Windows 8.1 App Watch: Explorer8

File management in the Modern UI has come a long way from the barebones days of Windows 8 release. You can now find a variety of Metro apps on the Windows Store that allow you to manage the files on your computer or device.

Some even take this functionality to the cloud. But there are only a few that make the task a cinch. For a file management app to really shine it not only has to be feature rich, but nicely designed too.

Luckily, this one fits the bill on both counts. Explorer8 is a premium app that brings powerful file management right into the Metro environment in Windows 8.1. And it does so with a confident flare.

First, a look at the official description:

“Explorer8 is a modern and beautiful file and folder explorer/manager for your Windows 8 and 8.1 PC with lots of great features. Navigate through your computer without compromising the abilities for both touch and mouse+keyboard PCs.

This app lets you copy/move/rename files and folders, preview the contents of common file types and in general, manage the files and folders of the system.”

As noted above, the app is high on features and functionality — and better yet, it is regularly updated.

The latest refresh, for instance, that just went live brings vertical scrolling in Snap View, pan and zoom options for video preview, the ability to play media in the background (nice), along with options to select a range of files by holding the Shift key. Trivial stuff on the desktop, but much needed in Metro.

This paid app retails for $4.99 and a free trial is available for those interested. And it supports all versions of Windows 8.1, x86, x64 and ARM.

Click here to check out Explorer8 on the Windows Store.