There is some good and some bad news for Windows Phone users, as Microsoft has just released a new version of OneDrive (formerly known as SkyDrive) in the Windows Phone Store.
The new version attempts to add support for some of the new features included in Windows Phone 8.1, but also adds new ones for those who have not upgraded to this operating system yet.
This is the good news. The bad news is that some of the features that were available in the previous versions are not working anymore after the update.
There are many users reporting strange bugs, but also the fact that they are unable to upload pictures or other stuff in the cloud.
Anyway, let's see what new features and improvements have been included in this version of OneDrive for Windows Phone.
First of all, Microsoft has confirmed that its engineers worked on the aspect of OneDrive, so the application should now look great on large screen phones. If you own a Nokia Lumia 1520, you will be able to tell the difference right away.
Then, there's also a new feature that will allow users to upload multiple photos, videos and files at once, but there's also support for Windows Phone 8.1 file picker.
Unfortunately, OneDrive 4. for Windows Phone does not come with the file manager that most users have been waiting for, but you will at least be able to sort files and folders as you wish.
With the latest version of the application, you can also open files from OneDrive in other apps or you can share files to OneDrive from other apps. Both features are brand new and seem to work properly on Windows Phone 8.1 as well.
Furthermore, developers have announced that there is a new immersive view for viewing and managing photos. This should be visible at first glance for long-time OneDrive users.
Last but not least, Microsoft has included lots of bug fixes and performance improvements, but no additional details on any of these have been disclosed yet.
Now, here is what features do not seem to work on some Windows Phone 8.1 devices. If you installed the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview last week, you might have issues uploading photos with OneDrive.
It appears that the option to upload pictures to OneDrive from the photo hub is now missing. Aside from that, if you manage to get it to upload, it will take a very long time. Hopefully, there will be another update that will soon fix these issues.
You can now download OneDrive for Windows Phone 4.1 for free via Windows Phone Store. The application is now compatible with all devices running Windows Phone 7.5 and up (including WP 8.1).