm touched and overwhelmed by your affection! Sniff sniff sob sob
  • Yeah, what I meant by that was windows phone only has like 4 users. It's pathetic.
  • Oh really, are you like the potential 5th?
  • I plead the 5th... Should continue to bum android
  • yeah we got your extremely sophisticated sarcasm, since we are not 10 like you