Microsoft adds more photo features, including animated GIFs, to SkyDrive

Microsoft added some new photo-related features to its SkyDrive storage service in May, including a new photo timeline. Today, the company announced even more new photo additions for SkyDrive users, including added support for more file formats and some improvements in sharing images.

The SkyDrive blog has the details on the changes and additions, which includes support for viewing high resolution photos on high DPI displays. SkyDrive will now automatically measure the DPI scale of a display. So if you have a high resolution tablet or notebook, or a 4K PC monitor, SkyDrive will show higher resolution photos and thumbnails.

Microsoft, for some odd reason, decided to add viewing animated GIF images in SkyDrive with this new update, so those annoying cute images that you see in so many banner ads can now be included in a SkyDrive photo folder. Microsoft has also added the ability to rotate photos in the SkyDrive folder, along with putting in photo filters in the "all photos" view, which was something that was recently reported as coming down the pike.

Sharing photos on SkyDrive should be easier as Microsoft has now added a way to share individual groups of files from anywhere on a SkyDrive account. Microsoft states:

You can share two photos from your camera roll, or a hundred. You can share a file in one folder along with another file from a different folder. And you can share different things with different people.

The update includes a new Shared view, shown above, that lets a user see which files he or she have shared, along with with files other SkyDrive subscribers have shared with the user. Also, there's an email share option called "Recipients can edit" that when selected lets people edit files shared on SkyDrive, without the need to sign into the account.

Finally, heavy text editors and developers will now be able to edit more text files in SkyDrive, such as JavaScript, CSS, HTML, and a number of code files. Those files can also be shared with others who can edit them as well.

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How is the Windows desktop client compared to, say, what it was one year ago? Can you right click on files and copy a link to it for example?

Nice and very welcome additions. is moving forward and fast and thats a good thing.

The modern Photos App, needs to get GIF support and geotag location support (in association with Bing Maps), these are my current requests.

@UXGaurav sadly (or not) it looks like Microsoft is slowly retiring the Windows Live Essential Desktop Apps... The new Photos App for Windows 8.1 got a major update and it actually became very decent and Movie Moments are binding the Microsoft's solution for video editing in the modern environment. We are getting there, slowly but we are moving...

Quigley Guy said,
Movie moments... what a joke. Movie Maker for XP was 1000 times better.

Windows Live Movie Maker (now just Movie Maker) is actually really good too, but yeah, I liked XP's Movie Maker, other than the fact that it didn't export in HD, but that was fixed in Vista's Movie Maker, which was good too.

Love the SkyDrive Team... they are always ahead of the game, fast to update and add features, and they respond to user questions and feedback (well they did to me at least).

Would be better if Photo Gallery got animated GIF support instead. But it's "legacy" now in favor of the lame Photos Metro app.

UXGaurav said,
Would be better if Photo Gallery got animated GIF support instead. But it's "legacy" now in favor of the lame Photos Metro app.

Agreed regarding GIF support in Photo Gallery.

Regarding Skydrive, these updates are great too.

better yet, they could vastly improve said Photo app to be a proper Photo Gallery sucessor, with ability to swipe through photos upon opening them from certain folder. (For now it only opens single image and won't let you get to see other photos in same folder right away). but it does play gif's properly at least, lol.

UXGaurav said,
Would be better if Photo Gallery got animated GIF support instead. But it's "legacy" now in favor of the lame Photos Metro app.

Each time I think Photo Gallery is full-featured enough, things like these come up and make me cry. Photo Gallery is incredible. I wish Microsoft continued working on it.