Microsoft updates OneDrive apps, everyone is getting new features

One of the tactics that Microsoft has adopted under Nadella is that the company's software needs to be everywhere and not limited to one platform. And as the company has shown, they will ship the software as soon as it is ready and not wait for the Windows version to ship both at the same time. So, it should not be a surprise to see OneDrive on all of the major smartphone platforms being updated at once.

Microsoft has announced today that the Android, iOS and Windows Phone OneDrive apps will all be updated with new features.

Android

The Android app has been updated to now allow you to access your personal OneDrive as well as a corporate OneDrive from within the same app. To make sure that you don't get confused about which service you are accessing (personal or corporate), there are banners and other indicators to avoid cross-contamination of the two services.

iOS

The iOS version of OneDrive adds native search on both the iPad and iOS. To access the search function, swipe down from the top of the app. There is also a new 'All Photos' view that makes it easier to see all of your OneDrive photos in a single view.

Windows Phone

For those of you on Windows Phone 8.1, you can now access the recycle bin from the app. This update actually started rolling out last week, so you may already have it on your device.

If you haven't received an update on your phone yet, it should be arriving in the very near future as the updates make its way to your phone through your respective app store. 

Source and Image Credit: Microsoft

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Anymore news on when we finally will get co-ownership of folders
I want to be able to share a folder with my girlfriend that we can both update

A shame they've seemingly forgotten about the Windows app. It's been severely crippled since Windows 8.1 when they took out the ability to view files shared with you.

Probably not a problem for a lot of people but a major part of how I use OneDrive is to access shared content so I'm back to the browser, which is a shame.

They're being really great at updates for all their other apps though, great experience everywhere else that keeps getting better!

This. They seem to be ignoring this app and the remote desktop app as well. I wonder if they have halted development in favor of the mobile version because it will be the one moving forward when Threshold hits?

That's what I'm starting to think about a lot of the Windows (and Windows Phone) stuff at the moment. They know what they're doing next year and are working towards that so there's nothing but little stop gaps here and there for the stuff that's currently out there.

I hope I'm right too, if this really is just what they're doing it's just not good enough.

It's like them saying to use the command line for some Surface Pro utility and use Windows Media Player to change album art for Xbox Music. Crazy stuff that has to just be a stop gap and Threshold will sort everything out and make it better. Fingers crossed...

Matteo Contrini said,
So both Android and iOS apps have now the "photos" sections. But not Windows Phone.
Microsoft, are you serious?

Read the source article. The Android update was ready to release and there were no business features in the previous Android app so they released what was ready.

You're wrong. I'm not talking about photos view, I'm talking about the "All photos" section, which shows all the photos save in you OneDrive account. That's a web feature, which has been ported to Android some weeks ago and now even on iOS.

Matteo Contrini said,
I don't understand why you're saying this.. I've just said that Windows Phone hasn't one of the features of the iOS and Android apps.

Again, read the source article at the bottom and the comments. There is an explanation why the Android version has a feature that isn't in the WP version yet. (It's what my earlier comment explained.)

Matteo Contrini said,
So both Android and iOS apps have now the "photos" sections. But not Windows Phone.
Microsoft, are you serious?

The Photos features is there, everyone needs to stop saying it is not on WP...

On WP8.1 today, Hit Photos, Click Albums, Click OneDrive - You are presented with the OneDrive Photo section, displaying ALL folders marked as Photos on OneDrive.

So WP has this feature even if the OneDrive App on WP does NOT have the 'Photos' section. I agree that even though it would be redundant, MS probably should put the Photo section in the OneDrive App for parity.


Historical Side Notes:

The 'concept' of Photo folders and SkyDrive goes back to the WP7 days and has been a part of Windows Phone long before SkyDrive/OneDrive existed as an 'App' or existed on other platforms.

The reason it is accessed through the Photo Tile/UI is because of the Photo 'Hub' design of WP. It still exists even in WP8.1 because it is a 'feature' unique to Windows Phone as you use the OS Photo 'picker/selector' and access OneDrive's Photo folders seamlessly.

So WP 'technically' has always had this feature and has a better version of it still today.

It's not the same thing... In the Photos app the photos are grouped by album. In the iOS and Android app I have all the photos in one unique "folder", so I can select one and swipe and see all the photos without changing album or folder.
That's the experience I'm referring to...

MrHumpty said,
I wonder if they've fixed the background sync on ios of pictures up to OneDrive. That always seems to be jacked up.

There was a specific iOS released in June/July(?) that addressed issues with background picture/video sync and added new features.

I haven't personally tested the latest version, and I couldn't find the exact release notes I remember reading. So in theory the issue you mention should be fixed.

(The Update also added new features like AirDrop and adaptive streaming from OneDrive via HLS on iOS.)

Um, WP already has OneDrive for Business app! Android did not. It's already built into the Office hub as well. So it's available in at least 2 places. Get your facts straight.

j2006 said,
Um, WP already has OneDrive for Business app! Android did not. It's already built into the Office hub as well. So it's available in at least 2 places. Get your facts straight.

It seems that you are the one who should:
"All of these updates are important ones, and we're looking to bring these features to iOS and Windows Phone devices in the coming months."
Source:
https://blog.onedrive.com/onedrive-gets-smarter-on-your-phone/

Cosmocronos said,

It seems that you are the one who should:
"All of these updates are important ones, and we're looking to bring these features to iOS and Windows Phone devices in the coming months."
Source:
https://blog.onedrive.com/onedrive-gets-smarter-on-your-phone/

The features are not in the OneDrive 'App'; however, they already exist on Windows Phone.

The team is talking about adding these features 'also' into the OneDrive App so that it will be easier for users that use several platforms and might expect to go through the OneDrive App for everything.


Side Note:
The way WP was designed with 'Hubs', all of these features were organized by how they were/are used and not built through or out of Apps.

This is a migration period for WP to put this functionality into Apps.

Do not mistake this with WP not having these features, it already does and has had them since WP7 back in 2010.


neonspark said,
the android update sounds useful. and WP is supposed to be the business platform? ha!

These features are already baked into WP, going back to the original WP7 release. So technically, by adding these features to OneDrive, Android is just not becoming viable in the same business setting. (WP originally didn't even have a separate App for SkyDrive/OneDrive, as it was and still is built into the OS.)

Mobius Enigma said,

The features are not in the OneDrive 'App'; however, they already exist on Windows Phone.


Yes and no.... I have OneDrive on my Lumia 920 but the "Personal" and the "Business" ones are two separate entities; I cannot access, and TBH I would probably not using such feature, using a single app/Log in.
As I side note while I like One Drive and I use it as a further layer of backup I still miss the original MESH vision and implementation.