We Saw The New Windows 10 File Explorer, And It’s Super Clean


Time is constantly changing, and so is Windows OS. Microsoft is joyfully working on the futuristic Windows 10X, but it doesn’t mean the company has forgotten its existing Windows 10 fan base.

Recently, Windows 10 reached the 1 billion active users mark that Microsoft has been dreaming since 2015. So, to celebrate the occasion, it’s chief product officer, Panos Panay, has shared a new video on his Instagram handle.

The video describes the journey of the Windows operating system over the years. It also gives us a glimpse of the new Windows 10 File Explorer that Microsoft is currently working on.


The updated File Explorer appears for about a second in the video. It carries a clean and straightforward UI that strips off some options and features that people may not use.

If you have been a regular user of OneDrive, you might feel that its web interface inspires the File Explorer. The folder icons look almost the same. And, of course, the fluent design treatment has been given. One might also find similarities with the File Explorer present in Windows 10X.

However, the bad quality of the video Panay has uploaded makes it very difficult to read the text. Maybe, he did it on purpose. But it might be safe to assume that the modern File Explorer builds on top of the UWP File Explorer that’s already hiding in our Windows 10 PCs.

In addition to this, the video shows what all changes have been made to the Start Menu, redesigned Windows icons, and the new options that Microsoft has added to the context menu. It can’t be said which of these changes will actually make it to the public release of Windows 10.

There is no information currently available on exactly when the new File Explorer will land on people’s machines. The closest we can expect is the 20H2 update that is going to release towards the end of 2020.

Aditya Tiwari

Aditya Tiwari

Aditya likes to cover topics related to Microsoft, Windows 10, Apple Watch, and interesting gadgets. But when he is not working, you can find him binge-watching random videos on YouTube (after he has wasted an hour on Netflix trying to find a good show). Reach out at [email protected]
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