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CNET News Video: With OneDrive, Microsoft has its head in the cloud

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CNET News Video: With OneDrive, Microsoft has its head in the cloud

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Microsoft revamps and renames its SkyDrive cloud system, now called OneDrive, with hopes that users will store their photos, video, and documents there. CNET's Kara Tsuboi speaks with Chris Jones, vice president of Microsoft's OS Services Group, about the features.

-We're announcing today as the OneDrive service, which is one place for you to store all your documents and photos and the files you care about, the memories you keep track of everyday. -Okay. Ready. One, two, three. -We should see it pop up. -And 2/3 of people have a mobile phone. All their photos just stay on their phone. And they never go anywhere, really. I mean, they text them to people, but they're not backed up. And if they lose their phone, the photos are gone. -So, I got OneDrive on my iPad here. And you can see there is the same camera roll showing up. And I'm gonna go and grab all of those photos. And there are those photos that I took, right there. -iCloud doesn't work on Android phone, if you have that. And it doesn't go back to your Windows PC and put all your photos there. But OneDrive is really designed for all your devices. So, if you have an iPhone, you take those pictures, you can put them in OneDrive, and then, they're on your Mac with OneDrive for Mac. If you switch to an Android phone, those photos stay with you. You switch to Windows PC or Windows phone. So, they follow you for your life. In the area of documents, it's our connection with Microsoft Office, which people use. So, right in Office, you save right to OneDrive, you can open from OneDrive, you can use Office on your phone and get your OneDrive. All the documents are up there. These are my personal documents, then I have a nice folder for my work documents. So, really, it's that connection that makes the big difference for our service relative to other offerings like Google Drive or Dropbox or Box. The Xbox scenario is super cool. It's the, you know, if you're playing a game and you end up being in the situation where you got something great in the game, like you've killed your big enemy, you can actually take the last 30 seconds of that and upload it to OneDrive, and then share with your friends so they can participate in that moment. Five or ten years from now, if you say I lost a file, people are-- your kids are gonna look at you like you're funny. Because why would you ever have a world where you lost anything when you lost a device? It's all in the cloud. The OneDrive service comes with 7 megabytes for free. We're announcing a couple of things as part of this release. One, if you hook up your camera roll on your phone, you're getting another 3 gigabytes. We know how big those phone photos are. In the end, our job is to build tools that put the customer in control of their data. Not us. We're providing a service that helps the customer be in control.
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