Microsoft Upgrades OneDrive's Photo-Handling Abilities
Microsoft is adding new photo-centric features to its cloud storage service, including new automatic albums, and yes, even Pokémon-detection capabilities.OneDrive is rolling out new photo management features across the cloud-based file sync and sharing service's mobile apps and Web experience. Among them are new automatic albums that organize photos without user intervention. "OneDrive detects whenever you take a few photos in a short period of time, in a particular location. The highest quality photos are then selected and put into an album," Douglas Pearce, a group program manager at Microsoft OneDrive, stated in a July 22 announcement. "You are even notified when they're ready to view and share on OneDrive.com, in our mobile apps or via the Windows 10 Photos app." Taking things a step further, each Monday morning, OneDrive will commemorate weekends by creating albums based on photos taken on Saturday and Sundays. Along those lines, Microsoft is also rolling out a feature that will allow users to virtually turn back time. The new On This Day view in the All Photos page uses a timeline-based interface to help users explore memorable events from their past. The All Photos page also gains an improved search function that supports emojis and can find images based on their tags and the locations they were taken.
Other updates include a dedicated view for photos folders that features larger thumbnails, a big header image and revised menu for a more intuitive photo-management experience. On Windows 10, the built-in Photos app features OneDrive integration. When users sign in to their Windows 10 systems using their Microsoft accounts, OneDrive will populate the Photos app with all of the photos and albums stored on the service.