Files For Windows Phone 8.1

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There’s been a lot of changes made in Windows Phone 8.1, depending on who you talk to some good, some bad, and some that need to be worked around.

Recently Joe Belfiore went on REDDIT and revealed that Microsoft would release a native file explorer, which a lot of windows phone 8.1 apps are already accessing, as a stand alone feature app. True to his word, last week the app became available in the store, and as you would expect, it mirrors the design of a lot of the system, so that it feels fluid and not as if you were in an app at all.

What it doesn’t do is allow you deep access to system files, you know, the sort of files that you might accidentally delete and whoops, broken phone. That’s a responsible move on Microsoft’s part, and in keeping with their closed system.

Files is a free app for managing files on your Windows Phone. By using this app you can: • Access files stored on your phone and SD card • Browse, search and launch files • Easily share one file or multiple files • Create folders to organise your files • Copy, move, rename and delete files

You can though manage files on the phone proper and the SD card if your phone supports one. Create new folders, move, copy and paste, delete files, in general what you would expect. Even better, you can run an executable, .xap file from within a folder on the phone. While a lot of people will not need the ability to do this, it is a boon for developers looking for feedback on apps in progress who do not feel ready to run a full blown beta through the store, or do not have access to a PC running the Windows Phone SDK. Oh, and it’s free!

You can download Files [not the most imaginative name, I wonder if it will be integrated into the OS in the future] from the Windows Phone store HERE.

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