Windows 10: You can now get the 90s Windows File Manager from the Microsoft Store

Microsoft has released its relaunched, open-source Windows File Manager starting with Windows 3.0 in the Microsoft Store.

The new application is aimed at fans of the look and feel of the File Manager in Windows in the early 90s. The Windows File Manager was the first graphical user interface for managing and accessing files.

It was replaced by Windows Explorer in Windows NT 4.0, although File Manager is still available on this version of Windows.

Last year, a few months before Microsoft bought GitHub, the company opened up the retro file manager and posted its source code on GitHub with updates to make it work on Windows 10.

The File Manager app for Windows 10 is a labor of love from Craig Wittenberg, an engineer who worked for Microsoft for almost 37 years on everything from Word for Windows 2.0 to machine learning for security and Azure, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Wittenberg copied it from the Windows NT 4.0 source code in 2007 and left much the same look and feel.

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Version 10 of file manager for Windows 10 has VS OLE drag and drop support, while Ctrl + C, Ctrl + X, Ctrl + V are today’s shortcuts for copy, cut, and paste, rather than the old Ctrl + C for switching drives.

A more recent change before releasing the app to the Microsoft Store was the addition of ^ w as a shortcut for shutting down Windows.

App Reviews on the Microsoft Store have been largely positive, leaving it with a current rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

The app was previously available for download on GitHub, but Windows 10 users can now easily install it from the Microsoft App Store.

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The new app is aimed at fans of the look and feel of the file manager in Windows in the early 90s.

Image: Microsoft / Wikimedia

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