Windows Phone users could be in for a file manager and new app storage settings if comments made by a Microsoft employee on the company’s UserVoice website are true.
Rumors of a file manager finally making into Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system surfaced after Mobile Guru, an Administrator for the product’s UserVoice website and, presumably, a Microsoft employee, closed a topic concerning the feature request early this morning. In his final reply on the subject, Mobile Guru concluded that the topic was closed since, “This feature is now available in Windows Phone 8.”
That same users also closed two other topics and cited them as being available in Windows Phone 8. Those features included allowing users to swipe from the top to the bottom of their screen to close applications, like they can on Windows 8, and the option to store apps and app-related data on microSD cards.
Ironically, none of these three features are available to Windows Phone 8 users today. Though some have hypothesized that today’s posts on UserVoice indicate that a fresh app update containing these features is on the way, that’s completely unlikely.
On the surface, it’s impossible for these features to come to Windows Phone 8 as a simple SkyDrive app update like other outlets have noted. Changes this deep would, in theory, require an entire platform update like what industry watchers are expecting Microsoft to announce early next year.
Known as Windows Phone 8.1 or Windows Phone Blue, this coming update is rumored to bring a lot of other features borrowed from Windows 8. Allegedly, that includes a unified app platform for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 users.
Should these features actually make it to Windows Phone 8, Microsoft stands to check off a few more features on the lists of users looking for a secure mobile platform that doesn’t feel like a strait-jacket. Though Apple’s iOS is the oldest of the three largest smartphone operating systems, Apple prevents users from digging into things like the file system to make the operating system more user-friendly.
It’s an approach Microsoft has been happily emulating, even though the Windows Phone OS is sold directly to manufacturers who sometimes require the added flexibility that only Google’s Android operating system provides. Android already includes a user-accessible file system.