Microsoft rolls out worldwide full-resolution photo and video SkyDrive backup

Microsoft rolls out worldwide full-resolution photo and video SkyDrive backup

Summary: Microsoft said on Thursday that the SkyDrive service was being extended to include the rest of the world, but warned it might take several days for it to reach some countries.

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Windows Phone 8 users around the world are now able to save full-resolution photos and videos on SkyDrive, Microsoft's cloud storage platform.

It was previously only possible to upload full-resolution photos and videos to SkyDrive if you were using a Windows 8 phone in: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States. 

The announcement, made in a blogpost on Thursday by Aaron Sauvé, a senior program manager on the Windows Phone camera and photos team, explained that it could take a few days before the feature was available in the new markets. 

"As you can imagine, backing up high-res photos and videos involves a lot of data," Sauvé wrote in the post. "To ensure we could provide a quality experience in each market, we deliberately took things slow and planned a staged rollout of the feature."

To activate the feature, Windows Phone 8 users must first tap Photos > More > Settings > SkyDrive and select the "Best quality" option.

Sauvé warned that users must also have a wi-fi connection if they want to upload full-resolution photos to SkyDrive because of the sheer amount of data transferred. 

The Windows 8 mobile operating system is available on Nokia, HTC, Samsung, and Huawei handsets, among others. However, Windows Phone and Windows Mobile Devices still only accounted for six percent of the 227 million phones shipped worldwide in the last quarter of 2012, while Android and iOS accounted for 91.1 percent. 

Topics: Windows Phone, Microsoft, Mobile OS, Mobility

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  • Thanks for the tip

    I just made those setting adjustments on my Lumia 920.
    Sir Name
  • Microsoft rolls out worldwide full-resolution photo and video SkyDrive back

    Six steps , another example of making it diffacult to do something and probably just another portal for Malware
    Over and Out
    • You really

      never have anything good to say about anything they do, do you?
      Michael Alan Goff
      • I see that he trolls alot which I don't understand

        What are these haters so worried about that they would trade in the opportunity to have a genuine discussion for the negative replies that they always post? You can tell most of them are adults by how they say their piece, but that piece is always at a stupid kid level mentality.
        DontUseGoogleAtAll!
      • Michael Alan Goff.......NOT TRUE

        I liked W-3.1 & W-98
        Over and Out
        • Oh

          You liked a product over ten years ago.

          Not a fan of XP? Office of any type? Seven? The Xbox (or 360)? Their rather good accessories (mice, keyboards, etc)?
          Michael Alan Goff
    • Ohhh

      Zzzzz. What? Another dumb comment? Complainer.
      Gisabun
  • SkyDrive, Microsoft's cloud storage platform

    you want to be safe then get a sd card and back your phone to it it will be safe they will just get your data stole again and again and again they did my
    ttx19
    • -GASP!-

      "you want to be safe then get a sd card and back your phone to it it will be safe they will just get your data stole again and again and again they did my"

      You mean they totally did not ever to before even?! At least tell me they didn't accidentally over in between to the into up until after! HOW DARE MICROSOFT TRY TO AGAIN AND AGAIN GREATLY ENTIRELY AND STEAL THE NEVER EVEN BEFORE IT COULD BELOW!!!!!

      Well, at least they didn't accidentally the whole thing...
      Ndiaz.fuentes
    • Errr.....

      First. Learn how to type in English. Some capitals, periods and commas would be useful.
      Second, who stole your data? Microsoft? Someone hack your account?
      I don't think Micrtosoft gives a crap of what you have. If the latter, what kind of dumb password did you use? 123456? Password?
      Gisabun
  • Wrong terminology!!

    Windows 8 Phone, Windows 8 mobile!!! Its 'Windows Phone' 8!
    Chirag Joshi