Microsoft has posted the source code for its original File Manager software onto the internet.
According to TechCrunch, anyone can now go back in time by downloading the 1990s-released software and running it on their Windows 10 devices.
The iconic software is currently available to download through Github with the MIT OSS [open-source software] licence. It is a quick and easy way to relive the drag and drop frenzy of Windows 3.0, without the associated blue-screens of death.
The Windows File Manager lives again and runs as a native x86 and x64 desktop app on all currently supported version of Windows, including Windows 10
File Manager, which was a key element of early versions of Windows, introduced a multiple-document interface that enabled users to view several folders in the same window.
Of course, the interface of this software has transformed hugely over the past two decades, but the source code gives you the ability to trace the roots of the Windows operating system.
"The Windows File Manager lives again and runs as a native x86 and x64 desktop app on all currently supported version of Windows, including Windows 10. I welcome your thoughts, comments and suggestions," explained the author of the Github page.
In total, there are two versions of the source code included in a so-called "master-branch".
The first of these provides the coding for WinFile, adapted for Visual Studio, which will run on Windows 10; while the second contains the author's personal changes to this file.
Most of the Microsoft open source stuff is either trash or completely unmaintained
"I will consider bug fixes and suggestions for minor changes to the master branch. Feel free to create a pull request or post issues as you see fit," explained the author.
"I will not be changing the original_plus sources nor creating other branches for other purposes. You are welcome do that on your own."
Writing on Hacker News, one user slammed the code: "Most of the Microsoft open source stuff is either trash or completely unmaintained.
"Only a couple of high profile projects are maintained and they jam opt-out telemetry in if you like it or not (despite hundreds of comments requesting them to go away).
"Even Scott Hanselman getting involved in one of our tickets got it nowhere. Same strong-arming and disregard for customers."
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