Windows Phone 8 full-res photo/video backup rolling out worldwide

Windows Phone 8 provides users with the ability to back up any photo or video taken by those smartphones to a SkyDrive account, although residents in just a few countries were able to upload full-resolution photos and videos to Microsoft's cloud storage service until today.

In a post on Microsoft's Windows Phone blog, the company has announced that full-resolution photos and videos can now be uploaded and backed up to SkyDrive accounts worldwide for the first time. Microsoft stated:

As you can imagine, backing up high-res photos and videos involves a lot of data. To ensure we could provide a quality experience in each market, we deliberately took things slow and planned a staged roll out of the feature.

In other words, people who have been waiting for this ability might have to wait just a few more days before their Windows Phone 8 device gets the update. Once that happens, users can go to the SkyDrive setting in the Photos selection of the OS and then select "Best quality." The one catch to this feature is that Microsoft requires a WiFi connection in order to work. The Windows Phone and SkyDrive teams have been working "closely with over the months to make this key feature is available globally" according to the blog.

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The question is that if you've been using the lower quality option, and you select the best quality now, does it go back and update all the photos it uploaded in lower resolution to higher resolution?

I hope this somehow ties in with them giving up the insane amounts of image compression Microsoft seems to enjoy slapping on pictures with some of their services.

Skype contact pictures on WP8 as just one example. They must have the compression ratio notched right up to maximum, with suitably horrible results from the initial picture you choose.

Edited by Walrush, May 9 2013, 4:39am :

Those of us with unlimited or many GB plans would welcome such a feature. Or another good option would be to upload over 4G for standard resolution and upgrade them in-place to full resolution when on WiFi.

Can you think how long ur phone would last chewing up 3G/4G signal to upload photos you take worth a few MB each?

I personally agree with the both, low ress over data, full over wifi as a replace....

However when putting it in the hands of the user, not that hard to manually re-upload to skydrive if you wish for all high res images

Agreed. I have a 2GB data package that I rarely even use 1/4 of. I'd also love to have the option to just upload the full-resolution image. As it is now, I have to sync the images to my PC just like with Windows Phone 7, which dumps them into the SkyDrive Pictures folder. Then I have to go back and delete the low-resolution versions out. What a waste of time simply because they won't offer a checkbox.

Can you not re upload it via the SkyDrive app as an option?

Major issue with that is using the battery as its im sure the extra uploading data would chew the battery down abit

brent3000 said,
Can you think how long ur phone would last chewing up 3G/4G signal to upload photos you take worth a few MB each?

It could only upload while plugged in, or throttle the uploads on battery. Both mechanisms are already employed by WP8 I believe. Besides, I don't take that many photos. And when I do, I want them uploaded!

However when putting it in the hands of the user, not that hard to manually re-upload to skydrive if you wish for all high res images

That's what I did with WP7. It was a pain. For now I use the WiFi solution, but when I'm traveling and not connected to WiFi it's particularly annoying, especially since I often use my phone as a WiFi hotspot. Seems bizarre that it would work if I had two phones providing WiFi to each other =) Another advantage is that in the event that my phone is ever lost or stolen, having them upload over 4G would help me save images I would've otherwise lost.