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This article was published on January 28, 2015


Microsoft OneDrive update will let you search photos based on time, location or extracted text

Microsoft OneDrive update will let you search photos based on time, location or extracted text
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Microsoft has announced a raft of photo-focused features for OneDrive, which will include an intriguing new search feature.

Due to roll out “over the next couple of weeks, ” the update brings the ability for users to more easily view and manage photos on a mobile device or on the desktop, and a new Album view displays larger, edge-to-edge images in a collage. It’ll also make importing images directly to OneDrive a whole lot easier from Windows 7 and 8 computers; images will be saved automatically in new ‘Screenshots’ and ‘Camera imports’ folders. Screenshots will still be saved to your clipboard like normal, too.

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You’ll also be able to save images directly to OneDrive from your Outlook.com inbox too.

While the visual and management changes will be welcomed, it’s the updated search feature that sounds most interesting.

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Once it has rolled out, you’ll be able to search for Office documents and PDFs by the text inside of them, or photos based on time, location or extracted text. As this uses automatic tagging technology to let you search for pictures of, say, “dogs” or “beaches,” you can also search by manually or automatically generated tags.

Frankly, I welcome anything that removes the need for manual tagging of photos.

➤ Introducing an all new way to view, manage, and share your photos in OneDrive