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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 is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

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
  • Hope it has an address bar and can tap into network places. And rich context menus with actions like open with, copy/cut/paste, properties. And drag and drop. And...
  • Cool!!!
  • Finally...i was delighted to see that "Phone" category included.
    Now there's wifi direct left for WP to be complete and compete.
  • Nailed it!
  • This. This is what we wanted!
  • Microsoft should give us same file manager which exists in Windows 8. That would be great.
  • Oh that would be awesome!
  • They should call the app "Explorer".
  • Whatever they name it. It would be great to change the extension of files so that they we can play any file.
  • The desktop version? not possible at all, Windows Explorer is a Win32 app, WinRT apps can't use that API.
  • And yet Surface RT uses it.
  • Yet it can't use Win32 to run apps except those preinstalled to run on the desktop. The only reason Win32 is there in Windows RT is to run Office, once that moves to the Modern UI then RT has no use for the Desktop and Win32, so MS could remove it.
  • Running apps is not a component of windows explorer. It's an app unto itself and has been compiled for RT.
  • Maybe you'd want a desktop as well. I mean, hell, it's a Windows Phone so why shouldn't it be running Windows 8.1 Update 1 instead!!!! /s
  • It could run RT
  • It will, at least the WinRT APIs anyway!!
  • That would be great.. :D
  • Well if you want to mess around with non touch screen optimised content then that's up to you!!!
  • File manager was totally unnecessary but I'm glad it will silence many of them complaining about it just because Android has it.
  • Just because? No jackass, I deal with files and clients all day every day on the road and in the office. If we wanted a locked down pile of crap system we would have iPhones. Next time, it's you that doesn't need a file manager.
  • explain why this means you need a file manager?
    if you deal with files directly, thats already a usability fail. whatever app on your phone needs to access the file should have a way of getting it. you shouldn't need to find it yourself and then grab it. The filepicker tool that they're giving to devs is bad enough... its exposing that data is stored in a filesystem (as opposed to, say, a database or fetched through a restful web API).
  • I deal with files all day every day, in a cellular retail setting no less, and I've used a file manager on any device three times in my entire tenure with T-Mobile, and all three were to force an APK onto an old Android device that the Play Store wouldn't install to because it was too old. Keep in mind, I've got probably 30 or 40 active documents I use on a monthly basis, and my WP (and hell, even my iPad) manage them perfectly fine. Just because you don't know how to manage your files without the traditional CLI inspired folder structure, doesn't make it impossible. Learn your device, don't expect your device to tread backwards in time for you.
  • Having a file manager allows you to group files and documents that might not otherwise have been grouped by your phone's operating system. I'm a software developer & also dab into music+videos etc... If I want to group an album, with a short video and maybe some documents to go with it and send it off via email its a lot quicker to do it using a file manager. I have many use cases similar, which makes having one particularly useful to me. And I don't want to do this using skydrive.
  • Which is the exact reason why this is a separate app and not built in!!!
  • Subdirectory support is totally unnecessary as well, all files can sit at the root.  Why even use files, just connect the file IO APIs to SQL Server BLOBs. As long as the underlying filesystem supports a heirarchical structure, and this structure is presented to the end users (which it is), then users should be provided a mechanism for moving their files around in this structure.  The photo album is a perfect example.  No way to move anything from one album (which is really a directory) to another.
     
  • its only presented to the end users via this file manager...
    If apps choose to present content as files, thats their choice. users shouldn't need to know how data is stored.
  • It actually wasn't unnecessary. Why do people think they are the centre of the universe? Is it so hard to imagine a world where people utilise devices in a different manner than you do? Jesus Christ man.
  • Yeah, Bruce Wayne man
  • Bring it onn
  • i love MS produced apps, their standard is set pretty high. It shows what others can do with Windows phone especially WP8.1, since they now open up lots of new things.
  • Have you tried using Xbox music yet?
  • XBM is beta... not even
  • nope
  • Try it I'm sure you'll love it
  • We say Bing it on! :D
  • Why just not upate the OneDrive app to support it just like Windows 8.1 does??
  • Are you talking about the desktop file manager? it is not possible at all. If you are talking about the file picker in Windows 8.1, WP8.1 have the same functionality, you can access to OneDrive and local folders using File Picker, the same than Windows 8.1 file picker.
  • Looks like it does everything a file manager should do. I personally have no use for one but I'll install it when it comes out for the occasion that I may need it.
  • Great! With this I can finally organize my photos in albums on the phone. Hopefully thou I want the option to create a new album and move photos there right in the photos hub!
  • Thanks for the article and the news.
  • The whole problem with Modern/Metro is lack of drag to select, and drop to move or copy. Nothing beats that simplicity.
  • I suppose you have a point. However, it isn't necessarily the UI design. I think it could work with the Metro design. When you move tiles around on the home screen, they just sort of float there. Maybe, if MS added that feature to the Pic hub, when you select a pic or multiple pics and float the to a folder that you can create in the Pic hub. Just a thought.
  • It's about time.  Folders are infintely more scalable than the current long, and even longer list of eveything, songs, apps, tiles, etc.  It's an old concept the MS blindly abandoned.   Welcome back!  Next time when a new kid came along and tried to remove a feature, ask for a logical reason first.  Now please add back task manager at the DLL level so we can find out what the heck is causing this battery drain.  A scrollbar will be good for those long web pages as well.
  • No need for task manager, battery saver is what you need. Also a task manager won't show you battery drain.
  • apps should provide a means of arranging content that they own.
    users shouldn't need to know that its backed by a file system. it could be joined tables in a database.
  • Microsoft giving us everything we want :)
  • Everything except a half decent music app
  • OMG Judas... I've been searching for you for so long.
  • Well you just found me :)
  • Which is coming seeing as the WP8.1 version is the WP8 beta version at the moment, they decoupled it from the OS for a reason!!!
  • I hope so
  • It is, just look through the articles on the Xbox Music app on here and you'll find the list of features they plan on implementing.
  • Brilliant.. Years of support to MS starting with wp7 beginning to pay off.
  • A native file manager is just one of the major things I want in Windows Phone. My old Nokia devices (Symbian, Maemo) had it. Windows Mobile had it. Though, from the looks of this, it seems pretty typical so far. I hope we're able to adjust the view size like you do in any Windows OS. I personally would like to view as many files on the screen at once as possible without the need for many scrolls. Also, a way to sort the files by date created (ascending/descending) is very important for me. Then keep those settings as default. Long press on a file to view options such as Open file with (selection of program/apps), Send file to (bluetooth/contact), and the basic functions. Please make it like Explorer if you can, Windows Phone/Microsoft team. It would greatly be appreciated for the power user.
  • Doesn't matter how it's look, if this going to do the job 
  • The top right corner icon looks like Cortana... Application is looking exciting.
  • Finally at last. Was waiting for an official file manager from MS in a long long time. Really glad to hear this news !
  • Nooooo. Really not keen for a file manager. I hate the micro management associated with them.
  • Same, but luckily it's something 'extra' to download and not integral to the end user experience.
  • yeah, I just see it as a benefit when need, no where required.  I am happy we can download files and now i can specify where they are and delete things that i do not need or hopefully move them to skydrive.
  • I like the idea that it's an extra download as it will allow those who want/need it to stop complaining and those, like me, who see no need for one to just carry on as usual.
  • Meh
  • This is something that should have been there since the beginning of WP, but cool, better late than never
  • Hmmm. Seems like all the updates and fixes for WP6.1 preview are to be released in the same month - May. As in, it may be released.
  • I really need this, hate needing to plug my phone in to transfer raw image files, I would to do this straight to OneDrive so i never have to plug anything in.
  • Ok let me get this straight.  People who just want to organize their files into folders, give them names that make sense, transfer them between internal memory and an SD card, etc. are "enthusiasts who want the maximum control over their devices"?  No.  This is not rocket science here.  This is incredibly basic stuff that everyday people have been doing on computers since the beginning of time.  Are modern smartphone users really so braindead that this is considered advanced functionality for them?  Wait, don't answer that...
  • iOS doesn't have a file manager and guess what, it's still beating Windows Phone sales wise!!!! On a smartphone, yes, it's considered advanced functionality and not even Android ships with one pre installed. On a desktop/laptop it's considered an integral part of the OS so in that case it's basic functionality. Why do people insist on comparing their smartphone to their PC!!!
  • PC = Personal Computer. Smartphones are running advanced operating systems that are closing the bridge between systems, of which you could consider a personal computer. Windows 8.1 x Windows Phone 8.1 ??? 
  • Windows 8.1 is what I consider a PC OS with a tablet being the bridge between phones and PCs.
  • No, it is not. My WM devices had it many years ago. And Nokia Symbian ones as well.
  • Please don't give the stupid iOS example. It IS still beating WP saleswise because it's older. As for not having a file manager. Even WP doesn't have one presently. So basically, it's a useless example. People insist on comparing their smartphone to a PC because it's a PC, in a smaller form factor. Don't you know, even those people at Apple Insider call iPhones as PCs? It seems you're the only one who feels that a smartphone is not a PC & vice-versa.
  • Except it isn't stupid, it's fact not because it's older. I really don't care what Apple Insider call the iPhone, the fact is it's called a SmartPHONE not a SmartPC. So by everyones definition on here then a PDA was a PC?
  • then go play something on your arm pc, see if it's a real computer
  • Do you even understand the difference between a mobile PC & a desktop class PC? Today's smartphones & tablets ARE PCs whether they are based on ARM or x86 or x64. The main difference is between the form factor & hardware power. Besides, I don't see any reason as to why a smartphone cannot have a file manager. My 7 year old Nokia 3110 classic has one, & it's not even a smartphone. I don't have an ARM PC(my phone excluded) & I have no intentions of purchasing one. 
  • Going by that logic all iOS devices are Macs then!!! PDAs running Windows Mobile on MIPS hardware could, theoretically, have Windows NT 4.0 installed on them, would that make them into a PC? No, it wouldn't!!! I do understand the difference, I understand it better than you do to the point that Smartphones are called smartphones because they do more than dumb or regular phones. Unless you're calling ALL phones PCs? I'll just ask this, do you take a PC call or a Phone call. Also why can't I play Crysis 3 or run a full version of Office on my phone if it's just a PC. Maybe Microsoft should rename WP8.1 to Windows PC Phone 8.1 then!!!!
  • users of smartphones (and even PCs) shouldn't need to know that their content is even stored as files, unless they're managing the system. File managers are a hammer... and when the only tool you know how to use is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
    there are better solutions than this, I'm dissapointed that MS gave up.
  • And I'm glad that they finally gave up. Should have given up long ago.
  • This is an extra that can be downloaded if you want it. That's a good way to do it IMHO as those who want a file manager can download it, those who don't can carry on as usual.
  • w000t!! Looks gorgeous! Much better than these tacky third party solutions.
  • Any suggestion that out will be possible to create private or hidden folders? I hate locking my phone but certain info shouldn't be available to anyone else who picks it up.
  • I'm tired of people saying that I won't use it or it's not for me etc.. Just shut up and embrace the features that they add instead of saying for me it's not needed. Just don't use it and be quiet! DANG!
  • +920
    I am so tired of zealots.
  • This.
  • I'm tired of people saying that they're tired of people saying that they won't use it or it's not for them... just shut up and... nothing more
  • How about hls streaming? Is it comming to wp? It is the only thing that is still missing. I can't watch my favorite live tv stations on wp, but i can on ios and android.
  • maybe android and ex-android users will shut up now   never heard an ios user complain about the lack of file manager in iphone
  • Android users don't generally complain either, Android doesn't ship with one pre installed and I never hear any of them complaining.
  • Sorry but it was Android phones with versions 1.x to 2.2 doesn't have file manager pre-installed however v. 2.3 (Gingerbread) and after phones do have file manager pre-installed and that's how the "no file manager" complaint started against Windows Phone.   Also pardon me if I get any info wrong as I'm a former Symbian phone user who transitioned to become a WP user, I never used a Android phone from the time when Google bought the OS until my sister gave up her old Galaxy S II for a Note 2 LTE so I started using her old Galaxy S II since last year and don't know anything about Android OS that much at all.
  • Every Android 2.3 device I've used never had a file manager pre installed, are you sure it was part of stock Android of an addition that Samsung added?
  • Maybe you're right, file manager for Android is indeed a Samsung add-on, so unless someone who owns a Android phone of another brand and proves us wrong, your conclusion is correct.
  • I guess you never used or heard of Microsoft WM, the OS that dominated the smartphones market.
  • lol dominated?
  • oh yes please, add this and WP will be complete for me
  • Next a real folder system then it will be just right...
  • It's coming as a separate app, just like on Android.
  • I love Lumia 520 .
  • About time...
  • don't need it myself but glad its coming as it will quiet a lot of complainers.... then they can move on to something else. wasn't surprised this wasn't in the update itself. too power user. make it an app and call it a day. good judgement call.
  • The file manager looks useful. I have't used the notification center very much, but this could be part of my daily routine.
  • I am waiting for this for a long time let see how much it is capable of
  • I'll wait on this. The third party choices were too convoluted.
  • Quelled? I will be quelled only when I can access the root of the file system, and run regedit. Quelled, indeed.
  • But, what is the difference if there is OneDrive? I mean it has no sense for me.
  • Eureka!!!
  • Now just integrate this FileManager with the Email application,, pls... pls... pls So i can select files on the phone/sd card for email attachment.
  • Well I've got a t-shirt for asking this...
  • WOW!  It looks sexy too!  I love that little <phone icon> \\ folder name at the top hehe :D
  • Great, now can we all, pro or against file manager, STFU about it until this thing is released!
  • if one can also open and automagically send one-multiple selected files directly as an attachment to an email, or share on social media or other platform, then yes, they've got it right for me.
  • It better show us previews of the photos and allow us to organize things by date, file size etc as in Windows. Otherwise I won't use it over the current third party offerings.
  • Curious what the smiley will be in the upper right corner ;)
  • Just wish file explorer gave us more control over our phone like android does
  • Another one?  Go back to Android and quit driving to screw up Windows Phone.
  • Seriously, go on back to Android if you want Android.  Geesh.
  • Android hasn't innovated since 4.1, and doesn't seem to be anytime soon. Come talk to me when you get something that wasn't in the last three versions, and when they fix the problems that have been plaguing the system since 1.0 (you know, like the whole damn system being a bulky useless JVM.) Maybe ART will fix it, maybe it won't, but as is my Android always stays in my back pocket, and my 1520 and my iPhone fight daily for the coveted left pocket that my main phone sits in. 
  • Kinda ugly!
  • I probably won't use it, but I know some who will.  Always good to have options, amirite?
  • Looks like onedrive
  • I really hope this adds the option to attach files to emails from within the email app and without using a link to the file.
  • Finally...release it with the official 8.1 version
  • I just wonder when we transfer a photo via Bluetooth where does it get saved. I tried couple of times and I was not able to locate it. Finally, I transferred it via WhatsApp.
  • You're kidding, right?  SAVED PICTURES.  I use this frequently.  Very obvious.
  • Exactly! I remember doing it before on my phone but now its not showing up on my L720 with Preview 8.1. After I received the file I click done and tap to view where it asks to search for an app in the store to open the file with no recommended app at the end. To be precise I transferred the photo from Nokia N79 to L720. I did not connect L720 to PC, may be its hidden in the memory card but not showing in photo hub.
  • Edit: It got fixed. The problem was with WhatsApp on N79, it changed the file extension to .noname, so when the photo was transferred it was not showing up in photo hub. After deleting .noname it worked on Lumia 720.
  • Nicey nice!
  • I can't wait to have it, never bought any app because I knew it was coming soon.
  • Good good good, MS is going in the right direction
  • I don't get it , why is it a big deal to have a file manager ?? I had it on my Symbian phones back in the day and I never used it
  • Well, I had a symbian phone before this and I used it ALL THE TIME.
    But I haven't felt its need on WP though.
  • What did you use it ALL THE TIME in ??
  • Why the fuck are they not integrating this into the OneDrive app
  • YEAAAAAAAAAH! FINALLLLLLLY!
  • Is there a scope for app lock?
  • It's about time, bring back a feature that was standard on the old Windows Mobile devices
  • It seems that there is nothing new in this file explorer, pocket file manger is a better option.
  • Now everyone can stop crying about this.
  • What i like most in windows phone 8.1 is that, now i can sideload unlimited no. Of dev and cracked app on my phone,so I dont need to buy any app or game.
  • For real?
  • Ya
  • Follow these steps
    1. Remove all dev apps from phone and remove sdcard and restart phone.
    2. Install two dev apps on phone via windows phone power tools or xap deployed 2.0
    3. Now insert sdcard and move the 2 dev apps to sdcard using storage sense.
    4. Again remove sdcard and restart phone.
    5. Now install any other 2 dev apps.
    6. Again go to step no.3 and repeat the steps for unlimited no. Of apps and games.
  • In other words, steal. 
  • In other words hacking.
    How does Microsoft expects , its budget phone users to buy all those expensive games and apps.
  • No, ScubaDog got it right, stealing. Saving up your money for them instead of pirating them is the right way to do it and you do know that those apps won't run anyway as installing them checks the store to see if you have the right to use them on your device, don't you?
  • I have installed more than 20 paid apps and games on my phone,and they are running with charm.Those apps are cracked by developers so store doesn't check anything.
  • Even the games which are only available for 1 GB ram ,such as mortal combat 4, GTA sa, amazing spider man etc are running on my device with 512MB ram.
  • YESSS!!!
  • Will I be able to browse my window network drives with this? It is very frustrating to lack tho feature on my Lumia but have it on my tablet(legacy explorer)
  • I just hope its not the 'BETA' version.
  • This is a great think, now can easily found things on my cell.
  • Wow this is good news, even though I kind of knew it was going to happen. And I hope they do something about the email app too.
  • Cool o.O
  • I am in May 2014, or is this month not May? Aaah nevermind it could be May 2015. Its had to give precise dates in parts of that forest!? That aside this one of the most welcome addition. Wishing they could make Xboxes options rather than in your face.
  • Maybe the official file manager app will open more possibilities when dealing with emails and attachments? I've downloaded a few file managers for WP8.1 and I can now finally attach PDF files to emails. But I can't seem to save PDF files FROM emails. I have to open them in an app and then they are saved from within the app.
  • Does anyone else notice Cortana in the top right corner???
  • DAMN RETARDED WINDOWS PHONE I ALREADY DITCH IT FOR ANDROID ANDROID STILL THE UNDISPUTED OVERLORD
  • BYeeeeeeeee  
  • Why are you pretending to be a troll?
  • I don't think so. Just like Symbian, Android can fall too just that it's not time yet due to Windows Phone 8.x is still new despite it's two years old now and it can never beat the old, riped Android OS but someday WP can beat Android.
  • Well Lets See The Disadvantages Of Windows Phone: 1- It Freeze Alot. 2- Little Lame Broken Apps. 3- Stupid Black Interface Which Can’t Be Changed. 4- Alot Of Bugs Even In The Newest Updates. Nokia Switched To Android Too In Their New Series Nokia X. Let’s Face It Windows Phone Will R.I.P Before It Begins "Windows Is For Computers Only Not For Smart Phones" IOS Is Also Will Be Dead In The Near Future Final Conclusion Android Is The Overlord OS For All Smartphones.
  • If you hate Windows Phone so much, then shut the f**k up and go back to Android Central. We don't need your trolling here! Your point number 1 is a truly, very and ultra-stupid excuse. Every mobile OS can freeze and even apps on older Android phones freeze for a short time before loading. 2. Windows Phone don't have fart apps that 55-100% malware infested and their apps aren't lame, they're slowly starting to apps that Google biasedly paid developers to make them Android and iOS exclusive. 3. The black background was meant for the LCD screens that were used in early WPs. Since Microsoft now allows their WP OEMs to offer AMOLED screens as an option and WP will integrate soon with WinRT we'll have customizable themes but not right now 4. Bugs are unavoidable and don't say that Android updates don't have them as well, the initial 4.4.2 KitKat update also has a more worse critical bug that can allow hackers to destroy your phone from the software side. And please, Nokia X did not run the almighty Google Android, it runs AOSP with HERE and Microsoft's services that'll never belong to Google despite they bought it but to the free Internet. And Android will never be the overlord that you blatantly think, blinda**, it will fall like Symbian, just that when and to which mobile OS of the three we'll never know.
  • YOU CAN’T MAKE  ME SHUT UP I WILL TELL PEOPLE THE TRUTH YOU ALL TRY TO HIDE TO MAKE WINDOWS PHONE SEEM THE BEST OS FOR SMART PHONES BUT YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO THE WHOLE WORLD YOU ARE JUST ANOTHER FAKE RETARDED WINDOWS PHONE FOLLOWER MAYBE THEY HAVE PAID YOU WELL TO PRAISE THEIR OS.
  • NO NEED TO SHOUT. We can all read your shitty comments!!!
  • OH YEA WELL I DIDN’T ASK FOR YOUR STUPID OPINION SO **** OFF
  • Me? Fake Windows Phone fan? I'm a just neutral phone user who use both WP and Android phones and you're just another Android-loving f**ktard. You wrongly accused of being a fake WP fan and falsely exposed me as one with lies. Also better watch what you say because that's not truth you exposed, that's a hurtful and insulting lie and I've already exposed the truth that no mobile OS is perfect and their initial updates can have bugs no matter who developed it and what its name is. Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • I SEE YOU STILL A F**K RETARDED LOSER GO S***W YOURSELF YOU MORON ANDROID IS STILL THE UNDISPUTED OVERLORD
  • Because it's good to have your files on the phone as well in case you have no connection to OneDrive.
  • How are you NOT already able to access the files on your phone?  I can.  What's the big flipping deal?
  • We need an easier way to organize and manage the files on the phone from a single place. A file manager an do more than what separate hubs can.
  • lmao yea.. you do that.  You just keep right on putting your personal info into the all so secure "cloud" 
  • I DO, thank you very much. And when my phone takes a nose dive I won't be whining about missing a thing since I can pick up a new device and immediately have access to everything again.  You people and your tin foil hats.
  • shut up dude, if youve got files that are so toxic you care that an automated bot reads them, stop doing shady crap on your phone. 
  • This looks very similar to Pocket File Manager (which I love) with with less wasted space up top.  Oh, and it probably won't feature a built in "light" FTP server.  Still, I can't wait to have an official solution. Woo.
  • File manager +1
    Still need to be able to add attachments of files on the device to email.
  • WPSystem. WPSystem. WPSys... aww, screw it.
  • Can't tell what I think about the app until I have it in my hands. So far the best file manager on Windows Phone is Pocket Explorer. If Microsoft can equal that I would be impressed.
  • Windows 8.1 and WP 8.1 support a universal apps so which means will file manage app for Windows 8.1 also come soon ?
  • You HAVE one already on Windows 8.1.  Either File Manager or OneDrive.  Sheesh.
  • Guess there's no support for native access to onedrive
  • Apps can be installed on sad card in android, out just depends on OEM.
  • PLEASE tell me that this means WP 8.1 is OTG  capable!   got an awsome  keychain storage I want to use. 
     
  • I just think that's pointless.
  • "We’re hoping this quells enthusiasts who want the maximum control over their devices". he[snowballsChance]ll
  • thats more like it
  • I SO don't see a need for this.  I have never, ever run into a case where I needed to search or move files around on my phone.  The cloud is the place.
  • This actually disapoints me a bit. I liked that WP didn't have a file explorere/manager.
    its like they're admiting they've lost focus on a simple user expierence. File managers solve a lot of problems, but they do it in a really bad way. Apps know how/what files they need and how to present them.  A file manager cannot know why a user needs a file, so it is already a comprimised user expierence. Users shouldn't even need to know that their data is stored as a file.
    Please tell me that users can't navigate to the guts of the phone, like app settings or (gasp) OS files.
  • I don't see what's wrong with apps able to present the folders and files. We have that on PC as well as on Surface. We work with files regardless of platforms. I'm glad that MS is making WP following the Android way to become a more power user phone, rather than the crippled iOS.
  • Is my expectation too high asking for connecting to a samba share? This is a Windows machine, isn't it?
  • Delete other storage..
  • This is exactly what I expected. I have always equated the 'metro file explorer' as our SkyDrive/OneDrive apps in Win8.x. With that correlation if you take a look at our OneDrive app on WP8.x, wala file explorer metrofied on small screens, pretty much identical to what we see here only with a dark themed background. That being said CAN'T WAIT for this local file functionality!
  • Much needed feature!! MS has started doing a good job., 
  • I can sense "future me" spending a lot of time (probably into early hours) delving deep into this file paradise
  • Should quell a lot of users moving from Android to Windows phone!
  • Will this be a Universal App, bringing a Modern UI File Manager to Windows 8.1?
  • They're stressing "May" which means that its definitely coming this month :D   OT: Finally, this may push me one step closer to switching my main number from my iPhone to my WP. Now just crack iMessage like you did to Passbook, Microsoft.....
  • FileEx Can do all of these things in Windows Phone 8.1 Try it. It is amazing. http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/fileex/d1e48e7a-eafe-469a-a7...
  • Human BOTS advertising!! :)
  • Finally, we can clear our phone's 'other' folder with this but it will be up to Microsoft to include full temporary and unsupported file clearing in the 'other' folder, not us users.
  • As impressed as I am with WP8.1, I can't help but think the UI design isn't very efficient in terms of screen usage.
  • WP is finally getting there
  • Poor iSheep...
  • Office needs the ability to make PowerPoint.
  • can i send doc files using this file manager? someone please?
  • Eagerly awaiting for file manger...
  • Microsoft should give option within video player to play videos from various folders in which videos are saved... This feature is available in MX player in Android.
  • Cant thanks Microsoft enough for this...
  • waiting for this no need third party apps.
  • I really think they should integrate OneDrive into that explorer. Also the ability to delete OneDrive photos from the photos hub. If they want WP to be the best and easiest OS, this should really be done. In other platforms it's good to use a dedicated app for OneDrive but since this is WP it should be easier than in other OS to manage your files on the cloud. Also I don't really like that gray square around each icon.
  • I think with the file explorer for windows phone 8.1 , our devices should gain USB on the go support as well, according to previous leaks. Coz obviously to have USB otg u need to have a file manager and Microsoft would obviously not let us have the USB otg support to work in harmony with 3rd party file explorers... This is where the 3 rd party apps will lose ground to Microsoft's native file explorer. Now I know this isn't a feature of that significance but still closes more of the gap by which Windows phone is lagging behind other mobile OS's.
  • Make fast i am waiting sir
  • Please just give us a good music player (without those HUGE space eating headings) and a good mobile to PC app. 
  • Damn it i just hate that the update has shortened integration with some apps for example Whatsapp-I can't share photos from photos hub now.Still abt the file manger finally abt itme.
  • Waiting waiting waiting still lots of app of windows phone are in waiting lists.
  • Nothing Special in it.
  • there we are.. one step ahead of ios! :{D
  • http://www.imore.com/ios-8-wants-files-app-document-picker muhaha X{D
  • Yup
  • More and more Reddit is becoming the place where smart people go. Someone must feel really sad! :D
  • The BEST "feature" about this is that it will shut up all the spamming, whiners who inject every thread with thier self-important complaining.  I'm not sure why we still hear from them anyway, since they threatened to leave the platform last year when there was still no file manager.  I wonder what will be next for them to have a temper tantrum over....
  • If I download something using wptorrent will I be able to copy the download to a folder viewable on my pc? If not then I will probably only install it if/when I need it then remove it again. If I can then that would be useful
  • What I want to know is whether it'll integrate with Cortana. So far there are about 17 apps that do, and a file manager certainly should. Here's a list of the apps that integrate with Cortana so far :) http://wp.me/ppNK4-y5
  • when god gives u lemons , u find a new god !?! .....well, maybe your new god can give u the finger instead cause there is only one god u  dumb idiot, if he gives you lemons that's cause he wants to give you lemons can't live with the lemons then ur a sissy and not tough enough to live this life , so why dont you rest yourself and suicide if u cant handle lemons and leave the stupid ignorant thoughts to ur self instead of making it a status ?!!
  • In the official file manager, can we expect a folder named received files where files received from bluetooth stores in it?
  • Yay!
  • It look like Android's file manager . Since windows file manager should have c: d: etc
  • Um...One Drive?  Can't we assume that your phone will be connected to some type of network at all times?  This would be a perfect opportunity to push One Drive with an SD card option for local storage.  This just seems cobbled together and it doesn't look all that impressive.
  • Expecting the cloud integration and remote access too, which is missing.. In onedrive, we have feature to remote access the desktop HDD. Hope they add it.
  • Will it also support USB???
  • Doesn't look like it can access network share folder.  :(    
  • One thing i really hated about android was how messy the file management was. I really hope that all OS related stuff gets hidden, like it does when you connect WP8 into a computer, but also on the file manager in the phone. From what I can see, it appears the case, which is good. As long as you can download hotlinked files straight onto the phone (like videos and mp3's), all should be very well. WP8.1 is really looking good at the moment.
  • we need this official file manager to compare with other OS & it will be definitely more smooth than other third party file manager.
  • what about OTG! Nawzil8 said it, all fell on the place! lets see about OTG too!
  • WHAT SO GREAT ABOUT IT. IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE.
  • Que buena noticia esperamos que asi sea, una buena aplicacion de administrador y gestor de archivos hace mas sofisticado el dispositivo teléfonico.
  • Will it support USB ON THE GO ??
  • It's 22 may. :D Any chance for this weekend ? :D