New File Explorer UWP app for Windows 10 on the horizon?

By: Vamien McKalin
2 minute read

By now, it’s obvious Microsoft wants to change the whole look and feel of Windows. Several changes have been made with Windows 10, and even more after the Anniversary Update. There is still work to be done, and from what we have come to learn, Microsoft could be working on a UWP file explorer app to replace what we have right now.

According to a source who spoke with WindowsBlogItalia, users will be able to do all the basic things currently available in the default File Explorer experience. Users should be able to access files that are available in Quick Access, sort items by date, size, or name, and navigate between files and folders. It should also be possible to rename files and folders, move content from one area to the next, along with viewing their properties with the updated version.

The source claims the app is not yet publicly available for download but could arrive within the next few months. With that as a possibility, interested parties can download and sideload the app right now. Bear in mind the app is untested which means there will likely be a ton of bugs and even be malicious content, so keep an eye out.

We originally thought Microsoft would just make changes to the File Explorer app available for Windows 10 Mobile, make it UWP, and then throw it out to Windows 10 users. Now, it appears this is not the case as it seems to have been built from the ground up.

At the end of the day, Peter Skillman, General Manager of Core UX for Windows desktop, stated back in March of this year that Microsoft is hard at work on a “total update” for the File Explorer, even if he did not give a date as to when users should look out for it.

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