Windows Phone 8.1 hasn’t yet seen its official release, but many of us have already gotten a good taste of what this update will bring thanks to the WP8.1 Developer Preview. This update, which was originally announced at last month’s Build 2014 conference, brings quite a bit of added functionality such as Cortana Voice Assistant, a new Action Center notification handler, and improved device personalization options.
Despite all of WP8.1’s improvements, it still misses some key functionality that many power users would enjoy–most notably, a robust, built-in file manager. Yes, there’s no shortage of aftermarket file management apps for WP8/8.1, but having a good first party option is never a bad thing.
Now, Microsoft hopes to rectify this with the release of the new Windows Phone 8.1-exclusive app Files. Files is a free file manager app that is able to access files stored on both your WP8.1 phone’s internal storage and SD card. You are able to browse, search, launch, and share files. You’re also able to create folders and move, rename, copy, or delete files–basically, everything you’d expect from a traditional file manager. Finally, Windows 8/8.1 users will immediately feel at home, as the interface mirrors Microsoft’s file selection UI on the desktop, and given Microsoft’s ability to produce cohesive, high quality interface designs, that’s a good thing.
If you’re a WP8.1 user and you wish to give Files a try, head over to its listing in the Windows Phone App Store. Just be aware that you need to be running the WP8.1 Developer Preview in order to play–but you’re already running it anyway.
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