Windows Phone 8.1 to get new SkyDrive app that also functions as File Manager?

By damaster | Posted December 2, 2013 14 comments

Windows Phone BlueAccording to the official Windows Phone Feature Suggestion Box at UserVoice, one of the most requested feature for the mobile OS is to have the ability to manage files stored locally on the device, gathering more than 77,000 votes on the website since it was posted in 2012. Whilst Windows Phone provides users with limited ability to manage files via File Explorer on their Windows PCs (when plugged in via a USB cable), the ability to do this directly on the phone had always been missing.

However, over a year after the feature suggestion was posted, a Microsoft representative named “Mobile Guru” went ahead and changed the status of the suggestion to “Completed”, indicating that “This feature is now available in Windows Phone 8.”

File Manager UserVoice

This could mean one of two things – either the Microsoft representative had mistakenly made the change; or it is signalling that Microsoft had actually added this feature to their mobile OS, perhaps in an internal build of Windows Phone 8.1 currently still in development.

Update: As expected, Microsoft has reverted the change and stated that it “was mistakenly marked as completed”.

Even if the change was just a mistake made by the Microsoft representative, there have been rumors floating around the web indicating that the file manager for Windows Phone might indeed be coming. According to Twitter user @Nawzil8, who had been quite accurate with leaks of the GDR3 update previously, a file manager might just be around the corner for Windows Phone 8.1:

The user claims that the file manager will come in the form of a SkyDrive app. This approach is very similar to the SkyDrive app in Windows 8.1, which functions as both a touch-friendly file manager for your local files and a browser of your cloud-based SkyDrive folders.

Windows 8.1 SkyDrive app

Of course, given the secure nature of the Windows Phone OS, we expect that only certain directories can be managed with the file manager. Furthermore, another feature suggestion – the ability to store apps and attachments onto microSD cards – may also be facilitated by this new SkyDrive app, allowing users to easily move apps, files and folders between their device’s local storage, microSD cards, or perhaps even choose to sync to the cloud.

Other Windows Phone 8.1 features, such as a “Cortana” digital personal assistant, notification centre, actionable notifications, dual-SIM support, just to name a few, are also believed to be coming soon. It is anticipated the Microsoft will reveal some of its new features during Mobile World Congress on February 24, 2014.

Posted December 2nd, 2013 at 6:02 am
  • James

    Yayyy!!!!! Also, another thing I noticed marked as ‘Complete’ and ‘Now available on Windows Phone 8′ is “Allow a simple flick upward to close applications in the multitasking view.’ Ahhhh this turning out to be a great update :D

  • James

    Yayyy!!!!! Also, another thing I noticed marked as ‘Complete’ and ‘Now available on Windows Phone 8′ is “Allow a simple flick upward to close applications in the multitasking view.’ Ahhhh this turning out to be a great update :D

  • Jumpo

    Personally im a bit sad they’ve closed the ‘custom sounds’ request when they have yet to make it ‘per contact’ for email as they have with phone/sms tones.

  • Jumpo

    Personally im a bit sad they’ve closed the ‘custom sounds’ request when they have yet to make it ‘per contact’ for email as they have with phone/sms tones.

  • Joscelin Trouwborst

    liveside, it seems to me that with the lack of factual stories, you are engaging in speculative stories more and more. I experience these as a waste of time.

    • damaster

      Out of the most recent 10 posts on the homepage, 7 (70%) are articles reporting current news (or what you’d call “factual stories”), so I’m not sure what’s lacking.

      Personally I think posts looking at the future are much more interesting and fun, even if some are speculative in nature (and we do assess the plausibility/validity of each first). After all, there’s enough official blog posts out there already, why would anyone want to read another one that has passed through some company’s PR department? (That said, we still do post them.)

      • Joscelin Trouwborst

        You are right. But, it seems to me that there were times with more frequent stories about Microsoft (Live) services and products. Also, I am reading The Verge nowadays too. Maybe it is that I do not experience Liveside as a distinctive source of frequent info anymore. I cannot imagine that Microsoft does not have serious updates to services and apps before 2014Q2. Standard Win8.1 apps do not cover all functionality of the web apps for the (Live) services. What is going to happen to the Libraries concept. Somehow I get the feel Msft is phasing it out. The cloud services are the heart for all device functionality. Still, the majority of media coverage is device centric. Are you sure that Liveside cannot do better?

        • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

          We can always do better, and appreciate the feedback. Blogging about Microsoft, especially about consumer services is an adventure, to be sure. Not only are far more blogs covering Microsoft services than when we started, but Microsoft itself has been in a state of flux, but that’s what makes it fun. We’re still interested and enthused about both blogging and Microsoft, still feel we have a thing or two to say, and as always are grateful that our readers care enough to read, listen, and respond. We do this for “fun”, it’s not a paying excercise, but it is still fun, and we’re looking forward to the new year and lots of news about Microsoft, devices and services, and lots more, too.

  • Joscelin Trouwborst

    liveside, it seems to me that with the lack of factual stories, you are engaging in speculative stories more and more. I experience these as a waste of time.

    • damaster

      Out of the most recent 10 posts on the homepage, 7 (70%) are articles reporting current news (or what you’d call “factual stories”), so I’m not sure what’s lacking.

      Personally I think posts looking at the future are much more interesting and fun, even if some are speculative in nature (and we do assess the plausibility/validity of each first). After all, there’s enough official blog posts out there already, why would anyone want to read another one that has passed through some company’s PR department? (That said, we still do post them.)

      • Joscelin Trouwborst

        You are right. But, it seems to me that there were times with more frequent stories about Microsoft (Live) services and products. Also, I am reading The Verge nowadays too. Maybe it is that I do not experience Liveside as a distinctive source of frequent info anymore. I cannot imagine that Microsoft does not have serious updates to services and apps before 2014Q2. Standard Win8.1 apps do not cover all functionality of the web apps for the (Live) services. What is going to happen to the Libraries concept. Somehow I get the feel Msft is phasing it out. The cloud services are the heart for all device functionality. Still, the majority of media coverage is device centric. Are you sure that Liveside cannot do better?

        • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

          We can always do better, and appreciate the feedback. Blogging about Microsoft, especially about consumer services is an adventure, to be sure. Not only are far more blogs covering Microsoft services than when we started, but Microsoft itself has been in a state of flux, but that’s what makes it fun. We’re still interested and enthused about both blogging and Microsoft, still feel we have a thing or two to say, and as always are grateful that our readers care enough to read, listen, and respond. We do this for “fun”, it’s not a paying excercise, but it is still fun, and we’re looking forward to the new year and lots of news about Microsoft, devices and services, and lots more, too.