File Explorer (previously called Windows Explorer) helps you work with files and folders on your OneDrive, PC, and network. I think it is one of the most used application with over billion users. The last major update it got was in Windows 8 OS with the addition of ribbon UI for common tasks, such as copying and moving, creating new folders, emailing and zipping items, and changing the view. Even though File Explorer is great and powerful, its UI is not optimized for modern touch based devices. When using File Explorer in devices like Surface Pro 4, you often find it difficult to exactly touch the options you are intended to. With Windows 8, we had OneDrive modern app which allowed us to use it as a File Explorer to browse through the files on touch screens. With Windows 10, Microsoft has removed OneDrive app, so there is no official way from Microsoft to browse through your local storage.
@HUGEMSFAN Yes we are working on a total update of file explorer! Can't articulate schedule yet. You are right.
— peter skillman (@peterskillman) March 18, 2016
Microsoft is aware of this problem and they are working on it. Peter Skillman, GM of Core UX for Windows Desktop revealed that they are working on a major update of file explorer that can be used on modern touch devices. He didn’t provide any timeline on when we will see this in the Windows Insider builds, but keep in mind that it is coming.
Hopefully Microsoft can manage to modernize the app without making it less powerful or more cumbersome for both touch and mouse and keyboard users.
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