Microsoft updates business and consumer versions of OneDrive cloud storage

Microsoft updates business and consumer versions of OneDrive cloud storage

Summary: Microsoft OneDrive for Windows Phone 8.1 users get support for high-resolution photo backup, and OneDrive for Business customers get Yammer 'document conversations' functionality.


On June 3, Microsoft announced updates to both the consumer (OneDrive) and business (OneDrive for Business) versions of its cloud-storage service.


On the consumer side, Microsoft added the ability on OneDrive for Windows Phone 8.1 for high-resolution photos to be automatically backed up. These photos will be available on "whatever other devices you use, wherever you go," according to a new post on the OneDrive blog.

Microsoft also announced a deal via which U.S. customers can print photos from directly at their local Walgreens stores. And the company added a new photos views capability to OneDrive for Xbox One. (Note: As of the June update, OneDrive for Xbox no longer requires an Xbox Live Gold subscription.)

On the OneDrive for Business side of the house, Microsoft officials made available the "document conversations" capability announced earlier this year at the SharePoint Conference 2014.

Document Conversations embed Yammer's social-networking functionality alongside Office apps to make collaboration around documents simpler. User can create new content, like a Word document or PowerPoint Presentation using Office Online and store that document in SharePoint Online or OneDrive for Business, along with the Yammer conversations about those documents.

SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and OneDrive are all now in the same business group at the company.

Topics: Cloud, Collaboration, Microsoft, Storage


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • How about some badly needed updates???

    OneDrive for business makes still sharing files and folders with external persons difficult to implement and, in effect, discourages such sharing by requiring external reviewers to create a Microsoft account in order to connect. These are limitations that Box does not have.
    • Difficult to share? Not for me...

      Just tried this - shared a file on onedrive with my Gmail account; opened Gmail and clicked on the shared link in Opera (i.e. no account in sight) and everything worked smoothly.

      Steve G.
      • Editing does require an account

        But how is that a bad thing? I wouldn't want any random recipient of an email link to be able to edit my file.

        Steve G.
        • completely agree

          editing should require a MSFT account.
        • not random

          Unless you specify that the folders are open to everyone, then a given folder/file is only open to persons that you specifically invite to share this folder/file. You can allow the reviewers to only "view" or to "view and edit". In any case, you are hardly saved from a "random" access by the requirement of creating a Microsoft account. If a person wants access to the file badly enough, creating a Microsoft account is not difficult. Thus, the creation of a Microsoft account is not a deterrent and it is not a security feature at all. It is simply an annoyance.

          If you want to maintain good security, give access only to those who have access and give them an access level that is appropriate for their function. Then, when the project ends, simply terminate the sharing of that file/folder.
      • Microsoft account to share

        If you are using consumer OneDrive you do not need a msft account to external share. If you have a business OneDrive account it requires a msft account to share. It makes no sense.
        • It makes little sense

          Yes, I agree. And it makes little sense. It is not as the MS account provides any security. Microsoft has difficulty believing that there is "intelligent" life outside its ecosystem...but there is.
  • How about before adding new features, you fix all the current problems?

    I support onedrive for business users for probably around 150 users across 7 or 8 organizations. Since Skydrive Pro/Onedrive for business came out, I estimate that I have probably spent close to 4 full work weeks worth of time troubleshooting stupid issues that shouldn't be a problem with an end product. Red X's for no reason. Unable to sync a library after it's been unsynced. And the only solution I'm given is to unsync all libraries, delete the offline file cache, and resync them. This isn't a solution. Especially when it takes 1-2 hours to fully resync all of their libraries. I don't care about new features. I care about a product that actually works like it's supposed to.
  • Copy

    Guys, check out the cloud storage Copy. I use both OneDrive and Copy currently, but Copy offers you more space for free. Both are good and both come with the desktop client to sync your files to their cloud servers. Check it out and use this link to sign up for Copy to get 20GB free instead of the regular 15GB