Microsoft adds camera backup feature to SkyDrive iOS app

While we are still waiting for Microsoft to come up with a new name for its SkyDrive cloud storage service, the company has been busying updating its features. Today brings word of a new version of the SkyDrive iOS app that added a welcome new mode: camera backup.

Basically, the new version lets iPhone and iPad users automatically upload any photos and/or videos on their device to their SkyDrive account. The feature can be adjusted so that the uploads happen only when the device is connected to a WiFi network and images can be sent at full resolution or at a reduced file size to save on cell data.

In addition, there's been some changes for Office Mobile for iPhone and OneNote for iOS. Microsoft says, "With this update, when you're using Office Mobile to select a recent doc from SkyDrive, you can open it directly in Office Mobile or OneNote, instead of the Quicklook viewer that we offer today. After you make edits, you can save your changes back to SkyDrive."

The SkyDrive website has also added a way to preview how any photos will look when shared on a Facebook page. Microsoft says, "when a user shares one or more photos, they now have the option of creating a new Facebook picture album or adding the images to an existing one. If a new one is made, the user can name it and establish which of their Facebook friends can see it before the images are shared."

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This is good, just downloaded and set up. For some reason I have an insane 25 GB's available on my SkyDrive. May as well use it to backup all my pics.

derekaw said,
For some reason I have an insane 25 GB's available on my SkyDrive. May as well use it to backup all my pics.

Must be an old account. Newer ones have only 7 GB I think.

I don't use iCloud Photostream because it only keeps my photos for 1 month, shared photostreams are nice though, instead I use Dropbox, but having the option in Skydrive is a very welcome nice feature.

Maybe I'll try this...

iCloud Photostream isn't very good. Actually, it is a joke if you ask me (and a downgrade from MobileMe WebAlbums). Limitations on the number of photos (1000 max, 1 year back max) is a joke, and the photos are "sync'd" to the cloud NOT stored in the cloud. Because of this, Photostream takes up a RIDICULOUS amount of space on iOS devices.

I'm now using Flickr. It's ok. Hard to beat 1TB of storage. It also holds the photos in full resolution. The web site kinda sucks though. You have to jump through hoops just to download your own image. I also don't really like the Flickr App....

I'd love to use DropBox but I don't want to use up my free space nor do I want to pay for the service.

Maybe I'll try this out.

Sounds like the SkyDrive team are getting a little nervous about how well the BitTorrent Sync team are doing! (BitTorrent Sync's already has camera backup feature for it's iOS and Android app)

GreatMarkO said,
Sounds like the SkyDrive team are getting a little nervous about how well the BitTorrent Sync team are doing! (BitTorrent Sync's already has camera backup feature for it's iOS and Android app)

Of course, Microsoft adding a feature that was built into WP7 several years ago to the SkyDrive App for Android and iOS is a direct response to a service most people could care less about.

Really?

as expected, from MSFT, the most multi-platform open company among the big 3 other. You think apple/google could return the favor? nah, they are closed gardens that don't put consumers first

neonspark said,
as expected, from MSFT, the most multi-platform open company among the big 3 other. You think apple/google could return the favor? nah, they are closed gardens that don't put consumers first

Exactly. Not like Microsoft themselves admitted to confusing consumers with the whole RT fiasco....Oh wait!

stevan said,
Exactly. Not like Microsoft themselves admitted to confusing consumers with the whole RT fiasco....Oh wait!
Your comment was irrelevant to the thread. But I guess... Sick Burn man!

Thank you so much MS. I don't use iCloud to backup my photos and have been using SkyDrive for over a year now. Got all my photos (30+ GB) on there and I can access them at all times.

Being able to automatically backup photos taken with my iPhone is a huge bonus for this program.