Microsoft updates OneDrive with new features and UI
Microsoft is giving its OneDrive app a visual overhaul this morning, the popular cloud-storage application will make storing, viewing, finding and sharing photos easier than ever. With Windows 10 just around the corner, there will be a lot of great new features added to OneDrive over the next year, but this new change will be available starting today.
Microsoft will be adding the new abilities for users to manage photos from their phone, desktop or even their inbox with an all new, and very streamlined UI. Customers can take advantage of the 30 gigs of free-space that OneDrive offers on Android, iOS, or Windows Phone, and if those users run Windows 7 or 8, they will be able to import images to their OneDrive account from any connected device on their PC even easier than they did before. This includes a camera, USB, or external hard drive they might have attached; even the cloud.
Camera imports will hit the “Camera imports” folder and you will even be able to automatically save screenshots that you take to a new “Screenshots” folder. Microsoft states, “the screenshots will still save to your clipboard like you’re used to, but now you’ll have another copy that is easy to share and available to you from any device.”
Also released this month was the ability to save email attachments to OneDrive with one-click. The company also introduced “Albums,” which are not the same as folders, offering larger thumbnails that are arranged into a collage. Opened photos goes into fullscreen mode, and details in the photo can be found in a new pop-up menu UI.
“Albums also let you bring photos and videos together from anywhere in your OneDrive. You don’t need to copy files from other folders. That means you can easily create an album using photos from your phone in your camera roll folder, your camera in your “European Vacation 2012” folder, or from your email, with the photos you saved to your attachments folder. And even more, you can also add to your albums after they’ve been created and shared.”
Users will also be able to search for Office documents and PDFs, as well as photos based on time, location, or text “that is extracted from images themselves,” according to Microsoft.
In the announcement Microsoft explained the search process stating, “Our users will have access to automatically grouped collections of photos and they can easily search for specific ones. You’ll be able to quickly find things such as “people,” “dogs,” “whiteboard,” “beach,” “sunsets,” and dozens of other terms. This makes it even easier to add your photos in to presentations for school, to relive a specific memory, or to share something important with all of your friends on Facebook.”
more info and screens: onedrive