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March 10, 2015

Happy first anniversary, OneDrive!

Built into the heart of the Windows Phone operating system, OneDrive has changed the way we save our digital assets, letting us store and safeguard our documents, photos and videos in the cloud.


Whether you are a photographer, teacher, student or a corporate executive, OneDrive can be the most useful app on your Lumia smartphone.

With OneDrive, you can save everything in one place and access your stuff from devices such as your laptop, PC, and Xbox. All you need is an Internet connection.

You can make the best out of your OneDrive experience in many different ways depending on your needs. You can store high-quality photos taken by your Lumia 1020 or have your Lumia 930’s entire music library synced to different folders in your OneDrive account.

In fact, OneDrive has replaced my computer’s physical hard disk, and I find it easy to create my documents right on OneDrive. In addition, I love being able to view and share files whenever I need to, no matter where I am.

If you’ve been following our coverage of Mobile World Congress, you know that our latest smartphones, the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, come with a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal. This also includes a terabyte of storage on OneDrive!

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Over the past year, OneDrive has provided Lumia lovers more free storage–up to 30 gigabytes.

Currently, you get 15 GB of free OneDrive storage by default, which can be easily increased by a further 15 GB by activating the automatic uploads from the camera roll; check our past stories here and here for more details.


By bringing classrooms into the digital age, Microsoft is offering millions of students around the world the Office suite of tools via Office 365 Education, as explained in our recent story here.

OneDrive also works with a host of apps such as OneNote, Office Lens, SoundGecko, and Idea Sketch as it syncs and saves your notes from your OneNote notepad or your scanned docments from Office Lens in your OneDrive folder.

In addition, OneDrive has increased upload performance by roughly three times and introduced photo albums, tag support, object detection and search option, among other features.

Learn more about Microsoft’s cloud storage service and how it will shape the future of Lumia and Windows devices by going to the OneDrive blog here.

Are you using OneDrive on your Lumia? Let us know your experiences in the comments below.