Windows 8.1 to let Bing search for text inside photos on SkyDrive

A month ago, Microsoft announced that it had added optical character recognition to SkyDrive. This allowed people who upload photos to the cloud-based service to extract any text that might be in those images and see it more clearly on a pane on the right hand side of the photo. Today, Microsoft announced an extension of this SkyDrive feature that includes Windows 8.1 and its built-in Bing search functions.

In a post on the SkyDrive site, Microsoft stated that it is rolling out the new feature which will allow Windows 8.1 owners to search directly from their PC any texts found on the images contained on their SkyDrive camera roll. It states:

For example, you might have taken a photo 6 months ago of the menu of your favorite restaurant, but can't remember where it's buried in your Camera Roll and want to remember the dish you had. You can simply type in the restaurant name on your desktop and Bing Smart Search will search text of your Camera Roll photos and pull up the picture of the menu with the restaurant name printed on it.

The blog adds this new feature will work even if the photos have been set for "online-only" access. We are still waiting to see what new name Microsoft will pick for SkyDrive. The company was ordered by a U.K. court to come up with a new name following a trademark challenge from the Sky TV network.

Source: Microsoft

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Hardly useful (for me) if it's SkyDrive only. If you could do this on your local files, that would be a different story.

In Windows 8.1, your SkyDrive pics work in file manager just like your local. Which is why the article says it works for online-only photos as well. I'm sure it'll work on your local pics too and if not probably soon since the backend is now there.

It's a missed opportunity. The tagline should've been "The cloud storage for everything in your life." (similar to Surface and W8.1).
When are they going to rename SkyDrive? Or has BSkyB changed its mind?

too many privacy issues for me to use. I prefer to keep my pictures on a hard drive at home and on a memory stick i keep on me.

Any really important photos are on a memory stick at a mates place.

People putt too much trusts in these cloud services with all their data.

Adrian s said,
too many privacy issues for me to use. I prefer to keep my pictures on a hard drive at home and on a memory stick i keep on me.

Any really important photos are on a memory stick at a mates place.

People putt too much trusts in these cloud services with all their data.

As much as I agree with you, how frequent to do you perform your backup procedures? Everybody starts off "burning a cd of the important stuff" but a year later, they realize they haven't backed up anything in forever.

I can attest to several panic phone calls from people getting the hard drive tick of death from the only copy of the last five years of photos. Unfortunately there's not much I can do for them. These network drives are the best thing ever for not losing data.