Microsoft pushed out this nifty little app recently which does what I’ve been wanting to do for years. It’s called ‘Files’ appropriately, because it manages files on your phone. Android’s been doing this for eons via third party apps and Apple will probably never do it. But I had hoped that Microsoft might someday allow users to dig into the file system a bit and get some stuff done.
Finally, we can do it. Actually, in all fairness, it looks like there’s been at least one third party solution out there for at least a year. But, this official Microsoft app single-handedly makes me regret the fact that my Lumia 920 doesn’t have an SD card slot. That would make this app so much more powerful. But for now, we actually have the ability to move files, copy files, and just manage files the way you should be able to.
Granted the functionality is limited. You can’t see system files for example. You’re pretty much limited to accessing what Microsoft allows you to access. In and of itself, that’s not a bad thing. I certainly like it more than having to rely on an app to properly propagate the files that it can detect on its own. I can think of a few use cases right off the bat, but I could think of more if I had that MicroSD slot. But anyway.
Overall, I’m happy this is finally a part of the OS. Better late than never as they say. It could be more but like so many other things Microsoft has done recently, it’s definitely a step in the right direction. I just wish they had taken this step, you know, three years ago.