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Microsoft's forthcoming 'Cache' is a visual bookmarking tool to simplify your life

Back in 2015 an internal app from Microsoft called OneClip leaked to the public. The app was simple but brilliant as it let you cut, copy, and paste things to a universal clipboard. However, instead of being a local cache of clippings, it went to the cloud, which meant you could share the digital goodies across devices including Mobile.

OneClip was pulled and never heard from again. Recently, we reported that a form of OneClip was destined for Redstone 2 and now it appears in a new leaked .exe file called 'Cache' (reported by Windows Blog Italia).

Cache appears to be the new brand name as well as inferred from the polished intro video. The app can be installed, but unless you are on the private beta list your email will likely be rejected, not letting you run it.

Nonetheless, Rafael Rivera was able to get into the app and even posted the intro video that highlights some of the real-world uses for the sharing app.

5 ways to simplify and centralize your content with Cache— Rafael Rivera (@WithinRafael) October 19, 2016

Those five tips include:

  • Curate your Reading List
  • Organize your school projects
  • Manage your shopping list
  • Keep important docs handy
  • Keep everything you copy

Cache appears to have much more focus on specific tasks instead of a generic copy/paste repository, which is a good move by Microsoft. There is also a consumer angle here (school, shopping, etc.) rather than just Office productivity for enterprise.

There's no word on a mobile version of Cache although knowing Microsoft these days there should be companion apps for Windows 10 Mobile, Android, and iOS.

Microsoft could detail Cache next week in New York City or the following week for their Office event.

While not a huge announcement Cache seems like one of those little utilities that once you use you won't be able to give up.

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

  • Why .exe why not uwp?
  • Probably just part of their development process OR they need some hooks that are not available in UWP to act as a universal clipboard Edit: And I would bet this is built into Windows rs2
  • yes either built into Windows or into the Office 365 package
  • I don't want anything from my private computer in the cloud. not my clips, projects, ideas, thoughts or anything else. It's private, and no company shall demand to access it. Privacy is key here and there is yet to be found a company capable of delivering that.
  • Great, waiting for long time
  • And once you are accustomed to using it they will phase it out due to lack of use. With the exception of Office I am growing more and more leary of any new products from MS.
  • Right? XBOX, XBOX Live, OneDrive, Bing, Internet Explorer/Edge, MS Paint and many others were phased out. Even Windows Mobile (circa 1997). /s The "s" is for sarcasm.
  • I know its not the same exactly but there's an a great app called Share Across Devices
  • My first tought, too. But it doesn't work with files, if i recall correctly.
  • Just tested, worked sending from phone to pc, couldn't get It to send from phone
  • That's nice, i didn't have the chance to use it very often. Hope it gets improved, too.
  • Re: Charles Fecht:
    Worked from phone to PC but not from phone?
  • It worked with both now, must have been a hiccup :)
  • Im actually excited for this, didn't realize i'll be this excited
  • I just use OneNote for all of this stuff.
  • Excellent
  • Yeah, good. Now I want it built into the Windows ecosystem so that they know what productivity means when msft does it.
  • The name "OneClip" was much better than "Cache". But this is Microsoft, so..
  • This is off topic, but Daniel, is there any chance of getting a "how to watch tonight's debate on Windows Mobile" article today?
  • The article would read: Fire up your Twitter app tonight to watch the debate on your phone.
  • Does the WP twitter app do this? or just iOS and Android?
  • Yes. WM app does it.
  • So it's probably the reincarnation of OneClip
  • even my Grandmother knows the hamburger menu icon when she see it -- I wish they'd can that ugly-ass menu strip.
  • No hamburgers please.
  • the new Photo and Alarms & Clock apps would be my preferred templates with ... for the menu icon.
  • looks very good. can't wait to test it :)
    what about integrating sticky notes into the cache engine?
    this is sth I never understood why it doesn't sync across my devices...
  • sth=support the habit?
  • I would love if the mobile portion of this was just built into W10M rather than being an app. They might even go that way with it eventually on PC and just turn it into a pre-installed feature/app