OneDrive for Windows Phone updated to open files from other apps


Is this app Friday or what? We still don’t see the update for Xbox Music on Windows Phone yet, but we do see an update from Microsoft for OneDrive. It’s getting one new feature that we just know a ton of you can’t wait to use.

The last update for OneDrive came earlier this month and was just a round of bug fixes. Before that, we had a major update, version 4.1, to OneDrive that introduced new features like the ability to upload multiple photos.

You’ll find version of OneDrive in the Windows Phone Store today with the following changes:

  • Open files from OneDrive in other apps
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

To test the ability to open files from OneDrive in other apps we opened up MovieJax. We then pulled up the menu bar to choose the location and now see OneDrive as an option. That’s pretty awesome. Play around with the updated version of OneDrive and let us know what you think.

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I wish they updated OneDrive for Windows 8.1
C'mon, Microsoft. The OneDrive app on Windows 8.1 is ALMOST exactly like the SkyDrive app on Windows 8.
Heck, while you're at it, update the Games app as well.

Talk4Lig says:

It was also updated for 8.1, what are you talking about?

SammyD_L625 says:

It was updated for windows PHONE 8 and 8.1 not windows 8.1.

No, I was talking about WINDOWS 8.1. You know, Microsoft Windows build 9600. The Windows with the familiar desktop. The Windows operating system you run on your PC or Surface. That Windows. Not Windows Phone.

I still don't understand why Microsoft still hasn't updated some of the basic (or preinstalled) apps like Xbox Games (the UI still looks like the same from the Xbox Windows 8 app) and OneDrive (which still looks like the old SkyDrive app).

Daniel Meek says:

Just a shot in the dark, but I think that their Games division has been busy launching, and putting out fires for their new console. I would bet that most of the effort the rest of the year will be on continues XB1 support, and prepping XB Games for win9, but after that they may have some time to throw at merging the Windows and Xbox games interfaces. I am sure it is coming.

RaRa85 says:

After that....

coip says:

It's ridiculous, though, that it's been 6 months since Windows 8.1 launched and you still can't edit your Xbox avatar on Windows 8.1/RT 8.1.

mswindows101 says:

Give Microsoft a break.. They've been doing a TON of stuff across the board. From Xbox,to Windows,to Surface,to Windows Phone,to Azure,to a reorg,to acquisitions,and more. I may desire some things here and there,but hats off to them for their continuous efforts.

coip says:

Their biggest competitors aren't taking breaks. They're buying up Twitch.

mswindows101 says:

If you know anything about Microsoft,you'd know that they also was trying to buy Twitch,but the company chose the competitor instead. So with that being said,I guess Microsoft isn't taking breaks either.

coip says:

I'm well aware they reportedly bid for Twitch too. That's the reason I used that as an example, the point being that even when they make the right move that the odds are still not in their favor. That is, they need to be more ambitious than Google, not equally as ambitious. I had been calling for them to buy Twitch for a year. They should've locked it up before the Xbox One launch rather than the integration deal they signed instead, which soon will benefit Google more than Microsoft. Losing Twitch to Google was a huge and embarrassing blow. I still hope it falls through.

mswindows101 says:

Well who knows exactly when,either company started putting in a bid? People only speculate and assume. Losing to Google wasn't just about the money,YouTube itself was a part of it well. (At least according to Twitch). Microsoft has been having a lot of hate pushed towards them as of late,and the fact that they are still moving things forward at no matter what pace is promising in itself. Yes they still have a lot of work to do,and being speedier will be a tremendous help. But they do,do some things right.

coip says:

I know losing Twitch to Google wasn't about the money: that's my point. They have a higher degree of difficulty facing them so they have to be more aggressive. More money likely would've done it, or an earlier bid. We don't know when companies started putting in bids, but we can be pretty confident it was after Twitch broadcast integration with Xbox One happened in March for the Titanfall launch. Microsoft had been working for months with Twitch, securing an exclusive app feature deal. They should've made a strong bid to buy them last fall, or sooner. If they had, Twitch likely would be theirs and they'd finally have a strong counterstrike in the online video/streaming realm to Google's crappy YouTube. Instead, now the Google monopoly grows and Microsoft has no control over it.

chriswp says:

WOW I just loaded into Movie Maker 8.1 a 30 minutes video from OneDrive, super update !!!

It's only 3pm in Redmond, so I think an update for the Music app is on the way.

Darren Walsh says:

It says those new features in the 4.1.2 change log but it's now 4.1.3, was it there before??

CJ Thunder says:

I'm going to assume "files" will pull from OneDrive as well. This is a useful update.

IceDree says:

Yea that would be great

BataBole says:

That moment when you get thanked by WPC ^_^

harisyousaf says:

But can't open from mail


Hi, there, movie jax don't want to install on my 720

Black Lumia says:

Well, ask someone in the forums or PM me


I asked, but no response

SamiHanna says:

When i Open the app my Phone crashes!

Talk4Lig says:

Can somebody explain a little bit more?

leoniDAM says:

every app can open and to access to the files directly in OneDrive without the needing of a file manager.

Black Lumia says:

I was about to send this in. BetaBole, you took it from me. How could you?

BataBole says:

It's not Beta, it's Bata (means bro in my language). What can I say, I was faster :) More luck next time ;)

spyridon says:

And we thought that you are Bole but still in beta version ;)

BataBole says:

Lol! Good one xD

crise says:

Thumbnails are still broken in photos hub in OneDrive! They don't update!

gacali says:

Its not opening pdfs and cant download vids and you cant even sign out lol

zsolo1111 says:

Seriously when I realize things like that, I just wanna throw away my phone.

gacali says:

Hahaha third party Apps are better than official ones #Windowsphoneprobs ,why dont hire those devs. I mean they actually care and update the apps

OHardy says:

I just opened two password protected PDF files.

osars ehi says:

Mine opens pdf... Maybe its just your phone with this issue

gacali says:

Nah, its onedrives fault, what about video i had an episode you cant only open it

_Emi_ says:

oh yeah, people say they are opening files to what you say it's a problem but you still say it's "onedrive problem"??? righttttt.

leoniDAM says:

You don't need to download nothing.

Thanks to the File Pickers APIs (that can be used by every apps) every apps can open every files in OneDrive without download nothing.

TuanLVT says:

- - - - !!!!!ATTENTION!!!!! - - - -

BTW have anyone noticed that when on the phone searches for onedrive at WPstore there is no results but when searches for skydrive it does give the results of onedrive and some random contents

- - - - !!!!!ATTENTION!!!!! - - - -

You are so right, TuanLVT. Akward. Just downloaded from WPCentral site.

ghaikal says:

I do get it when I search for onedrive

Suhasa Su says:

Store results are fucked up. I don't get Vine when I search for vine. First letter should be capital.

Lewis Wilson says:

I can't upload pictures to my OD!

I really hope Co-owned folders makes an appearance soon.

Well, a universal WPCentral app would be nice. This one is giving me network errors. Would like to see a official and universal Twitter app. O, well, maybe next time.

BaritoneGuy says:

Yes, where is the universal WPC app. Leave the current one for WP8 and make the universal available for both 8.1s.

I actually like the phone app better than the modern one. Which is why when on my tablet I usually use IE.

mango.lover says:

I don't understand what that means. So OneDrive is now a file viewer?

leoniDAM says:

Means that OneDrive implements the File Picker APIs, so every app can open and access to the files directly in OneDrive without the needing of a file manager

Only seems to work on pictures for me. Would be nice if this worked on all my file contents considering it did in IOS 7 when I had the OneDrive app on that.

leoniDAM says:

The kind of file that you can pick depends by the app that you use for open file, not by OneDrive

Kronus24 says:

I would love an option to download Universal apps to both my phone and pc with one click of a button.

So I'm guessing it now works like windows 8.1 where the phone just sees SkyDrive as another file location. Thats wonderful

ry6uy says:

I tested this with Groupme, and was able to add a picture from OneDrive. Before it just opened the app, and didn't allow adding the picture.

fwaits says:

Nice, btw when I checked for app updates in the Store to update this, Music and Video just updated for me as well...

Xbox Music was updated!! Run to the store people! =p

Mark Richey says:

Music and video updating now!

leoniDAM says:

Anyway this feature was present from the first update for WP8.1 of OneDrive but was removed in the previous update

smartboyamo says:

I love how I can torrent all my videos and when I download them they go straight on my OneDrive folder and it quickly uploads it on the cloud. Then I can hop on my Lumia phones and open onedrive, then open with moliplayer = love. Love it!

pr0phecy says:

Sorry, a little off topic, where the freak is WhatsApp?! My wife has got a new WP and is a heavy WhatsApp user. She doesn't use the phone now as is collecting dust. The devs really need to step up their game now.

Paul Foulkes says:

My onedrive version is 3.6!!! How come it isn't updating? Is this update ( and the previous) only for WP8.1? I'm still running WP8

muvig says:

why was the  sign in removed on OneDrive on the phone. there must be some form of security to open OneDrive on the phone.

After their last update the appbar is missing, to which this doesn't fix. This limits the functionality of the app. Worse yet, it's a system app, so I can't uninstall and reinstall it.

Edit: As soon as I say this the appbar returns.

SleepyTheDon says:

Restore your phone for a slightly different 8.1 experience

minus365 says:

Hmm, OneDrive is now occupying 4,27gb in the applist. Dont know why. :/