At Ignite this week in Atlanta, Microsoft teased a new feature for OneDrive that looks very similar to placeholders; a feature users loved when it was available with Windows 8.
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Last night, Microsoft updated OneDrive for iOS, providing iPhone and iPad users with a new files-centric user interface, folder sharing for work and school accounts, and more.
While Mac users aren't exactly known for saving money, a recent price hike at Evernote has some users scrambling for a more affordable alternative. And now Microsoft is offering them a way out, courtesy of its OneNote Importer tool.
For over two weeks now, I've secretly made a major change to my daily workflow and have been using as many Microsoft mobile apps on PC, tablet, and smartphone as possible. And my relative levels of success speak volumes, I think, to the state of Microsoft's mobile efforts here in mid-2016.
For over a year now, I've been recommending Google Photos as the ideal service for backing up your smartphone-based captures. But Microsoft was clearly listening, and in recent months, it's improved OneDrive to match the Google Photos features I enjoy so much.
While I often focus on the gadgets and other hardware I use when traveling, I've also come to rely on a number of mobile apps and services. Here are a few that have proven invaluable on my current trip to Paris.
Stung by the superior functionality in services like Google Photos, Microsoft has begun to improve OneDrive to follow suit. And one Google Photos-like feature I've started noticing in recent days---automatic photo albums---is just one of a handful of recent OneDrive updates.
This is a bit random, but three readers have asked me the same question over the past week: What do I use to backup my PCs? It's a great question.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft won't force you to use Cortana on Xbox One, Microsoft starts downgrading OneDrive's free storage to 5GB, the new Moto G is now available, and Nintendo is releasing a mini Collector’s Edition NES that includes 30 classic games
Yesterday, I received two related emails: One, from Evernote, explained that my free account was about to become a lot more limited, and that I'd need to pay for features I'd been getting for free. The second was from Microsoft, providing a solution to my Evernote problem.
Microsoft has long pushed a "better together" strategy where its users see big benefits from using two or more of its products and services together. This week's initial release of the Office Online extension for Microsoft Edge offers such a tie-up.
For years, I managed digital photos much like digital music, replicating the collection across multiple devices and to the cloud to ensure that our precious memories were never lost. But in a recurring theme, smart phones have changed everything. And it's time to adapt to this change.
This week, Microsoft announced its May updates for Office 365, which include deeper Skype for Business integration and new Outlook and Visio capabilities. Additionally, the firm revealed a new Insider build of Office 2016 for Windows.
Microsoft has supported both consumer and business OneDrive accounts in its OneDrive mobile apps for some time now. But thanks to a recent update, you can also use the OneDrive sync client in Windows 10 to access both account types too. Here's how.
If you sign-in to your Windows 10-based PC or device with a Microsoft account, the personal photos and videos you store in OneDrive will appear automatically in the Photos app. But what if you don't want that?
No, these are not the placeholders you're looking for. But Microsoft last night released a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app for OneDrive, providing those with Windows 10-based PCs, tablets, and phones with a way to view all of the contents their OneDrive storage.
Microsoft will be releasing the OneDrive UWP app this quarter but a specific date has not been announced.
The good news? Windows users are about to get placeholders back. The bad? This functionality is coming from Dropbox, not Microsoft's OneDrive.
The other day I noted that Microsoft had begun emailing customers who were impacted by its decision to reduce free OneDrive storagefrom 15 GB to 5 GB. Well, they're emailing users who were not impacted by this change---because they opted to retain their previous 15 GB storage levels---as well.
Microsoft has begun emailing OneDrive users who qualify for a one-time-only offer of a free year of Office 365 Personal. This offer is only being made to those users who were using more than 5 GB of OneDrive storage when Microsoft announced it would lower the free storage allotment on the service.
Today, Microsoft announced improvements and new capabilities in its OneDrive for Business sync, browser and mobile experiences, as well as new IT controls for administrators. These include updates to the Next Generation Sync Client that was released in December 2015.
Like the new Skype and Mail apps, I have managed to get my hands on the new OneDrive UWP that should be arriving soon with Redstone builds of Windows 10.
In a leaked build of Windows 10, Microsoft is testing up new backup option for OneDrive including scheduled backups.
A few tidbits from around the web: how I spent my weekend, skewering today's Apple special event, a price cut on the Lumia 950, a plan for digital Xbox game buy-backs, Microsoft adds OneDrive to its bug bounty program, and Xbox team apologies for treating women like dirt.
Microsoft today unveiled a new sharing experience for OneDrive on the web, simplifying the experience with more obvious choices.
(More than) a few tidbits from around the web: Teens react to Windows 95, Microsoft Phone Sign-in Beta for Windows 10 Mobile, a Halo game sale, Bill Gates on Reddit, OneDrive for Business roadmap, some quick Lumia 650 thoughts, and more.