Microsoft updates OneDrive and Xbox Music for Windows Phone with new features

Earlier this month, Microsoft released the first update to its Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview, and now the company is following up with new versions of some of its in-house apps, Xbox Music and OneDrive.

The OneDrive app update, which works with Windows Phone 7.5, 8 and 8.1, adds the ability to open files from OneDrive in other apps. That means if users have a Word document in OneDrive, they can now open it in Microsoft Word directly from that account. The new version also has some bug fixes and improvements.

The new version of the Xbox Music app is just for Windows Phone 8.1 users at this point. The change log for the app states that it gives users a way to switch music tracks by swiping the album art on the Now Playing section, along with some UI changes "to make more room for content." Microsoft has already announced plans to keep updating Xbox Music for Windows Phone 8.1 every couple of weeks.

Microsoft also released new updates to Xbox Video and Facebook for Windows Phone this week but no new features were added for either app.

Source: OneDrive and Xbox Music | Images via Microsoft

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Microsoft team member Mark Russinovich's third novel, Rogue Code, released

Next Story

Rumors hint at Samsung entering the virtual reality business

14 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

I'm really sick and tired of Microsoft trying to accomplish their wet dreams of a successful music service while screwing up what had worked PERFECT before, twice in a row now.

Don't mean to offend you but Win Phone 8.1 is just a preview for developers yet. The official version might be coming with a better Xbox Music .

boggles my mind how they can release an app that was based on Zune, one of the best music players and turn it into a dud.

If you get irritated with work in progress don't download developer previews, wait for the official release. In the meantime, download the app Music Hub Tile, it'll bring back the old music hub and all its glorious speed.
I can see what they are doing with the new Xbox Music, but as a former developer I wish I could see what code is executing every time the new app has us waiting 'loading' the music we already have in the phone. Are trying to synch with other devices, looking for music being added or what? In any case, I'm sure this wait will not make it to the final release.

Xbox Music has been out in Beta long enough for it to be better than this Disaster.

Even with updates every two weeks, they're doing so little each time it will take Months for them to even get back to where they were with the 8.0 Version.

This team might actually be more incompetent than the Skype outfit, and that's saying something.

cristian.dan said,
Don't mean to offend you but Win Phone 8.1 is just a preview for developers yet. The official version might be coming with a better Xbox Music .

No, it wont! There is less than 2-3 weeks until official release. MS needs usually 4-5 months to fix their own mistakes.

soder said,
..... MS needs usually 4-5 months to fix their own mistakes.

You're still thinking of the old MS.
They're finally agile and had a re-org to support it.

While the release from MS to handset manufacturers may be 2-3 weeks away, OEMs and carriers will hold it up until September at the earliest.

At that point, there will have been multiple updates to the music app.

You have hopes to MS. I dont :(
Company reorgs are not magic that solve all bad company habits, arrogant relationship with their customers etc.

Hopefully these improve the disaster that Xbox Music is. I still can't believe how terrible it is compared to the native music app on 8.