SkyDrive gallery update adds geo-tagging [Update]

Even though SkyDrive was updated quite recently in November, reports are coming in that the build number has been bumped up once again to 3004. Along with a version change the update brings a much-needed addition to the photo-sharing tool: geotagging support.

Reported by an anonymous tipster on LiveSide, location support has been integrated directly into the gallery feature. Now users have access to a Bing map on the sidebar which allows viewers to zoom in and see exactly where a photo was taken. Those familiar with geotagging will be aware of how accurate the technology can be, so you might want to think twice about who you share your SkyDrive pictures with in future.

Social networking users will be used to similar features making themselves more prominent. Twitter has been making tweet location a big part of its service for quite some time now, and Facebook recently updated its Places feature to allow users to add in location from their computer. SkyDrive has now joined up with the places party, but it is completely up to the user who they want to share their photos with.

But the team isn't stopping there. Reports suggest that Microsoft is already hard at work on version 16.3 of SkyDrive (also known as Wave 5 Milestone 3). Considering how quickly this update came about, expect more changes to come sooner rather than later as the team looks to expand on an already-winning service.

Update: As a friendly guest pointed out to us: Geotags are only shown to the user who uploaded the photos, so there isn't a privacy concern that you're sharing your location to people who you share photos with.

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The best thing is, all of my previous photos have the data and now show the location

Noticed it some time ago, nice little feature i think

I'm using SkyDrive more and more with my Windows Phone to automatically upload photos taken with it and using it on my PC's for keeping things available on the road.

I wish they improve it with a link shortener and native Windows support to mount SkyDrive shares as a hard drive for easy access. Hopefully, this will make it in future updates.

The "tipster" is only about at least a month late with the tip. I've been using this feature since around mid-November (with my WP7 photos on SkyDrive). Still nifty though.

I personally will only use it when they add the ability for it to be mounted as a network drive. It's beyond me why they have not done it until now.

Thanks, but that way is less than ideal IMO. Microsoft should offer the option in SkyDrive directly.

Note: I've tried this method earlier, found it to be extremely slow.

The Dark Knight said,
Thanks, but that way is less than ideal IMO. Microsoft should offer the option in SkyDrive directly.

Note: I've tried this method earlier, found it to be extremely slow.

Apparently it's coming in Windows 8...