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OneDrive Launches With More Storage & Automatic Android Photo Backup

Mark O'Neill 20-02-2014

The lick of paint has been applied, the polish has been added to give it a nice sheen, and now finally Skydrive has undergone its name change to OneDrive. And it will stay that way until someone decides that they hold a trademark over the name “One“.


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To celebrate the launch, Microsoft have decided to give everyone 20GB free storage for a year, if you follow a special link.  And those with Android phones can look forward to automatic photo backups. If you switch that on, you get an extra 3GB. Refer a friend? That’s another 500MB per person. Microsoft are literally throwing space at you.

According to The Next Web, 100,000 people will also receive 100GB free for one year, by following OneDrive’s Twitter page. It’s not completely clear how the 100,000 people will be chosen though.

As well as photo sharing, you can also share and view photos, and another new feature is real-time collaboration with Office Web Apps. OneDrive is cross-platform, and it is baked right into Windows 8.1, Office, and the XBox. So it is easy to use, and easy to access.

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To make it super-duper easy to use, you don’t need to switch apps, if you have Skydrive on your phone. The phone will update in the background, and suddenly you will be OneDriving before you know it.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper product (re)launch without the obligatory YouTube video with the smiley happy people to tell us how important it is to our lives that we use OneDrive.

Source: The Next Web

Related topics: Cloud Storage, Data Backup, Microsoft, Microsoft SkyDrive, Smartphone Photography.

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  1. Frank
    October 27, 2016 at 5:42 am

    Do you have similar directions for Mac?

  2. NoNameMonkey
    February 22, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Still doesnt fix the basic features needed from desktop for me - I work on various data connections and some are very expensive to use. On Google Drive I can pause syncing so when I am on 3G I dont pay a fortune for data usage but OneDrive doesnt allow that. The other problem is it tells me it is updated...but then starts uploading again.

    Very annoying.

  3. A41202813GMAIL
    February 21, 2014 at 11:12 am

    QYM8N-7R7F4-WW8H9-T2DFY-3GKQ2 Is Just An Example - This Code Is Already Redeemed.

    To Have A Valid Individual Code, You Must Receive A Link In Email From SKYDRIVE/ONEDRIVE Themselves.

    I Hope The Now Temporary Free 20GB, Will Eventually Become Permanent In The Near Future.


  4. Justin D
    February 20, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Unfortunately, the Camera Backup feature doesn't have an option for "only upload when on WiFi and charging", and it creates annoying notifications that can't be turned off, like notifications telling you that it can't upload because you're not connected to WiFi (Yes, I know that. Just upload when I am connected to WiFi).

    Google+'s auto backup (while definitely not perfect either) is still a much better alternative. Hopefully Microsoft can improve their offering; I like using a combination of OneDrive and Google Drive. That way I don't have all my eggs in one basket.

  5. Bob
    February 20, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    An extra 20GB for only a year? I don't think so. Either make it permanent or don't offer it. Trying to get you dependent on OneDrive and then requiring payment to keep the space is a No Go in my book.

    • Lynne
      February 20, 2014 at 6:56 pm


    • Charlie
      February 22, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      I'm in 100% agreement with you, Bob. Either the special offer should be 20GB totally free or don't bother with the offer it at all. I can't stand these sleazy "free for a year" deals.

    • Pampam L
      February 25, 2014 at 9:14 am

      I don't wanna be harsh to OneDrive but I fully agree with Bob.

      It's just like my free credit card for my first year yet on the second year, there's already a maintenance fee.

  6. Marc A
    February 20, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I had the same problem with the code

  7. Rajan S
    February 20, 2014 at 5:40 am

    This feature reduce the complexity of earlier storage system. It also encourages the users to use this specialty in their daily activities.

  8. Debjyoti A
    February 20, 2014 at 5:25 am

    Hmmm.. already late? The special code in your special link says code already been redeemed. Please try a different code.