OneDrive for Windows Phone Gets A Minor Update

Microsoft has released a small update to their OneDrive for Windows Phone app.  The update, version 4.6 for those keeping score at home, is essentially nothing more than a bug fix release so don’t look for any new features in the update if you believe the release notes.  According to the release notes, there are two things that are addressed in this update:

  • Visual updates to the file properties page
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

But there is something new in this update and the file properties changes are actually really nice.

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The new file properties page is much better laid out than in the previous version of OneDrive for Windows Phone with easier to read text and a file banner at the top of the page.  This is nice when you view the properties of a

Old File Properties in OneDrive for Windows Phone
Old File Properties in OneDrive for Windows Phone
New File Properties in OneDrive for Windows Phone
New File Properties in OneDrive for Windows Phone

photo as you will see the photo at the top and not just a small, almost impossible to see, thumbnail.  Take a look at the two screenshots I have to the right to see the difference. Personally I think the change makes a big difference when it comes to reading details on the file.

The other change that came in this update is a new Update page.  When you first start OneDrive for Windows Phone after the update, you will be presented this update page

New OneDrive for Windows Phone App Update Page
New OneDrive for Windows Phone App Update Page

which will tell you how to gain more OneDrive space and will highlight what changes were made in the update.  In this release there is nothing listed (see the screenshot on the left) but you can see where Microsoft is going to go with it in the future.  The best way to think of this is as a placeholder for them to use in the app later.

As always the OneDrive for Windows Phone app itself is free.  If you are new to OneDrive, you can get a free, 15GB account just by signing up (click the OneDrive icon in the right side menu to join) and you can access it from your Windows PC, Tablet, Phone or Android or iOS devices.

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