Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Microsoft releases source code for its 1990s File Manager

Theresa Hayes | 11 April, 2018, 02:51

Originally released for Windows 3.0, the File Manager was a replacement for managing files through MS-DOS, and allowed Windows users to copy, move, delete, and search for files.

File Manager actually uses an MDI, or multiple-document interface, to display multiple folders within the main application window. While it's a relic from the past, you can still compile the source code Microsoft has released and run the app on Windows 10 today.

Windows 3.0's File Manager could also serve as a lesson and a seedbed for ideas on what and what not do with Windows File Explorer.

Under the permissive free software license, Girls And Boys, Loaded with the software skills now in Vogue, can compile and run the original File Manager in Windows 10. "I welcome your thoughts, comments and suggestions", explained the author of the Github page.

And now, in 2018 Microsoft has released the first 10 web apps that will be presented to the users of Windows 10.

File Manager was replaced by File Explorer, which is now present and correct in Windows 10. For example, the path index which supports the new goto command only contains information for the c: "drive". Explorer scatters windows liberally across our desktops-we're still waiting for the tabs to organize the clutter-but File Manager never had that problem. However, he says he hasn't substantially changed the design or structure of it.

David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.