SkyDrive now supports geotags with Bing Maps

By LiveSide | In News | Posted January 5, 2012 22 comments

SkyDriveWindows Live SkyDrive was only recently updated back in November last year to Version 16.2 (Build 2955) with better sharing and file management functionalities (see the official change log here). Today we noticed that the SkyDrive team had released another minor update to SkyDrive, bumping the version number up to Build 3004. Thanks to a tip from an anonymous LiveSide reader, the update apparently brought another new feature to SkyDrive – geotags support. Check out the screenshot below showing this in action:

SkyDrive Geotag Support

Notice the new “Location” section with a map on the right info pane. The image was automatically uploaded from my Windows Phone with geotagging turned on. As you can see, the GPS co-ordinates were automatically uploaded to SkyDrive along with the photo, and plotted onto Bing Maps to show you the exact location where this photo was taken. Pretty nice addition!

For those of you concerned with privacy about this feature, fear not. Notice that lock icon on the top-right corner of the map – this icon signifies that these location details are only visible to me only, and as such my friends will not be able to track my location unknowingly (although it’s pretty obvious where that photo was taken!)

We understand that Microsoft is already working hard on version 16.3 (Wave 5 Milestone 3) of SkyDrive, and given the quite frequently release between the last two updates, we’re hoping to see many new features coming to SkyDrive really soon. If you have noticed anything new to SkyDrive, please let us know in the comments below!

Posted January 5th, 2012 at 9:20 pm
Category: News
Tags: Bing Maps, SkyDrive, Wave 5
  • http://beingmanan.com/ Manan

    That’s been there for a pretty long time now.

    • Anonymous

      Same here (Hong Kong), maybe the feature has just been deployed in damaster’s country?

  • http://beingmanan.com/ Manan

    That’s been there for a pretty long time now.

    • GraphiteCube

      Same here (Hong Kong), maybe the feature has just been deployed in damaster’s country?

  • Pat

    Can you manually add a location to a photo that doesn’t have geotagging?

    • Khristopher

      There doesn’t seem to be a way, unfortunately. Very stupid.

  • Pat

    Can you manually add a location to a photo that doesn’t have geotagging?

    • Khristopher Ranger

      There doesn’t seem to be a way, unfortunately. Very stupid.

  • Mendel Jedwab

    i hope that the next version of Photo Gallery has an actual map to, not just a text link

  • Mendel Jedwab

    i hope that the next version of Photo Gallery has an actual map to, not just a text link

  • Anonymous

    Pretty sure that feature (display geotags) has been there for a while now, hasn’t it?

  • jkth

    Pretty sure that feature (display geotags) has been there for a while now, hasn’t it?

  • Corven22

    It’s been there for quite a while. I confirm.

  • Corven22

    It’s been there for quite a while. I confirm.

  • Hotmail Alias

    I’ve been seeing this feature for more than a month.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/HotmailAlias Hotmail Alias

    I’ve been seeing this feature for more than a month.

  • Steven

    I’ve had this feature since the November update as well.  The only issue is that it does not display a map for Geotags added in Windows Live Photo Gallery since WLPG doesn’t add the Latitude and Longitude coordinates to the EXIF of the JPG.  So I guess this issue is really a problem with Photo Gallery, not with SkyDrive.  My photos that I’ve shot with my Windows Phone have the Geotags already embedded, but for photos that were taken with other cameras I’ve been manually adding the GPS coordinates to the EXIF metadata using Microsoft Pro Photo Tools.  Though I’ve recently been experiencing technical problems with MS PPT and have started using GeoSetter.  I have found that Google Maps is not as North Americentric as Pro Photo Tools, having better coverage of the other six continents.  What Microsoft needs to do is 1) add the functionality of Pro Photo Tools to Photo Gallery; and 2) give Bing Maps better world coverage.

    • http://gcoupe.wordpress.com/ Geoff Coupe

      I do wish WLPG wouldn’t use the term “geotag”, because this is commonly used to denote coordinate (i.e. Latitude and Longitude) data. What WLPG uses is textual data (i.e. the address) to represent the location.

      Now, of course, Skydrive is further muddying the water, by displaying geotags, and calling them “Location”. Sigh, I wish Microsoft would get their act together…

  • Uncommon_Tater

    I’ve had this feature since the November update as well.  The only issue is that it does not display a map for Geotags added in Windows Live Photo Gallery since WLPG doesn’t add the Latitude and Longitude coordinates to the EXIF of the JPG.  So I guess this issue is really a problem with Photo Gallery, not with SkyDrive.  My photos that I’ve shot with my Windows Phone have the Geotags already embedded, but for photos that were taken with other cameras I’ve been manually adding the GPS coordinates to the EXIF metadata using Microsoft Pro Photo Tools.  Though I’ve recently been experiencing technical problems with MS PPT and have started using GeoSetter.  I have found that Google Maps is not as North Americentric as Pro Photo Tools, having better coverage of the other six continents.  What Microsoft needs to do is 1) add the functionality of Pro Photo Tools to Photo Gallery; and 2) give Bing Maps better world coverage.

    • http://gcoupe.wordpress.com/ Geoff Coupe

      I do wish WLPG wouldn’t use the term “geotag”, because this is commonly used to denote coordinate (i.e. Latitude and Longitude) data. What WLPG uses is textual data (i.e. the address) to represent the location.

      Now, of course, Skydrive is further muddying the water, by displaying geotags, and calling them “Location”. Sigh, I wish Microsoft would get their act together…

  • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

    I’m pretty sure this was there before. And when I looked at the changelog 2 mins ago, the build you’re talking about wasn’t there. It only goes up to the November 16.2 update.

  • http://alexsimkin.tumblr.com/ Alex Simkin

    I’m pretty sure this was there before. And when I looked at the changelog 2 mins ago, the build you’re talking about wasn’t there. It only goes up to the November 16.2 update.