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OneDrive Files On-Demand now available for Windows Insiders

Hello Windows Insiders!

At Build 2017, Joe Belfiore announced that the new OneDrive Files On-Demand feature will be delivered with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. And today, we are excited to announce that OneDrive Files On-Demand is rolling out to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring who are on Build 16215. The updated OneDrive client will be rolling out over the next few days but can also be installed from here.

OneDrive Files On-Demand

With Files On-Demand, you can access all your files in the cloud without having to download them and use storage space on your device. All your files—even online-only files—can be seen in File Explorer and work just like every other file on your device. You’ll be able to open online-only files from within any desktop or Windows Store apps using the Windows file picker. And you’re covered in both your home and professional life since it works with your personal and work OneDrive, as well as your SharePoint Online team sites.

After enabling Files On-Demand in OneDrive, your files will have these statuses in File Explorer:

Online-only files

Online-only files

Online-only files don’t take up space on your computer. You see a cloud icon for each online-only file in File Explorer, but the file doesn’t download to your device until you open it. You can only open online-only files when your device is connected to the internet. However, you online files will always be visible in File Explorer even if you are offline.

 Locally available files

Locally-available files

When you open an online-only file, it downloads to your device and becomes a locally available file. You can open a locally available file anytime, even without Internet access. If you need more space, you can change the file back to online-only. Just right-click the file and select “Free up space.”

Always available files

Always available files

Only files that you mark as “Always keep on this device” have the green circle with the white check mark. These files will always be available even when you’re offline. They are downloaded to your device and take up space.

To read up on everything you need to know about OneDrive Files On-Demand, click here.

And here are a few things we recommend you try out!

  • Setup your personal MSA and Office 365 accounts with OneDrive Files On-Demand.
  • Right-click on a file or folder in OneDrive and select “Free up space” or “Always keep on this device”.
  • Double click an online-only file with a cloud on it. It will download on-demand.
  • Navigate into a folder in OneDrive that is full of pictures, and you can watch the thumbnails populate.
  • Access an online-only file through your favorite apps.
  • Mount a SharePoint Online team site.
  • Work with all your files as you normally do!

This has been the #1 requested feature for OneDrive on UserVoice, so we’re excited to get this out to Windows Insiders. Tell us what you think!

Microsoft Store shares four ways to declutter your digital space

Jevon Grigg and Jonathan Aviles are product service advisors at the flagship Microsoft Store in New York

KonMari. Feng Shui. Japanese Minimalism. These are all methods that individuals use to bring order and balance to their physical space, whether that is a home, room or as small as a workspace. But have you thought about how to use these same principals to declutter your digital space, including devices like your PC?

Microsoft Store

Microsoft Store’s Answer Desk is a great local resource if you want an extra set of hands to help you declutter, or just want to learn how to get the most out of your technology. You can stop by your nearest Microsoft Store or set up an appointment with the Answer Desk for free tech support from one of our experts. Our physical stores offer free services for some of the techier solutions like PC tune-ups and device recycling. Our knowledgeable advisors offer free technology workshops and support on hardware and software, and will answer questions and help with any device with Microsoft software.

In celebration of National Clean Out Your Computer Day today, we asked Microsoft Store tech experts to share their favorite ways to clear out and clean up devices to boost productivity, improve organization and bring peace of mind.

1. Use OneDrive to store your files in the cloud: Free up space on your PC by storing your files in OneDrive.

  • OneDrive is a great cloud storage service to store your files, like photos, videos, or documents. By storing these files in OneDrive, you can free up space on your PC. If you want to learn more about getting started with OneDrive check out this Windows 10 tip.

2. Speed It Up: Just like a car, computers need a little tune-up every now and then to make sure they are running as efficiently as possible.

  • Make sure your software is up to date. Updated software will ensure programs run smoother and reduce the risk of security concerns. If you have questions about this you can set up an appointment with the Answer Desk for free tech support from experts at your nearest Microsoft Store.
  • Defragmentation is also an easy step to take. Without getting too technical, defragmentation is the process of moving the different pieces that make up a file closer together, helping the computer respond quicker. Windows 10 users can search for “Defragment and Optimize Drives” in their Start menu to run.

3. Inbox Sanity: Are you tied down by your ever-expanding inbox and the guilt of all those unread messages? Here are some simple tips to help get your inbox under control – and keep it that way.

  • The Rules feature in Outlook is a simple way to keep your inbox orderly. Set up your inbox so that certain mails can always be found in specific folders or send those notes you know you will delete right to the trash bin.
  • Sweep in Outlook on the web is a tool that can help you quickly get rid of unwanted mail. Delete emails in bulk with the Sweep feature or create a rule for deleting certain emails so you don’t have to do it manually.
  • Sign up for a newsletter you don’t read? Unsubscribe. Reduce the number of emails you receive each day by unsubscribing to email newsletters you don’t need anymore. In Outlook on the web, you can easily unsubscribe with just one click, all without leaving your inbox.
  • To learn more about inbox management, check out this Guide to inbox management from the Outlook team. And visit this link to download the Outlook mobile app.

4. Knowledge is Power: Dedicate time to learn about your device. By learning more about how your device works, you will give yourself the power and know-how to resolve issues and keep your device clean and healthy on a continuous basis. A great way to learn more is by attending a free technology workshop at your local Microsoft Store.

What are your favorite tips for uncluttering your digital life? Share them with the Microsoft Store on Facebook and Twitter!

Announcing UWP Community Toolkit 1.3

The UWP Community Toolkit continues to grow at a rapid speed thanks to the ideas and contributions from the community. Over the last period, over 82 percent of the contributions came from the developer community (59 contributors). Thank you!

Today, we are happy to announce the largest update to the toolkit since the launch a few months ago!

You can get started following these steps, or preview the latest features by installing the UWP Community Toolkit Sample App from the Windows Store.

As a reminder, the toolkit can be used in any app (across PC, Xbox One, Mobile, HoloLens and Surface Hub devices) targeting Windows 10 November Update (10.0.10586) or above. The few features that rely on newer OS updates are clearly marked in the documentation and in the Sample App.

Here’s just a summary of what’s new in Version 1.3:

  1. Controls. Several new controls were added in this release, including some very popular requests from the community:
    • WrapPanel. Positions child elements in sequential position from left to right or top to bottom, breaking content to the next line.
    • TextboxMask and TextBoxRegex (attached properties). Allows setting common or custom masks (like telephone numbers) for input.
    • SurfaceDialTextboxHelper (attached property). Extends any Textbox control to be controlled directly from a Surface Dial.
    • MarkdownTextBlock. Embeds and renders in real-time markdown syntax.
    • TileControl. Enables repeatable tile content.
    • ScrollHeader. Builds upon FadeHeader and enables Quick Return, Sticky and Fade behaviors.
    • Expander. Provides an extendable container to show/hide any content by clicking the header.
    • AdvancedCollectionView: Builds upon CollectionView and easily sorts and filters collections before displaying them.
    • Loading control. Shows an animation with some content when the user should wait in some tasks of the app.
  2. Services
    • OneDrive service. Roam user files through the new OneDrive service with a simplified API model (similar to StorageFolder). The new service makes it easy to authenticate OneDrive users and more in the same consistent way you have come to expect from the toolkit services.
    • Microsoft Translator Service. Translate text in 60 languages supported by Microsoft Translator Services. The free tier supports up to 2 million requests per month.
    • We’ve added support for geographical metadata to tweets.
  3. Animations
    • Light. Add light effects to your page or controls to draw user attention.
    • Reorder grid animations (attached property). Add smooth animations when resizing a grid view.
    • ParallaxService. Allows to create a parallax effect for items contained within an element that scrolls like a ScrollViewer or ListView.
  4. Notifications
    • New toast features. Allows group toasts notifications (only available on Creator Update).
  5. Accessibility. With the support of the community, we started the journey to add accessibility capabilities to all the controls in the toolkit. You can track progress here.
  6. Sample App
    • The Sample App now has embedded documentation (using the new Markdown control).
    • The Sample App provide pointers to a few external OSS resources, for example, the newly released Windows SDK for Google Analytics.
    • It is now available for preview on Xbox One.
  7. UserVoice
    • The community can now submit and vote for new features on UserVoice.

If you are interested in contributing, please join us on Github!

Windows 10 Tip: Stay in sync with OneDrive

Did you know you can get to your files and photos from anywhere, on any device, while keeping them all in sync?  You can with Microsoft OneDrive – a free cloud storage solution – preinstalled for you on Windows 10.

Here’s how to get started with OneDrive:

To put documents or photos in your OneDrive, simply open File Explorer, select OneDrive, and drag your files into your OneDrive folder. You can now access those files online at OneDrive.com or on your mobile device. OneDrive keeps all your files in sync across your devices.

Windows 10 Tip: Stay in sync with OneDrive

OneDrive saves a copy of your file to the cloud and to your PC. But if you’re running low on space, you can choose what files to sync to your PC. Simply open the OneDrive folder in File Explorer, right-click a file and select “Choose OneDrive folders to sync.” Clear the checkboxes next to the folders you don’t need on your PC – and voila – the files are removed from your PC but you can still access them on OneDrive.com or on your mobile device. You can also choose to sync your photos directly from your phone to OneDrive and have every photo you take on every device you own.

Windows 10 Tip: Stay in sync with OneDrive

Enjoy your time in the cloud!

Poll results: Do you auto upload photos to OneDrive?

To find out if you auto-upload photos to OneDrive on Windows Phone, we asked you to take part in a poll. You voted and the results are in.


Why are we pointing out this feature? Setting your phone to auto-upload photos you take to OneDrive is immensely useful if you’re worried about losing any special memories.

The outcome could only have gone one of two ways: yes or no.


The “yes” votes won with 86 percent versus 14 percent from the “no” camp.

If you’re part of that 14 percent, head over to settings > photos + camera > Auto upload to OneDrive: On.

Now, head over to WindowsBlogs on Twitter and share one Lumia or Windows Phone image you’ve saved on OneDrive.

How rising star Vidya Srinivasan launched her career at Microsoft

In 2010, Vidya Srinivasan canceled Christmas. A computer science graduate student at North Carolina State University by way of Chennai, India, she had scored an unexpected internship interview with Microsoft in Seattle.

“I canceled my vacation,” she said. “I reached out to all the Microsoft connections I could possibly find. I spent my Christmas with books, because I really wanted to nail that interview.”

And she did. Three years into her career in tech, Vidya is now a program manager for OneDrive-SharePoint, still on the same team she interned with in 2011.

Vidya, who could outtalk a roomful of teenage girls on Red Bull, is petite and bubbly. She is also the type of person who works insanely hard for extreme goals, and doesn’t necessarily see rescheduling the occasional holiday as a sacrifice. Originally from Hyderabad, India — Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s hometown — Vidya is an only child born to banker parents who raised her to be highly independent. By age 3, she was training to be a classical singer, a career path she kept open in case computer science didn’t work out. Throughout college, Vidya performed on four Indian television shows, appearing alongside some of the country’s musical superstars. Last year, when her Microsoft Hackathon team, Ability Eye Gaze, appeared to be reaching the finals, she realized her planned trip to Alaska might interfere with presenting the project to Nadella if they won. So she canceled the trip. (And good thing, because they won.)

That’s not to say she’s never had a crisis of confidence. As a new arrival to NCSU, she almost turned around and went home. “I called my mom, and I’m like, ‘Mom, I think I’ve made a mistake,’” she said. Her fellow graduate students had several years of work experience, had already met with professors, and knew what they wanted to achieve with their degrees.

“They were asking, ‘Do you know this, do you know that?’” she recalled. “I said, ‘No.’ ‘Do you have experience?’ ‘No. I graduated three months ago.’ People said, ‘If you don’t have these skills, you’ll never get a job.’” The cultural shift scared her, too. “When I was an undergraduate, the coursework is prescribed. In grad school, you design your own destiny.”

By the time the first career fair came around in October, Vidya knew she needed to land an internship to get ahead. “I couldn’t sleep the night before,” she said.

Read the full story.

Challenge for Change winners inspire, apps keep your devices in sync and Kinect powers a symphony — Weekend Reading, May 29 edition

Young people who just might change the world, apps to help you achieve more and a first-of-its-kind musical performance were just a few of this week’s highlights. Before you settle into a relaxing weekend, take a look back at the news and find some great reasons to feel inspired.


Ten teens and young adults with cool ideas to do good in the world won Microsoft’s YouthSpark Challenge for Change contest. Winner Abhishek Paudel is now even more dedicated to bringing health care to remote areas of Nepal after the April earthquake destroyed his family’s entire village, and Dana Berejka, who learned about the sad toll of malaria when a little girl she was corresponding with in Rwanda died from it, plans to help protect others from the disease.

Paudel, Berejka and the other eight winners each get $2,500 to kick-start their projects, a Windows Phone and an incredible trip to Nicaragua to do hands-on volunteer work. If you want to be inspired — and possibly feel like an underachiever — you can read more about these ambitious young people and their big ideas to change the world.

Of course you, too, can do more in the world with a couple of cool new apps coming to Windows 10 that let you move seamlessly among all of your devices regardless of which operating system you’re using. The Phone Companion app on Windows 10 PCs will help you set up a Windows phone, Android Phone or iPhone to make sure your photos, music, documents and other important stuff are there wherever you are.

The second app is good news for Android and iPhone users: You’ll soon be able to access Cortana, letting you take advantage of all the great perks of having Microsoft’s super-smart digital personal assistant bring some order to your busy life.

Android tab

And more good news comes from the company’s “cross-platform services strategy to bring an array of Microsoft services to every person on every device,” writes Nick Parker, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Original Equipment Manufacturer Division: Microsoft apps and services will now be available on even more Android tablets. Agreements with 20 new device partners, including LG, Sony and Haier, mean a total of 31 partners will soon offer Android tablets pre-installed with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype.


And speaking of new partners, what happens when you pair a gifted symphony maestro with Kinect? The result was a 20-minute performance that captivated audience members who were lucky enough to attend the one-of-a kind event. Seattle Symphony Music Director Ludovic Morlot used the motion-sensing technology to control a set of reed horns, chimes and a grand piano to play “Above, Below and In Between,” by Seattle-based kinetic sculptor Trimpin. Learn more about the two-year effort in this video.

Morlot says the idea of conducting with Kinect took him out of his comfort zone. “I’ve been old-fashioned in a way, studying music. The element of bringing technology to it is foreign to me,” he says. “That’s what attracted me to it.”


Another novel idea is giving kids in southwest Detroit a safe, reliable way to get to tech classes, reading programs and sports camps. The Detroit Bus Company’s efforts are featured in a series about how entrepreneurs are reshaping a post-bankruptcy Detroit. Learn more about the bus line’s creator, Andy Didorosi, and others who break boundaries and #DoMore on Microsoft’s Instagram page.

photo caption

Ever need to write a quick caption for a photo? Soon, a computer could be doing it for you. Microsoft researchers are developing technology that can automatically identify the subjects in a picture, interpret what’s happening and write an accurate caption explaining it. Beyond being a useful tool, it shows big promise for Microsoft’s work in the artificial intelligence arena.

Rhonna designs

Looking for a little flair for your photos instead? You can add some style with Rhonna Designs, our app of the week. Or for some weekend adventure, dive in and save humanity in “Overkill 3” — new for Windows — or battle villains in “Monster GO!” Too much pressure? Popping balloons as you navigate a twisty maze in “Bloons TD 5” might be the way to go.

And from this edition of Weekend Reading, that’s a wrap! Time for you to find your own ways to change the world — or at least enjoy your Saturday and Sunday.

Posted by Tracy Ith
Microsoft News Center Staff

Your Windows 10 PC will love all the devices you own

Whether it’s a 3-year-old printer or projecting to your brand new TV with Miracast, we’re building Windows 10 to be terrific at connecting all your devices. In a multi-device world where you move between your phone, tablet, and PC multiple times a day – you expect your experience to go wherever you do. That’s why we built Windows 10 on a common core and enabled Windows Universal Apps, so people using Windows 10 for both their PC and smartphone experience will get an optimal, seamless experience as they transition devices throughout the day.

But, we also realize that many people use iPhones or Android phones, and we want them to enjoy some of their Windows experience and content while away from their Windows 10 PC.  Regardless of the operating systems you choose across your devices – everything important to you should roam across the products you already own – including your phone.

A real challenge people face is figuring out how to make everything work together. That’s why we’re announcing a ‘Phone Companion’ app built-in to Windows 10, which will help you connect your Windows PC to whatever phone you own– whether it’s a Windows phone, Android phone, or iPhone.


When you launch the Phone Companion app on your PC, you pick which type of phone you own –Windows phone, Android phone, or iPhone. With a Windows phone, there’s nothing extra needed. But for an Android phone or iPhone you need to follow a few easy steps to get the right apps on your phone to make it work great in conjunction with your Windows 10 PC.


All your files and content will be magically available on your PC and your phone:

  • With the OneDrive app setup correctly on your phone, every photo you take on your phone will show up automatically in the Photos app on your Windows 10 PC.
  • With the latest upcoming version of the Music app, you’ll be able to store and access your music from OneDrive not only on your PC but now also play it anywhere, for free, on your iOS or Android phone (this already works on Windows phones). This means the music playlists you spend hours putting together on your Windows 10 PC will now show up and be playable on your phone, automatically.
  • Take a note wherever you are—notes you write on your PC in OneNote will show up on your phone. And any note you tweak on your phone will get synced to your PC.
  • And you can work on your Office documents from any of your devices, without worrying about moving files around.

Cortana: the first personal digital-assistant who works across your PC & your phone

When you upgrade your PC for free* to Windows 10 this summer, your experience will include Cortana.** Those of you familiar with benefits of the deep integration of Cortana on Windows phone can expect to see the same integration on your Windows 10 PC. Cortana will be able to help you get lots of things done, from searching for things on the web or your device to setting reminders, dictating email, or toggling device settings. Cortana is also integrated into our new web browser for Windows 10 – Microsoft Edge.

Part of the power of a personal assistant comes from being available on the go, on the device you carry with you everywhere. And for people who don’t have the benefit of a Windows phone, we want to extend the advantage of Cortana in Windows 10.  How will this work?  Today, we’re announcing a Cortana application for Android phones and for iPhones which works as a companion to Cortana on your Windows 10 PC. The ‘Phone Companion’ app on the PC will help you install the Cortana app from the Google Play or Apple App Store onto your phone so you’ll be able to take the intelligence of Cortana with you, wherever you go.

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The Cortana app can do most of the things Cortana does on your PC or on a Windows phone. You can have Cortana remind you to pick up milk the next time you’re at the grocery store, and then your phone will wake up and buzz with the reminder. You’ll be able to track a flight using Cortana on both your phone and your PC, and get the updates on the device that you’re on so you don’t miss anything.  Everything in Cortana’s Notebook will show up across all your devices and any changes you make on one device will be reflected when you use Cortana on any of your other devices. The Cortana companion app will help you complete tasks you begin on your PC wherever you are, on your phone. Want to see more?  Watch the video below for a demo:

Although the functionality will be very helpful, because it’s “just an app” there will be certain things that Cortana does on Windows phones that won’t work on Android devices or iPhones.  Some features require access to the system that aren’t currently possible with iOS or Android, so things like toggling settings or opening apps won’t initially be available in the Cortana companions for those platforms.  Similarly, the ability to invoke Cortana hands-free by saying “Hey Cortana” requires special integration with the device’s microphone, so that feature will be limited to Windows Phones and PCs.

Windows 10: Designed for All Your Devices

Today’s three announcements illustrate how serious we are about ensuring your Windows 10 PC will be amazing at working with all your devices.  We think no other PC operating system can do all this:

  1. The Phone Companion app on Windows 10 PCs will help you setup a Windows phone, Android Phone, or iPhone to ensure your key Windows experiences—your photos, your music, your docs– move effortlessly wherever you do.
  2. The updated Xbox Music app on Android and iPhone will enable free streaming playback of your music files and playlists from OneDrive, so all your music is available wherever you are.
  3. A companion Cortana app for Android and iPhone connects the world’s only personal digital assistant from your PC to your phone… right there to buzz you for reminders, answer your questions, and be your personal helper not just on your PC but on your phone, too.

At Microsoft, we want everyone to love not just their Windows 10 PC, but all the devices they own, working with their Windows 10 PC.

How and when can I try these out?

Join the Windows Insider Program to try out the Phone Companion app on a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build we’ll flight out in a few weeks. The Cortana companion will be available for Android phones at the end of June and for iPhones later this year. The updated Xbox Music app for Android and iPhone will be available in late June or July of this year, with “beta” functionality to enable streaming of OneDrive music content.

* Go to Windows.com for more details.

** Cortana will be available on Windows 10 at launch in select markets.