Official Windows Phone file manager delayed to June, to be called 'Files'

A file manager has been one of the most-requested features for Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system, and the company will appease those calls with the release of an official app next month.

According to a post from a company official on Microsoft's Windows Phone feature suggestions page, the app will be called "Files" and will be available as a download from the Windows Phone Store in June. Microsoft's Joe Belfiore, the leader of the Windows Phone team, previously stated the app would arrive in late May.

The inclusion of Files in the Windows Phone Store means it likely won't come pre-loaded on devices unless vendors choose to add it. According to screenshots released by Belfiore, the app will allow users to create subfolders within the operating system and search for specific documents within folders. Users will also be able to move files from a phone to an SD card with the app.

Source: Microsoft via Windows Phone Central | Image via Microsoft

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How disappointing. Yet another app to further fragment my files.

IMO, onedrive should be the ONE place for files. Simple:
- install it by default
- add “make available offline” option to keep files fresh for offline consumption.
- add “This Phone” icon to browse sdcard, IE11 downloads, email attachments, hubs, etc.
- It's already a file manager (if above done), why do we need another one?

As long as they iron out the bugs from the dev preview, 8.1 is going to be completely, utterly badass. It already feels like it, even on my Lumia 520.

I still see reviewers thinking how 512MB of RAM is not enough for "future apps". I am still yet to find it. 512 on ICS back on an older Xperia Tipo was totally useless.

The file browsers will only have access to the 'public' part of the file system and locked down/hidden parts such as the actual OS folders will remain unavailable (as they should, end users have no business there IMO). While I am perfectly happy with that and welcome the file explorers as they are (and several good ones are in the store now) I expect the people previously crying and whining will shift from "there is no" to "it's crippled"

Yeah, I don't understand when people say that "Windows Phone 8.1 needs moar features!!!1"...I think it has pretty much everything that is needed at this point. I guess you can say Windows Phone needs more apps but that burden isn't exclusively on the platform, it involves Google's politics and such.

One feature I'd like to see is an iMessage like service that allows me to see and send texts from any Windows device. On Android it's possible with third party apps like MightyText but being closed, WP needs to have such a feature built into the OS.

It not just google, Nokia and Microsoft has had to make apps for many popular apps, that don't see the Windows Phone market share large enough to justify the development.

It's a nice OS, I picked up a Lumia 900 used, and 521 via Pay as you go on sale at xmas. Neither have phone services (I'm on Sprint), but given me the chance to play with 7.8 and 8.x. If sprint had one of the 1xxx series, I would upgrade. I'm app light with my phone, however I could not use an Windows Phone based tablet. My tablet is very app heavy.

The app store lacking support is not just google, but most major companies.

Regarding the "still a ways to go" comments: Do both of you own windows phones with 8.1 developer preview installed? If so, what specifically is missing? We have an 8.1 phone and it is great. What don't we understand?

you know the one that ios has 2 billion apps and android has 10 billion apps, those stupid comments. did you know that over 30% of ios apps are dead apps?. Windows Phone has all I need and that's all that matters to me. Its fast, fluid, get everything done that I need.

They still have a ways to go, but any progress is good progress.

Don't see blackberry making any big changes to keep up with iOS and Android lately.

Still a ways off. Neat little features like this one will entice the enthusiast. The crowd Microsoft is having trouble capturing are the folks who care about the ecosystem overall.There's a lot more in capturing phone customers than having the fastest processor, most megapixels on a camera, or the highest resolution screen. I must say I do like this feature.

JHBrown said,
Still a ways off. Neat little features like this one will entice the enthusiast. The crowd Microsoft is having trouble capturing are the folks who care about the ecosystem overall.There's a lot more in capturing phone customers than having the fastest processor, most megapixels on a camera, or the highest resolution screen. I must say I do like this feature.

What big features are missing?

I agree with John Brown. Microsoft needs to focus on cleaning up their store on Windows Phone and Windows. It's not a good sign when I'm browsing top apps and I see fakes, web site wrappers, and stuff in Chinese.

But the OS now is solid and feels even on features. I've used 8.1 on a low end Lumia just to play around and it does seem to be pretty good. I will get whatever the next model of 1020 is when it is out.

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I agree with John Brown.
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Haven't used Windows Phone, but I find it strange that developers stay away from it. There are still many windows phones around the world, and if you have a good game, success should be easier to find on Windows Phone, then on Apples appstore or Googles Appstore which are so huge that getting lucky with an App, is just luck, like winning the lottery. And with a Windows Phone App you can reach Windows PC's and Tablets, and Windows Phones with ONE app.
Its also strange that Candy Crush still doesn't seem to have been released for Windows Phone(might be wrong here). Are someone paying developers off to stay away from Windows Phone?