Many smartphone users will never need a stand-alone file manager on their handsets, content to work with files directly though the apps that create them. And for those who do feel the need for such a tool, plenty of third-party options exist – and Windows Phone certainly has more than a few to choose from. But what the platform’s lacked has been an official file manager from Microsoft – at least so far. Four weeks back, we saw Joe Belfiore tease the release of such an app, and last week we heard Microsoft confirm its availability for June. Well, we may still have a little bit of May left to get through, but the company has gone ahead and jumped the gun, announcing Files for Windows Phone 8.1.
The app lets you interact with files both on your phone’s internal storage and any microSD card that’s loaded, moving them around as you please. Copy, paste, renaming, deletion: all the core features we’d expect from a file manager are present. And since this is a smartphone app we’re talking about, sharing tools are built right in, letting you easily distribute files to others.
Windows Phone 8 users who haven’t installed the Preview for Developers will need to wait before you can take advantage of Files, as this guy is WP8.1-only. Really, it’s a little remarkable to see Microsoft making such a big deal about the release of an app that only works with a pre-release version of its mobile platform – a testament to the success of the preview program, perhaps.
You 8.1 users be sure and let us know what you think about Files after downloading and installing; does it meet your expectations, or after waiting for as long as you have, were you expecting something a little more?