Microsoft announced this past week that it has begun rolling out a curiously obvious feature for Outlook.com: You can now save email attachments to OneDrive instead of downloading them to your PC or device. The feature is called Save to OneDrive, logically enough. And it works exactly as you’d expect.
I don’t see Save to OneDrive implemented on my own Outlook.com yet, so I’ll need to go by Microsoft’s description for the time being.
According to the company, when you receive an email with one or more attachments—including documents, pictures, music or videos—you can now save them to OneDrive in just one click: A new “Save to OneDrive” link appears below those attachments. (Previously, the only option was “Download all as zip,” or you could click individual attachments to open or save them.)
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And now, if you only want to save a single attachment to OneDrive, you can click it and a new menu pops-up, letting you choose between If you only want to save an individual attachment, you can do that too–just click the one you want to keep and choose Save to OneDrive from the available options.
On the flipside, Microsoft already offers Share from OneDrive in Outlook.com: that feature was added back in October 2014. To attach a file from OneDrive in an Outlook.com-based email message, choose Insert from the toolbar and then Share from OneDrive.
The converse would also be nice and would be a way to get around the WP problem of not being able to attach a file to an email in WP. I have to send out a few manuals a day and having to go to the computer to do that when I can read the email on the phone (and have the manuals stored on OneDrive) seems silly. It would also reduce bandwidth requirements, as I wouldn’t have to upload the same 1-6Gb files every time. While my particular situation is distinctive to me, I am sure there are many who the general principle of attaching from OneDrive would help.
The inability to attach files from WP is becoming quite a nuisance, that should have been fixed a long time ago.
Paul, refreshing your browser a good number of times tends to give you the new option. Happy F5-ing 🙂