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.
Recent OneDrive Stories
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.