In the leaked screenshots of the upcoming Windows 9 build 9834, we reported yesterday that Storage Sense was spotted under PC Settings. If you are a Windows Phone user, you must be aware of the Storage Sense app. Storage Sense app allows you to manage the storage in Windows Phone devices, it gives you breakdown of the storage space used by category, and also the amount of free space left.  You can tap any category to view more details, find where to manage those files on your phone, or clear out temporary files. If you’re running Windows Phone 8.1, Storage Sense provides you with additional actions to free up space, such as moving apps to your SD card (if you have one), uninstalling apps, and deleting downloaded files. Today, Winfuture.de posted some new screenshots of Storage Sense in Windows 9. It has two new sections, Storage Overview and Default save locations. Storage Overview ...

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  One of the most common things users perform on cloud storage services is to access the files. If a developer wants to allow an user to select a file from his cloud storage service, he needs to write a file picker for that storage service using their SDK. OneDrive today released a SDK to make the life of Android developers easy for implementing OneDrive file picker in their apps. With the Android open picker, you can get started opening files in minutes instead of days. The picker lets you get links to download file content directly or view links that are great for sharing, as well as a set of thumbnails for image files. To get started, download the SDK (or view on GitHub) and  add a couple lines of code to your Android app. You now have the native OneDrive Android experience for opening files ready to go and billions ...

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Microsoft Office team today announced their plans to scale up the limits for Public Folders in Office 365. They announced that the folder count limit has been increased to 100,000 folders, a 10x increase over the prior limit as defined in the Exchange service description limits. Microsoft believes that this increase in limit will enable migration of larger existing public folder hierarchies and increased use of the feature in Office 365. As this is a cloud based feature, customers can immediately take advantage of this new scale for public folders. As you scale the number of public folders in the service you might need to keep track of the number of folders. Exchange Online remote PowerShell provides an easy way to see the current public folder count in Office 365. Using the Get-PublicFolder and Measure-Object cmdlets you can readily get a current count of your public folders created in Office 365. Source: Office 365 ...

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Box, a leading cloud storage and collaboration startup has today announced a new set of integrations between Box and Microsoft for customers using Office 365. Box expects that these integrations will provide secure, mobile collaboration and content management that’s tightly tied to where users are creating content, including: Box for Office 2013 Desktop: Users can easily open, edit, share and save any file from Box seamlessly within Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Box for Outlook 2013 Desktop: Box streamlines email workflow, enabling users to share links to files already stored in Box and convert document attachments to secure Box shared links. Box will make these new integrations available in beta this fall for all Box customers, with Office Online integrations coming thereafter. Along with this announcement, Box also announced that they are removing storage limits for our Business customers. So, you get unlimited storage for storing all your files! Source: Box ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have acquired InMage, an emerging company in the cloud-based business continuity solutions. InImage appliance provides private and public cloud migration, unified backup and disaster recovery for today’s 24×7 enterprises. It’s self-contained and scalable architecture includes compute, network and storage resources that enable quick implementations. This significantly reduces the operational cost and time compared to competing products. With this acquisition, Microsoft is trying to make Azure the ideal destination for disaster recovery for virtually every enterprise server in the world. As the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, Microsoft is committed to solving this challenge for customers. This acquisition will accelerate our strategy to provide hybrid cloud business continuity solutions for any customer IT environment, be it Windows or Linux, physical or virtualized on Hyper-V, VMware or others. This will make Azure the ideal destination for disaster recovery for virtually every enterprise server in the world. ...

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Microsoft today announced Microsoft Azure StorSimple solution for the enterprise. This will be available starting next month which will automate and eliminate one of the biggest problems facing IT organizations – double digit data growth and the storage capacity and data protection complexities that come with it. Azure StorSimple simplifies disaster recovery, consolidates management and brings on-premises data to the cloud for development and testing of new apps. The new StorSimple 8000 series hybrid storage arrays are the most powerful StorSimple systems ever and have even tighter integration with Azure, including two new Azure-based capabilities to enable new use cases and centralize data management. These new solutions demonstrate how Microsoft is bringing the best of on-premises storage together with the cloud in order to deliver bottom line savings to customers by cutting storage costs from 40 to 60% and helping IT teams focus more on business strategies than infrastructure management. ...

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Along with the announcement about doubling the free storage for OneDrive users to 15GB from 7GB, Microsoft also announced a great deal for Office 365 subscribers. All versions of Office 365 will come with 1 TB of OneDrive storage from next month. For Office 365 Home ($9.99/mo) you’ll get 1 TB per person (up to 5 people), and with Office 365 Personal ($6.99/mo) and University ($79.99/4yr) you will get 1 TB per subscription. This is a great follow on to our April announcement that all OneDrive for Business customers will get 1 TB of cloud storage per person too. Also, if you just want more storage instead of Office 365 subscription, the new dramatically reduced monthly prices will be $1.99 for 100 GB (previously $7.49) and $3.99 for 200 GB (previously $11.49). If you haven’t yet signed up for OneDrive, you can learn more and sign up at http://onedrive.com/.   ...

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It was today reported that Microsoft will build its next billion dollar data center in southeast West Des Moines in Iowa. This upcoming data center will be one of the Microsoft’s largest centers in the U.S., according to plans unveiled today. This “Project Alluvion” is valued at $1.1 billion and will take 154 acres in West Des Moines’ southeast corner. Microsoft already has a data center in the region and the total investment in West Des Moines to just under $2 billion. Microsoft will get incentives from the state government by few millions, but Microsoft has promised to offer 84 jobs in this area. During its meeting Friday, the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board approved granting Microsoft a $20.3 million sales tax rebate for the project. That tax rebate would be available until 2021. Those state incentives come on top of the $18 million in incentives already promised by West Des Moines. To receive those incentives, Microsoft ...

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If you missed the 100GB of free OneDrive storage deal from Microsoft last week, here is your chance to redeem yourself.  Microsoft is now offering 100 GB of OneDrive storage for 100 Bing Rewards credits. Redeem today for 100 GB of OneDrive storage for year in addition to the 7 GB of free OneDrive storage that all customers receive at sign up. 100 GB for a year on OneDrive, has a $50 value, this is another perk for Microsoft’s most consistent and loyal Bing users. If you are new to Bing Rewards, sign up here. Bing Rewards was designed to help you discover ways Bing can help you do the things that are most important to you. Just like a frequent flyer program, you can earn credits by searching the web every day with Bing and then redeem them for great rewards including gift cards from top brands or donate your credits to a local school ...

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As announced earlier, Microsoft today launched OneDrive to the general public. OneDrive is the same service which you enjoyed as SkyDrive in the past few years, now it has been rebranded due to legal issues. It offers 7GB of free storage space for everyone who signs up. You will also get 3 GB when you connect your camera rolls, 500 MB for users who refer their friends. You can also get extra storage as part of an Office 365 subscription. 20 GB per person or up to 100 GB per household when you share your subscription benefits. If you want more storage, you can additional 50GB for $25, 100GB for $50 and 200GB for $100. Microsoft also announecd new monthly plans for OneDrive storage. Starting at $4.49 a month for 50GB and going up to $11.49 a month for 200GB. Go to OneDrive.com for more details. ...

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  All new Xbox One comes with 500GB internal storage which is not removable and upgradable too. Microsoft also revealed that the support for external storage won’t be available at launch. From the reviews of Xbox One, each big next generation game after installation takes about 50GB of storage. So, basically you can install about 10 huge games at a time on your Xbox One. One of the glaring omissions on Xbox One OS seems to be the storage management. There is no overview page where you can look at the storage space remaining, which game is taking more storage, etc,. It seems Xbox One OS itself will do the storage management somehow. Neowin spoke with Microsoft and got the following response, Xbox One was designed to make storage management automatic. For saved games, settings, and other information that Xbox One customers save to the cloud, space is virtually unlimited. On the ...

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More than two years ago Microsoft started allowing users to expand their device storage using a USB Flash drive. This was limited to 16 GB per drive however, irrespective of the size of the drive. Now in the latest Fall Dashboard update Microsoft has quietly enabled support for up to 32 GB of flash drive storage, with Microsoft saying: "Yes. The more our customers use their profile and download digital content, the larger the file size necessary to store that content and move it between consoles gets. Therefore we increased the size of the memory to enable our customers to take more of their Xbox profile with them on the go." Other features brought by the update was Internet Explorer, Smartglass support and enhanced search functionality. Via JoyStiq.com ...

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