Items tagged with OneDrive

We've already widely covered a laundry list of issues plaguing the Windows 10 May 2020 Update (version 2004), but Microsoft is working overtime to ensure that these issues are tackled one by one. Conventional wisdom would dictate that with so many issues surrounding the update, why not just wait it out until Microsoft gets its act together? However, some people actually want to migrate to Windows 10 Version 2004, perhaps for some of the new features that are included with it. In this case, many people are finding that they're still being blocked from installing the update, and in some cases, it appears that the OneDrive app is the root cause. Microsoft has already confirmed... Read more...
It is a good thing Microsoft opted to slow play the roll out of its May 2020 Update (build 2004) for Windows 10, otherwise it could have ended up another train wreck, like the October 2018 Update (build 1809) that caused so many problems a couple of years ago. Adding to the growing list of problems with the latest feature upgrade is a bug affecting some OneDrive users. "I recently updated Windows 10 to version 2004, and after the last update-related reboot OneDrive would keep complaining about not being able to connect to Windows--required for the Files On-Demand feature," a user wrote on Microsoft's Tech Community forums. The user says they tried a workaround related to cldflt.sys offered in... Read more...
installing the May 2020 Update for Windows 10 is still not an option on my main desktop, and I am just fine with that, given the number of issues that have arisen since it went public on May 27. We have written about several of them already. The latest woes reported by Windows 10 users who made the upgrade include experiencing login issues in various programs. Fortunately, the login headaches some users are having do not appear to be widespread. Nevertheless, it is annoying for those who are experiencing issues, no matter how many others are running into the same trouble. Over on Reddit, a user started on a thread regarding Windows 10 version 2004 forgetting login information in Chrome, Edge,... Read more...
Today is March 31st, which in the tech world means that it is World Backup Day. We always stress here at HotHardware that you should backup all of your data frequently, because you never know when disaster will strike, be it an act of god or malware attack that renders your system unusable.  Backups on Android and iOS devices In the smartphone realm, backups are pretty much taken care of for you automatically. Many Android OEMs offer automated mechanism that will backup your entire phone automatically at set interval. For iPhones, Apple allows for automated daily backups as long as your device is connected to a power outlet and Wi-Fi. These automated backups are also only possible... Read more...
Microsoft has announced some updates for OneDrive Personal Vault that brings more security for important files and adds additional storage options. Personal Vault is a protected area within OneDrive that you can only access using a strong authentication method or a second step of identity verification such as a fingerprint, facial scan, PIN, or code sent via email or SMS. These locked files have an extra layer of security in case someone gains access to your device. Personal Vault adds to the current privacy and security that OneDrive offers, including file encryption at rest and in transit. OneDrive started to offer tools to fight malicious attacks and ransomware back in April of 2018. To enable... Read more...
The cloud is a highly competitive place, which makes perfect sense when you consider that so much of our daily lives exists online. And when it comes to work chores, for many users and businesses the cloud is a necessity, not a luxury. With that in mind, Microsoft is aggressively pursuing a larger chunk of the market with an enticing offer for OneDrive—make the switch from Google, Box, or Dropbox and play out the remainder of your contract for free. This is sort of like wireless carriers offering big credits to customers when they switch from a competitor. In Microsoft's case, however, it wants to make it easier for customers to jump ship from one of its major competitors and join OneDrive... Read more...
Today, during its Build 2017 conference, Microsoft announced the official name for Redstone 3: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Microsoft isn’t exactly being very creative with its name for the next major update to the Windows 10 operating system, but at least we know when it will be released to consumers. As the follow-up to the Windows 10 Creators Update, which was released last month, the Fall Creators Update brings a number of new features to the table including OneDrive Files On-Demand, Clipboard, Timeline, and Pick Up Where You Left Off. File On-Demand actually restores the “Placeholder” functionality that was originally included with OneDrive in Windows 8.1. With that operating system,... Read more...
If you are a heavy Plex user, you will be happy to know that a rather intriguing new feature has exited beta and is now available to all Plex Pass Subscribers. Plex Cloud allows you to bypass the use of a local home server for your media storage — which likely has to run 24-7-365 to provide immediate access to your videos, photos and music — in favor of directly streaming from a cloud storage service. In this case, Plex Cloud will allow you to directly interface with your OneDrive (personal), Dropbox or Google Drive accounts. Plex Cloud previously supported Amazon Drive during the beta period, but support was dropped after December 31st. “Unfortunately, the challenges with Amazon Drive have proven... Read more...
Storage space is precious, and that's especially true if you've ditched your hard drive in favor of a less capacious (but awesomely faster) solid state drive. With everything from games to high resolution photos and videos taking up larger chunks of storage, it's easy to fill up a drive. To make matters worse, it was a real bummer when Microsoft ditched its Placeholders feature for OneDrive in Windows 10—ack! Ah, but we have good news, folks! Microsoft is bringing Placeholders back, just under a new name.Don't know what Placeholders are? It was a feature of OneDrive that was available in Windows 8. What it did was give you a glimpse of your OneDrive files on your local drive, only they weren't... Read more...
There's a popular saying about procrastination that I'll tell you about later. In the meantime, here's a heads up that Microsoft has begun downgrading the free storage allotment of its OneDrive cloud service from 15GB to 5GB, just as the Redmond outfit said it would when it announced the impending reduction back in November of 2015. The reduction in free space was part of an overhaul to OneDrive that also saw the elimination of unlimited storage for Office 365 Home, Personal, and University subscribers. Microsoft was put off by a small number of people who used their unlimited OneDrive accounts to backup multiple systems, host DVR recordings, and even store entire movie collections. The OneDrive... Read more...
Microsoft added to the frustration of some of its OneDrive and Office 365 users over the weekend when it accidentally capped their storage ceiling at 1TB. The lowered data cap caught the users off guard because Microsoft had previously promised a one-year grace period for users who were using more than 1TB. OneDrive has been an ongoing source of angst for some users over recent months. It dates back to when Microsoft announced that Office 365 subscribers would be allowed to use as much OneDrive storage as they wanted to, only Microsoft later went back on its word because it felt that a small number of users were abusing the benefit by uploading large libraries of videos. Those users were consuming... Read more...
In November, Microsoft kicked OneDrive users in the gut when it announced that it was neutering its existing OneDrive storage options. Microsoft killed its unlimited storage option, executed the 100GB and 200GB storage tiers (replacing them with a lone 50GB tier) and announced that it would rollback the free 15GB tier to a mere 5GB (even for existing users). Microsoft blamed its need to make drastic changes to its storage tiers on data hogs that were using up to 75TB of storage on unlimited plans and using their OneDrive accounts to store DVR recordings, entire movie collections, and multiple complete machine backups. After facing incredible backlash for its drastic actions, Microsoft announced... Read more...
Microsoft sure did tick off a lot of customers when it announced some sweeping changes to its OneDrive storage tiers back in early November. The company informed users that it would nix the unlimited storage option and rollback the free 15GB storage tier to 5GB (along with killing the 15GB camera roll bonus). And if that wasn’t enough, Microsoft also vaporized the 100GB and 200GB plans, replacing them with a neutered 50GB option. Microsoft claimed that it took such drastic actions to stifle the few customers that were actually taking the company up on the “unlimited” offer by using OneDrive to store entire machine backups and massive movie libraries. “In some instances, this exceeded 75 TB per... Read more...
First announced late last fall, Microsoft's video component for Office 365 is now available worldwide to its enterprise customers. Microsoft's goal here is to allow companies to relay information via video throughout the organization using apps and an interface they're familiar with. One key advantage is that companies can get off of YouTube, with its insecure "Unlisted" option. Office 365 Video will work on any device that supports HTML5, and at the moment, there's just a single app available so far, for the iPhone. On Android? Just load up an HTML5-equipped browser, and the service should work just fine. Microsoft designed the Video interface with a responsive design, so whether on a desktop,... Read more...
Microsoft keeps sharing the love. In keeping with its welcome trend of embracing multiplatform app development, Microsoft announced that its popular scanning app for Windows Phone is now available for Android and iPhone devices. Office Lens for iPhone is free at Apple’s App Store and the Office Lens Android Preview is available to people interested in testing it out. The idea behind Office Lens is that it helps Microsoft OneNote users (and OneDrive users) pull content into the cloud with their smartphones. If you’re an Evernote user, you probably already use Scannable, a similar app. Scan a note or just about anything else with your smartphone and Office Lens automatically crops and optimizes... Read more...
The cloud storage wars are ongoing, and Amazon is the latest to fire a salvo into the fray. The company announced today that it is launching two new storage plans to satiate your need to store every bit of your digital life in the clouds The first option costs just $11.99 per year, and gives you unlimited Cloud Drive storage for your photos and 5GB for anything else that you may want to store. The second option is a bit pricier at $59.99 per year, but that gives you unlimited storage for any file that you want to upload to Cloud Drive. Both plans come with a 3-month trial, so you plenty of time to take a test drive to see if Cloud Drive meshes well with your storage needs. “Most people have a... Read more...
American companies tend to reserve their best promotional offers for their U.S.-based customers, and if they’re lucky, to our northern neighbors in Canada. Microsoft has offered Office 365 free to students in the U.S. since September 2014. Microsoft announced this week that millions of students and teachers around the world will now be eligible to sign up to receive Office 365 for free — there’s a rather extensive list of supported countries and languages that you can view here. There’s just one catch, however, and it’s a pretty big one. Schools first need to buy Office 365 subscriptions for faculty and staff. Only then will teachers and students be granted access to their free subscription to... Read more...
Microsoft really wants to get people hooked on its OneDrive cloud storage service. The company already provides unlimited OneDrive storage with an Office 365 subscription, but earlier this month it offered a perk to entice users that haven’t already made the plunge by offering 100GB of storage available for free (for two years we might add) just by signing up for Bing Rewards. Today, Microsoft is offering up another 100GB of free storage for a year if you’re an existing Dropbox user. The steps are pretty simple: Go to Microsoft’s promotion page and clock “Verify and get my storage”Sign in to your Microsoft account. If you don’t have one, you can register hereOnce logged in, click the “Save to... Read more...
Under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has shown a surprising amount of “love” for its competitors. It has provided high-functioning Office apps to iOS and Android users well ahead of solutions for its own Windows Phone platform. It has even partnered with Dropbox, which goes head-to-head with Microsoft’s own OneDrive online cloud storage solution. Today, Microsoft has even more love to share, as it is taking steps to offer more robust cloud storage integration into its Office apps. That starts today with the addition of updated iOS Office apps that allow users to “open, edit and save documents from these [third-party cloud storage providers] right from within Office.” That means that iOS users can... Read more...
The last time we visited Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage service, Microsoft gave all Office 365 subscribers unlimited storage. That’s definitely a nice perk for Microsoft’s Office suite that by itself costs $10 per month (or $100 per year). While that feature addition was aimed specifically at Office 365 users, Microsoft is running a new promotion aimed at that those who haven’t signed up for Office 365 or simply don’t need (or want) the productivity suite. This time around, Microsoft is giving away 100GB of free OneDrive storage space free for two years. While the service itself is free, there are a couple of strings attached, albeit two teeny tiny ones. You’ll need to first signup for Bing... Read more...
There's a weird issue affecting some Office 365 and OneDrive users, myself included, but what's even worse is the way it's being handled by Microsoft's online support system. I'll get to that in a moment, but first let's discuss the problem at hand, which is that some users recently ran into a problem getting Word 97-2007 Document files (*.doc) to upload to OneDrive. I first encountered the issue last week, and after successfully syncing many Word 97-2007 Document files for months prior, I suddenly encountered an error message that prevented me from uploading my files to OneDrive. "SAVE AGAIN  We need to refresh your file with updates. Click Save to try again," the error message reads. Unfortunately,... Read more...
It might not be its main business, but cloud storage is something Microsoft takes very seriously, and lately, it seems like the company takes great pleasure in getting under the skin of its competitors. This past summer, the company followed-up Google's decision to offer 1TB for 10 bucks a month with the same kind of plan, and afterwards, many questioned what Dropbox's next move would be. Well, it took just two months to find out - Dropbox would also be offering a 1TB plan for $10 a month. I'd like to think at that point, Google and Dropbox hoped Microsoft would chill for a while, but Redmond was having none of it. Just last Monday, the company announced that it'd be offering unlimited storage... Read more...
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