Microsoft promises to bring a file browser to Windows Phone 8.1

Daniel Bader

May 3, 2014 8:56pm

During a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) this week, Windows Phone lead Joe Belfiore promised, and even displayed, an upcoming file manager for the platform.

Coming to Windows Phone 8 by the end of May as a downloadable app, Belfiore said that it was one of the many features users have been clambering for since the introduction of the mobile OS in 2010. While the company hides many of the low-level features of the operating system to consumers, the underlying core is similar to the desktop-class Windows 8, and the capacity to transfer, copy and rename files exposed to the internal or external storage.filemanagerwindowsphone-2

Belfiore also offered up explanations for the poor pace of app development, too, and apologized for the lack of big name apps that, until recently, were not available on the platform. He said that an official Snapchat app is on its way, and Facebook will be offering a significant update this June.

He clearly loves his job, even the parts that entail him justifying Microsoft’s third-place position in the app ecosystem. Whether 2014 will be a turn-around year for the platform, with Nokia finally under the Microsoft umbrella, remains to be seen.

  • JB

    Smh….how do they not have this already!?…lol god that OS is weak.

    • Vaub

      There’s some non-official, but no official yet.
      Also, there’s no official file browser on my Nexus 7 and I don’t remember seeing one on iOS =/

    • Tom

      ES file explorer beats any official offerings from OEMs (e.g. the touchwiz browser). Even CyanogenMod’s built-in browser can’t compare.

    • Anaron

      Android doesn’t have that outside of third party apps. Is that OS weak?

    • MikeOxlong

      According to that JB guy, EVERYTHING that doesn’t have a bb logo on it sucks. Lol, mindless minion.

    • Morris Buel

      Ios doesn’t have a file manager on the phone either. People seem to be perfectly okay with it.

    • beyond

      LOL that makes iOS so WEAK!!! (just kidding) 🙂

    • MikeOxlong

      None of the major OS’s have one by default, or if they do its usually restricted to a download and/or media area only. Means absolutely nothing though when you can simply download one of your choice that has the feature set you want and use it however you like.

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  • Martin Chan

    I think the only platform that has an official file manager is BB10.

    But having an official file manager isn’t too important. Normal consumers should not have to use it and if you’re a power user, it’s probably the first thing you download.

    • Nadefrenzy

      My note 3 has a file manager by default.

    • HD Z

      you simply don’t get it

    • Nadefrenzy

      Not the point. I was trying to be facetious whilst also trying to serve a reminder that Android is very open and not limited by just one OEM.

      PS: Good luck beating ES file explorer with any 3rd party or official file manager on any other OS.

    • HD Z

      I rather use a terminal

    • Tom

      ES ftw. CyanogenMod comes with a decent one too but ES is really hard to beat.

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    • Nadefrenzy

      Come at me bro.

  • MikeOxlong

    Unless your an admin or power user, you have no need for a file system file manager. Besides, the only 2 platforms whereby having advanced access to system files will yield anything of benefit is android and jail broken iOS.

  • Tired

    About time. Windows Mobile had a file explorer.

  • HD Z

    Windows 8 should be called Window (without the plural s) since everything is fullscreen displaying a single window a time.

    • HD Z

      wow thanks for the info