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Microsoft OneDrive gets a host of useful photo editing features

Onedrive Photo Editing
Onedrive Photo Editing (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • OneDrive for Web and Android just got a feature-rich update.
  • It includes a plethora of basic photo editing capabilities.
  • It also includes Chromecast casting functionality.

OneDrive's web and Android presence just got a bit more meaningful. The different versions of OneDrive will now support photo editing tools so you can fix pics without any inconveniences.

You can now crop, flip, rotate, color adjust, and light adjust photos. If you want to crop freehand or use one of Microsoft's preset ratios, you have that option. You'll also be able to rotate pictures by standard ninety-degree increments or do milder tilts to straighten out photos that are slightly off-balance. For light and color tweaks, you can tinker with everything from exposure and contrast to warmth and saturation, as well as a bunch of other settings in-between.

These editing capabilities are rolling out right now for OneDrive personal accounts. OneDrive for school and work will have to wait until this summer (which is Microsoft's current estimated delivery timeframe), and OneDrive for iOS will get the features "later this year," according to Microsoft's blog post on the subject.

Onedrive Casting

Source: Microsoft (Image credit: Source: Microsoft)

In that same post, it's mentioned that you can now cast your OneDrive photos to TVs via Chromecast. Also, OneDrive users will receive the benefit of being able to organize pictures by date and source, though that feature isn't arriving until sometime within the next two months for OneDrive Android users.

Lastly, there's photo filtering. Here's how Microsoft describes it: "There are times when you only want to see images from your Pictures folder and times when you want to see all the photos in your OneDrive. Whatever the time, now you can filter for it. You can find this new option in the top right of your Photos tab on OneDrive for Android and the photos area of OneDrive for Web."

In short: It's a good day to be a OneDrive user.

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to robert.carnevale@futurenet.com.

10 Comments
  • Cool. So when is MS going to do something about their Photos app being a slow, heavy resource hog?
  • Exactly my thoughts. The Windows photos app is an embarrassment, especially compared to its counterparts at Apple and Google.
  • Your guess is as good as mine. Alas.
  • Separating the video editor as a separate app would solve most of the problems. It's just there to confuse people and slow down the Photos app.
  • Yup. This puts another nail in the coffin of Microsoft Photo. OneDrive meets all my needs now (except video editing, which I seldom do).
  • How about tags, isn't that considered useful?
  • Ok now should be possible to use it as main gallery app on android and support bi-directional sync
  • I wonder if this is foreshadowing a new photos and editing experience on windows 11.
  • It supports chromecast but not miracast?
  • It's 2021. A slideshow functionality please.