Update: in addition to the feature described below, a couple of others have been marked as “solved” (Thanks ImperialDynamics in the comments below): “allow a flick down to close applications like you can on Windows 8“, as well as “store apps & attachments on external storage and improve/provide micro SD support“. The text is the same, which makes us wonder…
Those who use, or know, Windows Phone, are aware that there’s little to no control over the file system, aside from multimedia files and alike which can be copied/synched to devices with the help of companion apps. Windows Mobile was known for not only allowing file system access, but also operation, something which has been dropped in Windows Phone (7, 7.1, 7.5, 7.8, and 8).
A UserVoice forum thread dealing with a specific feature request seems to have received a positive answer. People were requesting a file manager for Windows Phone and the answer is the one you see above, which is: “This feature is now available in Windows Phone 8. And as always, if you think this feature or any other feature needs improvement be sure to create new product suggestions so we can track them all and other users can vote on your ideas. And while we can’t promise to ship every suggestion that gets submitted, we will be sure that our product development team receives your feedback. We’re always listening!”
We’re not aware of this feature’s existence in Windows Phone 8; however, it could be tested internally and pushed out to devices at a later date, part of an OS update. The GDR3 refresh should land soon (for Nokia phones, with the Black update), and, if it will be not included, it could always come as GDR4 (or who knows, maybe a stand-along app in the Store?). The Windows Phone 8 general wording in the answer does not rule out the feature’s inclusion in a future possible Windows Phone 8.1 version. …that, or just a standardized answer (though we wish it was not the case!)
How much would you like a file manager on your Windows Phone? Is it something you can’t live without?