A few weeks ago Microsoft promised a file manager for Windows Phone users and today the company is delivering on its promise. Microsoft has released a new app called Files through which Windows Phone users can access and manage files stored on their devices.
For now the app is compatible only with the Windows Phone 8.1, which is available in newer Windows Phone devices like Lumia 630. However, a developer version of Windows Phone 8.1 can be downloaded on all devices that currently run Windows Phone 8. Microsoft is also working to provide official Windows Phone 8.1 update to all devices running Windows Phone 8.
Files app is free and is available from the Windows Phone app store.
Explaining the functionality of the Files app, Microsoft said, “The Files app allows you to access all the files stored on your phone. If your phone supports expandable memory with an SD card, like the Lumia 1520, you can use the Files app to access files on the SD card as well. You can browse through files and folders, open and search for files that are on the phone or on SD card storage. You can create new folders and arrange your files across those folders using move and copy functions and you can also rename and delete your files. And you also have the ability to share one or many files on your phone with your friends, family or work colleagues.”
When Windows Phone operating system was unveiled in 2010, it lacked many crucial features. It didn’t even support cut and copy-paste of text. However, in the last one year Microsoft has moved fast to fill the feature gap and make the OS competitive with Android, which is lot more flexible and feature-rich.
With Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft added a notification system to the OS as well as a virtual assistant called Cortana. Files app is another effort bring the OS closer to the level of functionality that Android offers.