Because of the way it’s built, Windows 10X will ship avoid one, however with two different file managers, an approach that quite a few users might find rather confusing initially.
Technically, Windows 10x can run two different types of apps, because it follows:
UWP apps (modern apps in the Microsoft Store) “natively”
Win32 programs (traditional Windows software) in containers
Due to these two different types of apps, Microsoft chose to offer two separate versions of File Explorers whenever file management is needed, so based on what app you work with, you can end up utilizing a different file manager, because it follows:
New touch-optimized File Explorer for UWP apps
Classic File Explorer for Win32 programs
Obviously, everyone is already acquainted with the present File Explorer given it’s existed for so long, so the new thing in Windows 10X may be the modern version of the file manager.
Built from the beginning to be optimized for touch input, this new File Explorer feels and looks as being a modern app. Those who’ve been keeping an eye on Microsoft’s work lately may have seen the new File Explorer in action already, as early versions of the app previously been bundled with preview builds of Windows 10 shipped to insiders.
The experience with this file manager is rather basic, and you don’t get other things than the basic options to work with your files. The interface is as simple as it may be, but the good thing is it adapts to the theme that is used on Windows 10X – when the light mode is enabled, then File Explorer uses the light mode too, and also the same thing for dark.
The large file icons and fonts utilized in File Explorer show this app continues to be made with one clear goal in your mind: to be used on devices where touch input exists, so users should be able to work with their files with minimum effort.
Right-clicking (or a long press on) a file gives you an easy context menu that includes basic options like delete, cut, copy, share, rename, and properties. You may also move files around with drag and drop.
To tell the truth, this new File Explorer version seems like a work-in-progress, and there is a pretty good possibility this is just what it’s. Given Windows 10X is yet to be finalized, this File Explorer is most likely projected to receive a bunch of improvements before launch too. Within the existing form of Windows 10X, the app feels a bit slow, but this isn’t necessarily something surprising since it’s not really a final version anyway.
File Explorer is currently one of the most-used apps in Windows, despite Microsoft ignoring several top requests. For example, users have been longing for tabs in File Explorer for a long time, with Microsoft at some point promising to create this happen with Sets – an element bringing tabs across the entire OS but which meanwhile was already abandoned.
Since that time, File Explorer has gotten only subtle tweaks, including a dark mode to align using the updated look of Windows 10, also featuring a dark mode, in addition to smaller refinements here there. The core app, however, has always been virtually unchanged through the years, and also the upcoming Windows 10 version 2004 won’t bring any substantial updates either. This new version of Windows 10 has already been finalized, and it is projected to go love production devices in April or May, according to Microsoft’s typical release calendar.