Microsoft today updated its OneDrive service with four new features for its Web app as well as significant improvements to its Android app. You can check out the former at onedrive.live.com and the latter by getting the latest version from Google Play.
First up, the Web app now has bigger thumbnails for your photos and videos. Microsoft has also added videos to the All Photos view, which should make it easier to find and watch your clips, but without a name change the category will be rather confusing.
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Microsoft says it has improved video playback in this release, but wouldn’t say how. As well, the company has added support for more browsers and mobile phones, but again wouldn’t offer any details.
Next, you can now set a cover photo for a folder by selecting the image you want, clicking Manage, and then selecting “Add as cover.” OneDrive automatically creates rotating covers for your folders to show you what’s inside, but this gives you a bit more control if you know which one will help you remember.
While OneDrive already lets you publish photos to Facebook, this update brings the same ability for videos as well. Both are natively published, meaning your friends can see (as well as comment, like, tag, and so on) the content directly on Facebook without having to navigate to OneDrive.
The last change to the Web is in regards to collections. OneDrive lets you share individual files in a folder as a group, but now it has gained the ability to add more items after you’ve already shared the original folder. Navigate to your Shared view, right click on the group that you want to modify, and select Add.
Finally, the Android app has received a bevy of new features, but unfortunately only for Android 4.0+. Here’s what’s new in version 2.5:
- Share files and folders by inviting people, sending a link, or sending files to another app.
- Update View and Edit sharing preferences.
- Select multiple files to download.
- Move files and folders.
- Sort files and folders.
In short, this is a massive update for both Web and Android. If you weren’t sure about OneDrive, this is is a good time as any to give it a shot.
See also – Microsoft SkyDrive becomes OneDrive, gets camera backup for Android, real-time co-authoring, and easier video sharing and Microsoft increases OneDrive for Business storage from 25GB to 1TB per user, including for Office 365 ProPlus
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