Microsoft’s Cache App Is an Internet Clipboard for Everything

Posted on August 23, 2016 by Brad Sams in iOS, Windows 10 with 0

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The Microsoft Garage, an internal development accelerator, is constantly working on new apps/features and today we are getting a look at another upcoming app called Cache. If you aren’t familiar with the Garage at Microsoft’s corporate campus and how apps are built, check out our deep dive into the incubator, here.

Uncovered last night, Cache is a Microsoft Garage project that features an UWP app and a mobile companion app that makes it easier to store and transfer content between devices. Currently, the app (based on the website) only supports Windows 10 and iOS but if this app proves to be a success, it would make sense Microsoft would expand support to Android and possibly Windows 10 Mobile as well.

Cache allows you to drag text snippets, images, web pages, files, URLs, notes and nearly anything else you might need into the app and then instantly have it available on your iPhone. The app is a hybrid of a universal clipboard (OneClip, more on that below) and OneDrive; the app may be using the cloud storage service as the conduit on the back-end to sync the content but we won’t know how the app works until we get our hands on it.

While this app may look like an evolution of OneClip, a true universal clipboard app that leaked a couple years ago, this is not the same thing. In fact, sources inside have told me (and others agree) Microsoft has indicated that the company is looking to bring universal clipboard functionality to an upcoming version of Redstone in 2017.

There isn’t any indication on when Cache will be released but seeing as the website is up and appears to be mostly-complete, it hopefully won’t be too long until we get our hands on this app.

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