OneDrive update : Introducing an all new way to view, manage, and share your photos in OneDrive
OneDrive, how you will be able to have your music available through Xbox Music, and how OneDrive will work with the all-new Photos app. Today, I’m eager to build upon what we demoed in Windows 10 and announce a number of updates centered on making your OneDrive photo experience richer and smarter. Key updates coming over the next couple of weeks include: adding the ability for customers to curate photos from their phone, desktop and inbox quickly and simply; a new feature that allows you to view, manage, and share photos with Albums; and finally, through a partnership with Bing, customers can now search for their files and photos in a new and exciting way!
OneDrive is the one place for all of your files, and we want OneDrive to be the best place for all of your photos, too. They’re some of the most important and special types of files that we create. They help us document our lives and share precious memories with friends and family. And it is awesome that millions of people rely on OneDrive to be the one place that they use to back up and save their photos. But to date, we haven’t really offered our users a great way to experience those photos. That changes today. With the update outlined below, you’ll have new ways to get your photos in OneDrive. They’ll also be more beautiful. They’ll be quicker to find. And, more importantly, they’ll be even easier to share.
More easily curate your photos from your phone, desktop, and inbox…
We know that your photos are everywhere. You take pictures every day with your phone and capture special events or trips with your DSLR. You archive them all on your desktop or your external hard drive, and if you’re like most of us, you have too many sitting in your inbox, attached to messages from friends and family members.
OneDrive has always made it easy to automatically upload the photos and videos you take on your phone – just use the Android, iOS, or Windows Phone app to back them up. And to make sure you have enough room, when you turn on camera backup, we automatically double the amount of space you get for free. That’s 30 GB of free storage, which is enough for over 12,000 photos, helps you manage the limited storage capacity you have on your phone, and is plenty of space for you to add all of your photos from your different devices.
Over the next month, OneDrive users on Windows 7 and 8 will also be able to automatically import photos from devices that they connect to their computer and easily save screenshots that they take right to OneDrive. This will make it easy to back up photos from your camera, USB stick, or external hard drive to not only your computer, but also to the cloud.
These photos will be saved in a new “Camera imports” folder, and similarly, we’ll let you automatically save screenshots that you take to a new “Screenshots” folder. 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.
And what about all of those photos in your inbox? Well, in case you missed it, earlier this month we made it possible to quickly save any attachment to OneDrive from Outlook.com. We recognize that many people share and receive photos via email. So allowing you to just one-click save them to your OneDrive makes it easier to back up all of those photos and to find them as well.
… and now see them in a new and more beautiful way
OneDrive has offered a single all photos view for some time now. It lets you see your photos from any folder in your OneDrive, arranged together chronologically. This view automatically brings photos together from your camera roll with photos you’ve imported from your PC or saved from your email. And we’ve enhanced this view to show your photos grouped together by time and location, and to let you quickly jump around to see photos grouped by month.
But starting today, we have a brand new way to view, manage, and share your photos with Albums.