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Microsoft ‘completes’ user feedback requests for new file manager and more, but what does it mean? (Updated)

Going into Monday morning and the world is aflutter with talk of Microsoft’s User Voice feedback forum. Specifically, some user-requested features like a file manager, swipe to close an app (like on Windows 8) and storing apps on the SD card have been relisted as being ‘completed’.  The requests, submitted and voted by consumers, can only be closed by an administrator, in this case someone named ‘Mobile Guru’.

One of the requested features is “Add File Manager to Windows Phone”, which has had over 77,000 votes, another is “Allow a flick down to close applications like you can on Windows 8” while a third that is now closed falls under “Store apps & attachments on external storage and improve/provide micro SD support”.  All three are now listed as complete and are “available for Windows Phone 8”, though of course that is not true.

Some people who have tipped us have inferred that an “app”’ is coming in the Store for the File Manager, others have concluded that ‘Mobile Guru’ is talking about Windows Phone 8.1, which has not been acknowledged by Microsoft.

As far as we know, there are no impending releases for the Windows Phone Store, meaning a ‘file manager’ app is not something we’re actively looking to download any time soon. For features like “flick down to close applications” or installing apps on the micro SD card, an OS update will be needed. Once again, that would have to be in a Windows Phone 8.1 release, although we have had zero confirmation or reports that this is indeed the case.

It’s a bit unusual that Microsoft would “confirm” new features for a forthcoming OS that has not yet even be announced. It’s even more inaccurate to suggest that these features are “…now available in Windows Phone 8”, since for current users that is not the case. Windows Phone 8.1 isn't expected to arrive until after February 2014, putting the OS on an early spring release schedule--that's still some months out for any new features for users.

We’ve reached out to Microsoft for an official comment on these changes on User Voice but for now, we would caution readers to not read too much into this. Then again, the notion that Microsoft would add features to a major OS release should not be too surprising.

Update 2PM ET: Microsoft has now corrected the website and note that these features were "...mistakenly marked as completed"

Source: Microsoft User Voice 1, 2, 3; Thanks, everyone, for the tips

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Second :P and yes ots gonna be awesome next year :D

x I'm tc says:

These features are not, to my mind, awesome. They are, rather, essential. These are "bare minimum" kinds of features that should've been there years ago.

I will be very glad to get them, but only because WP is basically broken, as is. These are just the tip of the iceberg of what is needed to make WP competitive.

blackprince says:

Of course you're right. WP8 is a broken OS, completely unusable. How did anyone with WP8 even navigate to this site without a swipe to close gesture on their phone. Hyperbole is your enemy.

MikeSo says:

Haha. Perfect.

 

While these features are great for managing the phone, they are not essential at all.

krAnthi209 says:

Installing app on micro sd card might be useful when there is low internal storage like 8gb in lumia 720...cause im facing the problem

MikeSo says:

Of course it's useful.

jonaths1204 says:

yeah. htc8s which has only 4gb internal memory, That sucks.

WPhoney says:

The guy made good points, with or without hyperboles....which you, too, used yourself. Classic case of the lame trying to mock the crippled.

Actually he was being sarcastic, not hyperbolic. There is a huge difference.

Classic case of the uneducated trying to mock the educated.

ProTip: Snark isn't your friend and can be used against you as well.

hwangeruk says:

I've been using WP for 2 years. Not once have i needed a file manager.

Clodderes says:

As long as I can use my WP comfortably, which is true, I won't say it is broken.

Metaru says:

I love the file manager app on IOS. Oh wait . . . I love the speed dial option . . . Oh wait . . . You know what I love, idiots telling me what is essential. I have a WP cause I like it more than the others and no one can tell me otherwise. I've used every OS extensively and they all have their merits.

Jmh89 says:

Right on!!!

No matter what phone you use, there WILL be something your unhappy with!

lubbalots says:

I love my WP but there are certain aspects that could be better or improved as found on other platforms or more less found in wRT. Though I prefer wRT- multitasking and being able to run two apps on screen. That would have made my 1520 a "real" phablet.

Gemmol says:

my dog destory mines for m lumia 1520 so i am hoping i can win an replacement nokia micro usb to charge my device

 

 

Raesu says:

No VPN. How fail is that. I move to china soon and I'll move to iPhone because I need a damn VPN. Seriously the windows phone team this year did next to nothing for the OS. Fm radio? Close apps in multitasking? Fail...we still can't even see battery % in the status bar.

Yea. They are slow. But keep calm bro.. Lots of stuffs are coming!

GMJeff says:

I have the FM radio on my Lumia 1020 running WP8, just have to plug in a pair of headphones or a patch cable of some sort, so it has an external antenna for reception.

The closing of apps will come in WP 8.1 (Blue) as has already been mentioned and shown previously, just have to wait a little longer.

As far as the battery percentage, all you have to do is tap the top area of the screen and it slides down into view. Most apps don't do this, as far as I know, to allow for a full screen experience with no icons distracting the user.

Also, keep in mind that your wants may not be the same as someone else, so saying something is a fail may not be appropriate to anyone other than yourself and a few select others.

MikeSo says:

What version of WP8 do you have? I have Update 3, and it has FM radio and close apps in multitasking.

 

But I agree that the lack of VPN is a horrible oversight. I think it's more important than any of the things mentioned in the article.

CX1 says:

The comments MS has made about VPN lead me to believe it is not standard support. I really can't f-ing believe the phone still does not support it.

VPN is expected around 8.1 as well.

Raesu says:

I was rumored for GDR1...then GDR2...

spcdog says:

Or, you could assume that Microsoft is listening and those things are coming in 8.1 (which has been touted as a big "feature" release like Mango was). See, it works both ways. Obviously they've completed more than 3 features in the past year, we just don't know what they are yet. If it's still missing VPN by the time you move, then diss away. But it's not very constructive to try and throw it under the bus before the bus has even arrived.

koenshaku says:

You are right Raesu, I would like to attach files from my skydrive to existing emails and have a windows phone sync tool that actually syncs playlist as well. It is very sad everytime I look at the iPhone I left behind though I see that I can't go back. If they release a device with a larger screen though I can see myself picking one back up though.

sahib lopez says:

i know right its so broken i cant do anything /s

So get out of here and go to ios or android and stop crying. No o e is forcibg you to be he

Sin Ogaris says:

Chill, he was being sarcastic.

Zulfigar says:

You know, ther was this one time that I got the WPCentral app from the Store and typed a message with the on-screen keyboard while at the same time Skyping someone, helping them with Demon Defense... wait, sorry, wrong area, this is about a "broken OS," my bad.

Completely agree with you. It's a shame that such a beautiful OS has been so far behind. And so slow to catch up, let alone try to exceed or innovate.

koenshaku says:

It is a shame....

MaXi32 says:

Guys!!! Check your phone for update now. The 8.1 is released!!!!! Installing....
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jk.

jaymin00 says:

Yuppp.pls pls bring these features.ms will be complete after this update

rubenbest says:

Maybe its that they see the flicking down to close apps as a request to be able to close apps.. If so he should change the way they close these "tickets"

gmlongo says:

I'm sure that's what this is.  They just closed it because apps can now be closed.  I'm guessing they won't be adding swipe down support.

korg250 says:

You both are right. They do this all the time at the uservoice. Go see a 'weird' closed request and all the complains that comes after that.

Hopefully all of these and more comes along.

WinFan1 says:

Cuz I wrote wow 3 but it pushed me down all the way here. :'(

Nawzil says:

Coming with Windows Phone 8.1

But why make these requests as "available" if 8.1 is still months away from that?? Maybe a official announcement today about this features becoming available in the next version?

There is no official announcement coming today or anytime soon.

Daniel Rubino, 

Like said two time before, I guess Xbox Music app, that will replace the current video and music app, will allow people to acess their video library (one of the missed features for whatsapp and etc) like nokia video upload has it.

It is probably that has a kind of manager (music, video) and the picture hub (picture)...

MaXi32 says:

I guess that's a marketing strategy. 

tgr42 says:

The reason is that Microsoft sees UserVoice primarily as a convenient and fun outlet for trolling their most loyal and devoted fans.  How else can one explain this behavior?

sasukeluffy says:

Why do they say 'Now available in Windows Phone 8' then?

Nawzil says:

Most of the requested features that are closed and marked as "This feature is now available in Windows Phone 8." are not actually available on Windows Phone right now. Most of them will come with the Update 3 (GDR3) as we already know, and the rest of them including FIle Manager will come with Windows Phone 8.1

As Daniel said above, Microsoft will not announce this officially yet until they announce Windows Phone 8.1 in 2014.

File Manager is surely coming with Windows Phone 8.1

http://www.liveside.net/2013/12/02/windows-phone-8-1-to-get-new-skydrive...

Nik Rolls says:

I don't think any extra features will come with GDR3 than are already in the preview; usually they will shut off features way before releasing the update, so they can ensure stability and extensive testing.

Nawzil says:

I didn't say any extra feature will come with GDR3.
But extra features come with Lumia Black.

Nik Rolls says:

You said GDR3, not Black. And Black only brings Nokia-specific features anyway, no OS-level features like those on User Voice.

Nawzil says:

I was actually talking about the features of GDR3 that are already announced. And those features are marked as "This feature is now available in Windows Phone 8." but they are not available yet as GDR3 is not released yet.
Click on the hyperlink on my post above and see.

Nik Rolls says:

Thanks Nawzil, I understand what you mean now.

If Microsoft doesn't make a unicorn fly out of a rabbit's ass with Windows Phone 8.1, I think a lot of people will switch to other os's including me.

Don't let the door hit you on the way out :)

Yea dont stay here if you dont. If you know so much make your own os and take over the world

Andreas H says:

Parteek just just wrote the most obvious sarcasm post ever seen on the internet and you missed it!!?? Oh lord!

Bloobed says:

Pretty much. Although, I do prefer the vertical app list to the grids on other systems.

neel07 says:

Appsolutely...,patiently waiting for the update or jolla sailfish.

Marco Gomes1 says:

What an idiotic comment. Why did you buy a windows phone in the first place? Some peoples children...

aafa says:

Seriously! If he's already on the fence about WP and is waiting "patiently" for 8.1 with extreme hopes, get out already!

neel07 says:

Yeah ..,been using Windows phones for last couple of years...,sad, its taking Microsoft a hell lot of time to bring in essential features that even a basic feature phone has

K_lando says:

I bought a Windows Phone because I've ALWAYS owned WinMo and WP products.

I bought a Windows Phone because of the possibilities of a seamless computing experience between Windows PCs and mobile devices.

I bought a Windows Phone because of the possibililities of a shared cross-platform experience between Xbox, Xbox Live and mobile devices.

How is MS doing so far on those 2 areas?  Pretty abysmal if you can be honest about it.  

At this point, I only really stick with WP for 3 reasons:  Hardware (Nokia), Metro UI (which is really superficial) and Skydrive.

 

Skydrive is the true star of MS if you ask me.  Its the one piece of gristle that even barely connects all your MS devices.  If it wasn't for Skydrive, there's would be almost zero overlap between MS products.

 

Thats not to say Android or iOS is better, or even doing those things at all, but those were things that were supposed to make Windows Phone more appealing and stand out.  Without those things, I could be doing everything I do now via Android/iOS. 

Loling out loud...

pmartineau says:

Yes Windows Phone should be more appealing and stand out to beat the competition.

MS have every pieces W8.1, RT8.1, WP8, Xbox OS, Office, outlook.com, SkyDrive, Skype… but MOST of them don’t work well with WP.

I like my nokia 920, but I can’t sell it to my friends. The first feature of WP in the metro tile, but it doesn’t work well for 3rd party app. Skype is not well integrated. Why can I share my IE bookmarks between WP, my tablet and PC? Where is the notification center …

I don’t want to change for ios or Android but I want MS to fix the basic stuff so I can help promoting WP and RT.

I don’t want MS to copy ios or Android. I want MS to be better in all categories, starting by fixing the basic.

1-    Fix tile update for 3rd party.
2-    Add a “notification center”
3-    Integrate Skype! Look how Google integrate voice to ios and Android.
4-    Update OS without carrier approval…was not a MS promises? 
5-    Make it the best mobile OS!

I don’t think I’m asking a lot. When was windows phone 7 release? October 21, 2010! 3 years!

 

I like that last request.  Make it the best mobile OS!

neel07 says:

We bought Windows phone to increase the user base and as Nokia is involved ...,Microsoft needed people to increase its user base,so that devs would jump into the ship....,but alas Microsoft is not at all concerned about the plight of Windows phones users.

iamoniwaban says:

Yes we will, android is releasing kit Kat soon.

MikeSo says:

You can switch right now. Why wait?

captainqtp says:

I require a Unicorn to fly out of a Gryphon's ass. On Tuesdays. After 3pm.

neo158 says:

Keep in mind that Microsoft hasn't responded yet so until they do this isn't official.

JohnCz says:

I wouldn't be surprised if their uservoice account was breached.

That would be awkward for Microsoft if that happened, they wouldn't be able to say "Sorry we were not going to release that feature" so unless this is legit, Microsoft is in the corner.

Jas00555 says:

So cool
Such features
Many awesome
Wow

So awsome
So cool
So Troll
Many cool
:P LOLZ

Steephill says:

Such try
Many fail
So want
Wow

Many features

So cool

They think

We fool

WOW

Miistercoool says:

Weird, one thing's for sure we should definitely get the saving apps to SD card option, that's extremely important, especially for low end devices which don't have much space on the phone itself.

mighty_stag says:

+820 or even mid-range

Agreed. I love my Lumia 521, but coming from the HD7 with twice the storage has been rough. Biggest app is Spartan assault and I don't want to delete it because its Halo on a mobile phone. Installing to SD would be helpful since I bought a 16gb right after I bought the phone.

morpheus1982 says:

If I understand you correctly, once the functionality to install to sd card is available, you could reinstall it without losing your progress as it saves to the cloud.

The cloud save I know. Just waiting for the ability to have apps on the SD card. Android does it and I don't see any performance lag as it has been explained to me that it does.

KoreyTM says:

Please let this all be true. Please.

fpontos says:

Wow Microsoft is going in the right way? I wait to see these updates!

link68759 says:

I hope the flick to close comes, but I recently used ios7 and noticed that it copies the WP task switcher down to the last pixel, and includes flick. If WP includes it now apple will probably sue for infringing.

KoreyTM says:

Flick to close in a task switcher has been around since the Palm Pre. Everyone's just been copying the card interface that they created.

twelvetudors says:

Please stop saying dumb things like this. WebOS had a card interface for multitasking before WP, iOS's multitasking interface is not identical to Windows Phone's, Android had a swipe to close before iOS, and Apple and Microsoft share patent license agreements so they can't sue.

Stop saying stupid crap like this. It's not clever or funny, it's not factually accurate, and it males you look like an idiot.

link68759 says:

It's not dumb or inaccurate given apple's track record.

This. Didn't apple sue Samsung for something completely stupid like a similar design or was it because they used a touch screen? I don't support apple in anything they do and hope they start dwindling so other platforms can be successful. I mean, how many times can you make they same phone and put a different number/letter on it and call it revolutionary/must have/innovation? Samsung should stop making their processors and see how well they do then.

twelvetudors says:

Yes, it is both. Apple couldn't sue Microsoft for it even if they tried. Notice how only Windows Phone and iOS have a bounce when they reach the end of the list? Stock android has a glow and other skins have different reactions. That bounce is patented by Apple, and yet WP uses it. Apple can't sue Microsoft until they start making iPhones.

drozdpatrick says:

Then MS should take apple to court for "color" infringement.

I lold at this. Saw a green/seafoam/whatever 5c at WalMart last week. Good luck with that Nokia ripoff Apple.

Windows Phone 8.1 is going to be AWESOME, especially if these features are attached to it. 

keezdriver says:

These updates would be fantastic but those of us on AT&T are still waiting for GDR3.

DJCBS says:

No one with Nokia devices has yet received GDR3 (except those of us who got the preview through the developer program). This time AT&T is not to blame. It will be when the update comes out and they take 4 months to deliver it ;P

Ticomfreak says:

Except those with Lumia 1520's (not me, unfortunately)

The blame is always NOKIA. Because of she the AT&T firmware update for GDR2 was delayed so much... And because the new modifications (the black ones) this will happen again...

marcomura says:

Every time Microsoft adds a feature after reading a countless of "you don't need this" in forums like here, I get a confirmation how dumb fanboys people said that were.

Andr3sfc says:

Exactly, my friend. There're many stupid fanboys here following a "I don't need it, don't want it, so it shouldn't happen" line of thinking - a pretty ignorant one, I might add -, showing their complete lack of knowledge regarding consumer/product relation.

MaXi32 says:

and the funniest comment: "At least I can make a call".

Most of them don't really need to use a smartphone, they belong to Nokia 3310 users with stubborn and indestructible head.

dalydose says:

I'm sure they are just combatting the moronic string of "completely useless" hyperbole from the negative posters.

Hoping for some kind of official confirmation.

Yeah, I got all the emails by uservoice telling the ones I voted for got completed. Also, why no Rum'ometer?

Because! I dont know why :P

KoreyTM says:

I agree. I'd like a Rum O' Meter rating as well. Maybe one will go up when WPCentral receives a comment from Microsoft?

rockstarzzz says:

..because this isn't a rumour? This is something that happened and nobody knows what. When Thurrott or Foley writes something about it as a click bait, the rum-o-meter will kick in I guess..

Long Syntax says:

As long as they (MS) can keep the UI implementation consistent and part of a unified vision (meaning not looking like an afterthought) I welcome all such feature updates.

Guys,Great news....Check for updates.......................................,,,
.....................................It says your phone is up-to-date.

kjnoel says:

Lmao. My heart skipped a bit there.

link68759 says:

Better SD support would be great as I'm sure I don't need to explain to my fellow 820 owners, but something they need to add is "scan and fix". I know it's there in the core already, there's just no interface for it yet.

About once a month, some WP background processes crashes while working on the SD card, and subsequently the card is forcibly unmounted. (Or a few times it randomly said "SD card unmounted" while in my pocket doing nothing). Then WP refuses to use the card until I stick it in a PC to scan for errors. There are never any errors, and the PC cleanly unmounts it, allowing WP to use it again.

This is one of a hundred things where WP has dependence on PC. Free us from our shackles MS!

compassstl says:

What brand of SD card is it, and what format (e.g. exFAT, FAT32, NTFS) is it on?

lpforthewin says:

This has happened to me once too

wapoz says:

Hopefully we can search all those files now that there is a file explorer.

Kieta says:

PATCH TUESDAY! :)

o Aperture o says:

I'm placing my bets on this either being done by mistake, or Guru's UserVoice being hacked and someone tagged these as "Completed".

Seems really weird for Micrsoft to tag these as "completed" late on Thanksgiving Sunday.  They normally do things during normal business hours.

I'm calling "bogus" until there's a decent clarification.

morpheus1982 says:

+HTC Windows Phone 8x....hmmmm...doesn't quite work...

max_blunk says:

Yeah, Windowsphone is full of surprises!!! Can't wait for this and next announcement!

pranayhotkar says:

Windows phone with an integrated file manager...wow!! MS should name it windows phone explorer ...
And also there were reports that popular apps like flipboard,path,temple run 2 ,fifa '14 coming to windows phone store in mid-december.. :)

Credo93 says:

They need to integrate the file explorer into the search button, now that would be epic.

Am I the only person who thinks the "mobile guru" means the update to the settings > phone storage in GDR3, which would make sense with the "close background apps" being completed at the same time.

rockstarzzz says:

When I got that email on a Sunday night, I knew Mobile Guru has had way too many happy hour cocktails on the Sunday evening. There is no other explanation for this. This isn't the "shut up and ship" approach and this isn't something Microsoft does. Also Microsoft tends to not acknowledge features to users for years and this is instead total opposite, acknowledging something exists when it clearly doesn't. I did think like many others, close apps was closed because of the X feature in GDR3. But still other two emails telling me those features are closed, didn't make sense at all. I hope Mobile Guru gets paid for those cocktails!

md_minhaj says:

Or it might be a case of hacking.. ;)

twelvetudors says:

Yes, it is both. Apple couldn't sue Microsoft for it even if they tried. Notice how only Windows Phone and iOS have a bounce when they reach the end of the list? Stock android has a glow and other skins have different reactions. That bounce is patented by Apple, and yet WP uses it. Apple can't sue Microsoft until they start making iPhones.

Neo Nuke says:

You're right. Cheeky. +925

killer rin says:

...Microsoft and Apple Cross Licence their entire patent portfolios...

jedibeckett1 says:

Paste into the dialler was also marked as done

avigyan says:

That IS avaiable actually!

jedibeckett1 says:

I know, i tried it this morning when i got the email.

Nik Rolls says:

Wow I didn't notice that. Been waiting for that feature for so long.

bonjoo says:

Microsoft is SLOW!

DJCBS says:

There could also be a misinterpretation when it comes to the "file management". Although most of us knows that what we're request is the ability to move files from within the phone OS (like it happened on Symbian and other OSs for years), the person who closed the thread could have read it as "a way to manage the files". Meaning, the possibility of connecting a WP8 device to a PC and manage stuff from there without the use of that pain-in-the-arse that was Zune. If that's what it read, then it's normal they said it's available on WP8.

Anyway...lets see what happens. We all should know by now that Microsoft works so fast that they're the ideal company to call death to come and get us.

guillams says:

Dude! That came with wp8 launch, so why to mention it now, a year later?

jmerrey says:

Sounds like some type of miscommunication between forum admins.

msualum says:

Won't be happy until they officially announce the assistant is called Cortona!

iSwitchin says:

The custom sounds for SMS, MMS, Email Notifications etc is closed, too.

Those are in gdr3 already. As are text tones for individual contacts.

Mamacita42 says:

Don't forget make ringtones directly from the music hub that's what my email said

Are every suggestions being approved?

thaman04 says:

Another one that got completed was "Allow a simple flick upward to close applications in the multitasking view.'   Ahhhh this turning out to be a great update :D

To those that are unsure about this, it's rumoured these are for the latest internal build of Windows Phone 8.1.    It says "Windows Phone 8" because that's the marketing name.  Microsoft never refers to "Windows 8.1", but says "The new Windows" or "the new Windows 8", or if they do reference 8.1 it's in text not a logo.    Also, the guy that leaked details on GDR3 (which ended up being true) is confirming this too:
http://www.liveside.net/2013/12/02/windows-phone-8-1-to-get-new-skydrive-app-that-also-functions-as-file-manager/

Neo Nuke says:

I'm not gonna lie, because all this is exciting of course, but I can't help bit to feel let down when they mentioned windows phone blue in early 2014, then spring 2014, and now Nawzil says Q2 2014. This is atrocious and slow and is too long in technology to wait for catch up and new features, I guarantee google is already sniping the new features by corporate spying.

"Spring 2014" is "early 2014", so is "Q2 of 2014".
There all coincide.

Nawzil says:

Exactly. Spring 2014 is Q2 2014.

Daniel Rubino, 

Like said two time before, I guess Xbox Music app, that will replace the current video and music app, will allow people to acess their video library (one of the missed features for whatsapp and etc) like nokia video upload has it.

It is probably that has a kind of manager (music, video) and the picture hub (picture)...

Marco Gomes1 says:

For me, none of these "features" make any difference, ok maybe a file manager, maybe. I don't have SD on my 920 and I've got no problem whatsoever tapping the X instead of swiping down to close the apps. Nevertheless, I can understand how some users would find better SD integration useful. Swiping down to close the apps... Is it so hard to tap the bloody X???

you cant think of it in terms of just your specific device, this is about the OS as a whole

So for those of us who just picked up the 16gb 1520, apps on sd would be HUGE!!

djayshaggy says:

Got a close notification for 'create ringtones directly from music hub'

Neo Nuke says:

Hopefully they know how to close out things correctly and not simply closing out stuff they feel they know they'll never do or consider complete with a similar approach

rohitsingh says:

Was a windows phone user for 2 years, got bored switched to nexus 4, got bored in a month, convinced my gf that the nexus was a 'great' phone and OS, exchanged with her 920. Happy with her 920 now. :) Look forward to the next update.

Welcome back. Have been on windows phone since 2010 when it launched.

Sean D. says:

I really hope and wish MS would ignore the requests of people who clearly have app or OS envy. There is no need for a file manager on WP. The only reason I

think people keep crying for it is because they have seen it on another OS.

 

Its pretty pointless though.

thaman04 says:

A file manager is actually useful to many people who work with lots of documents and files on the go, it would also allow us to attach more file types to emails.  According to the rumour, it will be the SkyDrive File Manager app (like in Windows 8.1).  Which would be great!

NightWatch71 says:

I know quite a lot of people who left the platform because "there is no file explorer" I'm not going to be using it myself but people do want it. So why not?

Ultimateone says:

This is kinda ridiculous

thaman04 says:

Why?  I think it's great news.

Ridiculous coz.. They mentioning "It is now available in Windows phone 8". It will be Great if MS even clarifies.

kjnoel says:

Not so. Check the dates... January 2012 and the article was closed as complete in October 2012.

benny142 says:

It seems some smartass hacked in !! 

thaman04 says:

Actually, it's pretty reputable... plus the guy who leaked GDR3 details before (which were all true) confirms these too (see source in this article)... looks like 8.1 will be a mega update :D
http://www.liveside.net/2013/12/02/windows-phone-8-1-to-get-new-skydrive-app-that-also-functions-as-file-manager/

ScubaDog says:

I think we have to be careful not to take those announcements on face value.  For example, it's very plausible that Microsoft is counting the addition of the "x" that allows you to kill running apps as the "answer" to the "swipe to close" request.

RayWP7 says:

Well, I certainly approve of all of those. Not deal breakers, but would appreciate them!

drozdpatrick says:

"X" What about "new window"?

05Paris says:

I have learned updates come when updates come.  In the meantime I just enjoy what I have and what I have I enjoy.

Corvodin says:

This is either someone's act of supreme trolling, or someone had a little slip of the keyboard when closing the threads. 

 

Chris Yahya says:

Nawzil confirmed it coming in wp 8.1

NightWatch71 says:

This means we get to install apps on SD card right? Because wording is not exactly clear on that request.

Patience my padawan :)

Chris Yahya says:

I think so. Wait, i'll ask Nawzil on FB.

Nawzil says:

What did he say? :P

Chris Yahya says:

File Manager is coming with Windows Phone 8.1 update that will be released to all #WP8 phones in Q2 2014.

#FileManager #WindowsPhone8.1

Oh wait wait. You're Nawzil.

NightWatch71 says:

Well, they can still give us a file manager with limited capabilities and no option to install apps on SD.. Since not even you mention it clearly, I take it as a no.

Nawzil says:

You are right. It will be limited access with no access to system or program files.
It will be just like what appears when you connect the phone to PC.

NightWatch71 says:

Thanks for clarification. I guess I will have to upgrade to a phone with bigger internal storage.

Chris Yahya says:

But can rename, move, likely windows explorer?

Chris Yahya says:

okay.... sadly cant install .xap files directly from file manager in Lumia 920 :(

it so helps me in Indonesian. In Indonesian, Wifi is very very very rare, not like other countries like free wifi everywhere in Japan, etc

but i have computer with good connection (300 KB/s, 3G speed) so i hope can transfer downloaded .xap files from windows phone store via PC and transfer via USB data to my lumia and i just open file manager and click "install" on file .xap...

 

Pardon my english actually.

gevabar says:

Why is the notification look so bad.... Graphics are bad they need to be more creative with that

Aryan Angel says:

1. Swipe down to close app = the ugly X button.
2. File manager = a third party app called file explorer.
3. Storing apps and attachments in SD card = storing .XAP files in SD card.
That's their solution for our problems.
Goodbye windows phone. Hello andr- wait, I don't have enough money to buy a decent android phone that doesn't lag :(

Good bye! Btw u mentioned one Android feature why I hates Android a lot.

thaman04 says:

File Manager = the awesome official SkyDrive file manager app on Windows 8.1 that lets you manage your SkyDrive and Local disk.... nice try though, buddy.  Plus with it being an app (unless they are changing the way they can make OS updates), it allows them to update it more frequently.

wow you really don't get it do you

Madhu T C says:

Bye Aryan, all the best ;):P

Chris Yahya says:

No lag? Heyyy i have one.
My android boot to homescreen pnly takes up 3 seconds, and no lag. And its free.
And antutu score is 44.000
Using Android emulator by GenyMotio :p

patrickwee says:

Need to be more precise , that fellow said its available in windows phone 8 , but its wrong is 8.1

thaman04 says:

Windows 8.1 is still considered "Windows 8"... so technically "Windows Phone 8" is still correct, it's just an internal build of Windows Phone 8.1.

nam vo says:

I believe this is for MS internal checklist, what they have done so far. Regarding "available for Windows Phone 8", win 8.1-> 8.9 is still windows 8

MaXi32 says:

what else do you believe? please share.

Angy Ortiz1 says:

Honestly I love my windows phone but microsoft has to add some features that are necessary in an OS. There should be a way to close all apps at once and something else, im tired of those colors in my phone screen, i would really like to set one of my pictures as a wallpaper also. The music player sucks compared to iOS or android. I would like to make folders for my apps because it is a pain in the ass when you have the main screen full of apps.

baron1996 says:

I believe u dont want wp

Madhu T C says:

WP is completely different UI. Stop asking features of other phones. Nobody is stopping u from buying iPhone or android phone :P

Purvatya15 says:

Woohoo
Hope it flushes in wp 8.1

Fiann says:

My guess is that the closing is not swiping to close but rather the close button in the task switcher in gdr3.

Rubios says:

Too little too late.

Chris Yahya says:

Better than nothing.

GERO ZERO says:

I hope to see..

- They open up the video API so apps like Whatsapp can pull videos from phone library as an attachment.

- Orientation lock built in into the core OS so users can easily lock or unlock orientation if needed.

- Able to beam media over DLNA as core function, NOT through an app...something like what iOS is doing with airplay.

- Being able to scrub through music.

Rem97 says:

THIS^ Also, add scrubbing through videos to the list.

neodoru says:

Q2 2014?! Wow, why not Q3 2090? Take your time dudes!

mjparc says:

Hahaha , 

But With the prewiew version we will be able to upgrade sooner than before .

neodoru says:

Not sooner than February anyway.

Marek P says:

+Surface2

 

Great features...needed...but where is the notification center and toggles which are more needed?

blazian24 says:

Why don't we have a slider/seek for videos yet!? This is my #1 request.

I get the feeling you will all be sorely dissapointed. I get the feeling the "File Manager" just refers to the option in settings. The flick to close just refers to the X we have in task manager screen now. The only one that doesn't make sense is the moving apps to SD card. Which may just be this guru guy being obtuse.

kingjah says:

Will anyone state why it's important to them to close apps? I am tapping this out on my favorite ever phone Lumia 928 and I never close apps cause the OS manages it just fine with suspending and tombstoning. Is this maybe more a need for lower end phone with lower end memory capacities?

joe_easton says:

Some of us just like to know there are no apps open in the background.  Also, if an app is not functioning (locked up) a forced close and restart will often fix it.

Bacchus1976 says:

Sometimes apps don't behave properly. Either because the OS is not properly managing resources or tombstoning or because the app is coded poorly. While in a perfect world you'd never need to close an app, this simply isn't the case today. Having the ability to kill an app is a tremendous measure of peace of mind and it also allows for eaiser trouble shooting.

 

The most obvious example is when I occasionally see my battery draining rapidly due to a navigation app running in the background. Another vexing issue is when my phone gets ripping hot in my pocket for no reason, the assumption being that some app or process is spinning unchecked in the background against my wishes.  

pmartineau says:

Another example is when users multitask and want to switch between 2 applications. The users need to browser through many open applications.  I know at one point the 2 applications  will be place at the end of the opened list. but...

Application/task like setting “Bluetooth”… you set it and closes it. Now I set the Bluetooth in the morning and I browser the open app or press on ” <--” in the afternoon and end up in Bluetooth setting again. Why(?)

Swipe the application to close it, is to me a better way. webOS has the best application management. (user interface)

Don’t “read” me wrong, suspending and tombstoning need to stay with a fast way to  close an application.

kingjah says:

Thanks for the clarification. I'm just on my third month into a 2 year contract with Verizon. I've only experienced one hiccup with an App that drained my battery two hours into the day. Just uninstalled it and never had a problem after that. Picked up my Lumia "free" with contract. Love it better than iDevice...But MS will need to up the ante if they intend to be my OS after this contract.

Just got emails from uservoice saying "these were mistakenly marked as completed"

Credo93 says:

Me too, very sad ...

Obscht says:

Same here :-(

Nawzil says:

They were mistakenly marked as completed, but that doesn't mean those features are not coming to Windows Phone.
They are coming with Windows Phone 8.1

Marek P says:

Not holding my breath on that one...
 

freshfelicio says:

I think the suggestions being marked "mistakenly" as completed doesnt mean they wont come in WP8.1, but were just marked as completed too early.

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