Most smartphone users want a native local file management utility. Windows Phone users have been out of luck as far as an officially developed utility is concerned. However earlier this month word came from the company’s WP chief that a team was working on a file manager for Windows Phone 8.1. Microsoft has now released that tool, simply titled Files.

Windows Phone boss Joe Belfiore was asked earlier this month if Microsoft had plans of releasing a file manager for Windows Phone 8.1. He replied in the affirmative, even sharing some screenshots of the work in progress. He also said that they expected to get it into the store by the end of May. Microsoft has followed through on its promise and now Windows Phone 8.1 users have an official local storage management utility.

Since the intended function is fairly simple, so is the app. It lets users access locally stored content as well as content stored on external storage cards. Crucial tasks like moving and deleting files and content is support along with the ability to create and delete folders. Just your basic file manager stuff.

Files for Windows Phone 8.1 is free and available for download right away. Those who are still on Windows Phone 8 will have to upgrade, even though Microsoft has only released a developer preview of WP8.1. It is expected to publically release Windows Phone 8.1 over the summer.

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