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Microsoft OneDrive adds super-intelligent searching of document text

Mark Hachman | Jan. 29, 2015
better find the ones you're looking for. It also adds an attractive Albums feature for photo management, and camera backup for your DSLR, too.

Microsoft also will make it easier to actually get your photos into the cloud through a new "Camera Imports" folder, which will be rolling out over the next month. Once you connect a camera or USB stick to your Windows 7 or 8 computer, photos will be automatically siphoned off and stored in Microsoft's cloud. Likewise, if you snap a screenshot on a Windows 7 or Windows 8 machine, it too will be stored in OneDrive--a feature that's already in Windows Phone today. 

Microsoft is also going to start sending you Weekend Recap emails that include a summary of the photos you shot during the week.

Albums bring photos together
Finally, a new Albums feature will allow you to take photos and manually group them together. It's basically a photo-optimized folder that you can store online. Unlike the normal OneDrive slideshow view, Albums will display photos edge-to-edge, and fill your screen with the photo once you zoom in. (Unfortunately, when I tried it, it crashed my browser.)

At this point, it's unclear how OneDrive's Albums view, as well as its search capabilities, will intersect the Windows 10 Photos app the company showed off last week. Photos now culls images from OneDrive, but it's unclear whether you'll be able to manage Albums in the app itself, or do the sort of advanced search that OneDrive now allows. We'll simply have to wait and see.

 

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