Microsoft nixes leaked OneClip beta apps

Looks like yesterday's leak of Microsoft's new OneClip apps and service did not go over well with Redmond. The unannounced data sharing service lets you pass photos, screenshots and text from your phone to PC to whatever device. It seemed to be an early hit, but the company was not yet ready to show it off.

The files were originally leaked by WalkingCat (@h0x0d) after Neowin reported about the service. Windows Central later did a hands-on with the new apps, detailing how they worked across iOS, Android, PC, and Windows Phone devices.

This morning, however, Microsoft has evidently killed the leaked apps on the backend. Users who had paired devices will now find the software unpaired with their phones. Even more, if you try to generate a pairing code, nothing happens.

The party is over.

Microsoft is certainly still working on the project, which could be a huge boon for the productivity company. However, those current apps you may have installed now look useless. It now seems like we have to wait until Nadella and company officially unveil the apps and service.

If you were one of the few who tried out OneClip yesterday, what were your thoughts on the short-lived experience?

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • That's a bummer. I guess they can't get Everything right...
  • What does that mean?
  • What?
  • The app was killed as some twit leaked it, no idea what you're smokin'
  • The " 'n " thin' is so 5 years old. It's a bummer because Microsoft is probably goin' to take forever to release this, and the competition won't take lon' to implement this as an original idea! I bet they'd be faster than Microsoft to release this.
    Have a fu*kin' won' evenin'
  • do you mean to look like a retard? or you really tried to make a pointless subject have some kind of intelligence? (because seriously... talking crap about just one "n'" it"s just stupid). but anyway, it seem you really succed by trying to make yourself look retard, congratulations ^________^. I hope you felt happy with your comment though, maybe you are having a better life now?
  • Quasar90, you remind me of those old guys "Get off of my lawn! Don't like what I don't like, grrr!" . Lol!
  • 5 years? I've been doin' it for 20. Guess I'm really behind the times.
  • Eh..?sure that's what you meant...? Stupid..
  • Didn't get a chance to try it. Did it copy back to PC across WAN or was it LAN only?
  • It goes through OneDrive so as long as you had a data connection
  • Excellenet, that's going to be nice once it's released.
  • Has someone else mentioned above, I really hope they'll release this sooner than later. Microsoft has a tendency to have great ideas, which are implemented by the competition faster.
  • There are other apps/services that did this before MS. I'm sure you can check the chrome plugins and find something there too.
  • It is awesome, and I'll just have to wait patiently for the public release! Can't wait!
  • I thought the problem is with my side!
  • It didn't work with me. App crashed on PC.
  • Yeah, same here. Obviously there are still bugs to be worked out. Makes sense that they plugged the leak until it's ready to be released.
  • Need an @Microsoft account and don't have one.
  • You didn't. You needed to install on the PC, then generate a pairing code for your phone. That was the trick around it.
  • Wen for regular users in india?
  • How do you have a windows phone then?
  • @hotmail , not @Microsoft
  • No difference
  • @Microsoft is for EMPLOYEES. It was an internal, employee only beta.  There is a difference between and
  • Really? Try putting in your hotmail address and see if it works. Its a no go.
  • I'm sure someone will be along soon to translate that headline.
  • Still waiting..
  • still waiting ;)
  • Waiting, still
  • Rewrite my comment :) Nix - to put an end to/ cancel
  • Yeah that was the only bit I understood ;¬)
  • I think the person who leaked it should be banned just as those did on Xbox one. Fair is fair.
  • Microsoft released a statement that that headline was untrue. The X1 leakers weren't banned, although they should've been
  • Talking about throwing somebody under the bus.
  • they must have great things planned. you have our support.
  • Oops
  • It was good while it lasted
  • Great service. It worked great yesterday. Can't wait for them to make it official.
  • It is actually a productive idea.. I'm looking forward to its official release..
  • Serves you right.
  • I wonder how long until the leakers' phones are bricked?
  • I loved it and had already started planning on using it. Very slick UI and smooth functionality. Looking forward to when it will be reactivated.
  • Wasn't able to side load it as my w8 partition was corrupted from an os update
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  • Of course they killed it. It worked perfectly, and we don't want that. /s
  • Yep, it's not buggy enough for release yet! ;)
  • :)))
  • Couldn't put it to much practical use.
    The idea was great, but the UI was not so great. I really liked the hyperlapse PC app interface.
  • LMAO!!
  • In the meantime, I just use One Note.
  • I liked it. Just didn't realize that what I copied disappeared from the clipboard after a while.
  • Good, they should kill it and should release it when it's ready. Im okay with them doing this.
  • OneNote and Office Lens is having same funtionality as OneClip, but OneNote and Office Lens have even more features. However as a light weight app the OneClip might be handy in some situations. I recommend trying OneNote and Office Lens apps on all platforms available (wp, ios, android) and onenote Windows desktop application.
  • OneNote is more "storage" and organizing.  OneClip seems designed for needs that are quick and easy.  If I don't want to store a link or an address or some meme graphic, why clutter my long term storage with such things? Those are also steps and OneNote doesn't seem to synchronize continuously.  OneClip adds that "instant" advantage.
  • It syncs fast enough. And while you take on the extra responsibility of cleaning out your scratch pad note every once in a while, the fact that you can pin a specific note makes it pretty smooth and great.
  • Didn't try it but saw the video demo and looks very useful.
  • It was expected they would just remove any leaked stuff. it was really weird when I saw it was "leaked" I thought it was kind of official or something. but yeah, it seems useful but if it was leaked, then that means we can't do anything about it.
  • I like how in the software world it's called leaked, whereas with every other product it would be called stolen and unlawfully distributed. Of course, there are purposeful leaks for publicity.
  • Not necessarily.... Films are leaked. And the original software was never "stolen" it was given to them, they had the right to have and use it, just didn't have the rights to distribute to the general public. Like I said with films, when copies are sent to critics etc. They are allowed to have it, just not give it away or show anyone else :)
  • God bless show box and full movies for WP...
  • So I will just use Kopy on my pc untill I can't.
  • Why not let people use it I mean shit this isn't the 90's look how the preview programs are coming u get alot of use and buzz and help from people cause of them playing with it early
  • If you're looking for an alternative in the meanwhile, check out the app "Kopy". Also for WP/W8 and around much longer already! Works like a charm as well, although it doesn't copy everything in your ctrl+c clipboard right away. Much safer if you ask me though :)
  • May I know what phone is that from LG?
  • It will probably be official in a month so hold tight.
  • I'm looking forward to this application being released. I can see a number of nice use cases for it.. Of course, all convenience related, but that's a good thing. It will really highlight the beauty of a One Windows solution for all devices.  Now if we could just have our phone join a work group or drag/drop files to shares on a local network .. or to a printer....   That would be nice integration....