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Windows 7: all new way to view, manage, and share photos in OneDrive

28 Jan 2015   #1

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all new way to view, manage, and share photos in OneDrive

This has been a busy and exciting time for all of us on the OneDrive team. Last week, we unveiled more features coming with Windows 10 including how you can use Cortana to search your 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知 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池e 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稚 really offered our users a great way to experience those photos. That changes today. With the update outlined below, you値l have new ways to get your photos in OneDrive. They値l also be more beautiful. They値l be quicker to find. And, more importantly, they値l 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池e 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痴 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 鼎amera imports folder, and similarly, we値l let you automatically save screenshots that you take to a new 鉄creenshots folder. The screenshots will still save to your clipboard like you池e used to, but now you値l 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 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致e imported from your PC or saved from your email. And we致e 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.

Unlike traditional folders, Albums let your photos stand front and center. Thumbnails are larger, photos are edge-to-edge, and everything is arranged together into a beautiful collage. When you open a photo, it now fills up the whole screen. Information details are still available, but from a pop-up menu, so now your photos stand out like they were always meant to!

Albums also let you bring photos and videos together from anywhere in your OneDrive. You don稚 need to copy files from other folders. That means you can easily create an album using photos from your phone in your camera roll folder, your camera in your 摘uropean Vacation 2012 folder, or from your email, with the photos you saved to your attachments folder. And even more, you can also add to your albums after they致e been created and shared.
We致e also made sure that the people you share albums with will have a great experience. They値l see the same beautiful Albums view that you see from their desktop, on their phone in the mobile browser, or even in our mobile apps. Albums will be coming first to the web and our iOS app today, and Android and Windows Phone are coming soon.

A new and smarter way to find your photos

In addition to making your photos experience richer visually, we致e also made progress in making it smarter by empowering you to actually do more with them.

We致e partnered closely with Bing to help OneDrive users quickly find what they池e looking for from You can now search for Office documents and PDFs by text inside of them and photos based on time, location, or text that is extracted from images themselves. You can also search for photos based on tags both ones you manually created and ones that we致e automatically identified.

With the help of Bing and Microsoft Research, OneDrive can now automatically recognize content in your photos based purely on the visuals, and what that allows you to do is really amazing.

Our users will have access to automatically grouped collections of photos and they can easily search for specific ones. You値l be able to quickly find things such as 菟eople, 電ogs, 努hiteboard, 澱each, 都unsets, and dozens of other terms. This makes it even easier to add your photos in to presentations for school, to relive a specific memory, or to share something important with all of your friends on Facebook.

From the new Tags view, you値l be able to see your top tags including both manually and automatically-generated ones. And what shows up today is really just the start. The database of tags will continue to grow over time, and we池e working on new and innovative ways to utilize this information to help you be more productive, find your photos more quickly, and help you make them better.
If you池e interested in learning more about how the technology works, take a look at this article from Microsoft Research.

and to recap and share them with friends

In addition to making it easier to get your photos and videos in to OneDrive, we池e also exploring new ways to help you engage with and share them. The first of which will be our Weekend Recap emails, which are just starting to roll out.

Imagine that you were the photographer at a friend痴 birthday party on Saturday or that you just finished a remodeling project at home over the weekend and you took a bunch of photos to capture your work. OneDrive will automatically find those photos and send a few of them to you in an email. Not only will you be able to enjoy them again on Monday, but you can quickly send them to your friends or family for them to see as well!

We値l look to do more with these types of emails and notifications in the future, as we want to make it easier for you to relive the memories that you have saved in OneDrive and to share them when you want to.

Enjoy and keep the feedback coming

This starts rolling out on web and iOS today, with updates on Android and Windows Phone not far behind. We hope you池e as excited about these changes as we are. So go check out the new photo experiences and let us know what you think on UserVoice.

Douglas Pearce
Group Program Manager, OneDrive

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