Microsoft updates business and consumer versions of OneDrive cloud storage

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.