Exclusive: SkyDrive.com to get built-in Photosynth 3D panorama mode [updated]

By damaster | Posted May 25, 2013 16 comments

SkyDrive logoEarlier this month, Microsoft added an improved “all photos” experience to SkyDrive.com, new document thumbnail layouts, full-resolution photo uploads for global Windows Phones, as well as under-the-hood performance tweaks to speed up uploading times. However, the SkyDrive team is also looking at ways to improve the service, and LiveSide has recently learnt that Microsoft is planning to add support for uploading and viewing 3D panorama within SkyDrive.com in the future.

LiveSide understands that the 3D panorama experience on SkyDrive.com will be based on Photosynth technology. Currently, Photosynth which allow users to capture 360° panoramas from a single location using an app for iOS and Windows Phone; and desktop users can also download Microsoft Research’s Image Composite Editor to create panoramas from still images and videos. However, whilst the current apps and tools supports uploading to the Photosynth.net website, it is understood that SkyDrive.com will support the storage and viewing of these panoramas in the future, through what is referred to as “interactive panorama mode”.

An example 3D panorama on Photosynth.net

We’re currently unsure whether “synths”, also based on Photosynth technology, will be supported on SkyDrive.com. Contrary to panoramas, “synths” are a collection of overlapping photos that are automatically reconstructed into a 3D model, and can only be created using the Photosynth application. Unfortunately, we have not seen or heard any mentions of “synths” being supported on SkyDrive.com.

Unfortunately, we were unable to confirm the release timeframe for this new feature, and whether or not the SkyDrive apps will also be updated to include this feature (or what will happen to the existing Photosynth apps). But in the mean time, let us know what you think of this feature in the comments below.

Update: Thanks to our readers who reminded us that there were hints of a Photosynth panorama feature hidden and integrated in a leaked build of the Windows 8.1 Camera app. Could this be related, and suggest a potential timeframe for when we would see this feature on SkyDrive.com?

Posted May 25th, 2013 at 3:49 am
Category: Featured, News
Tags: PhotoSynth, SkyDrive, Wave 6
  • Stefanfo

    I remember in the old days, that I was able to make a virtual tour, not only 360 panoramas?
    Is this feature gone for good, or is it just me who can’t find it anymore?

  • Stefanfo

    I remember in the old days, that I was able to make a virtual tour, not only 360 panoramas?
    Is this feature gone for good, or is it just me who can’t find it anymore?

  • Alex

    This is cool, but it would be great if those “PhotoSynths” can be viewed without using any plug-ins/ add-ons (i.e. Silverlight)…

    • damaster

      Actually – I’m able to see the Photosynth embedded above on my Windows Phone and Windows 8 “Metro” IE, so I think they’ve already enabled the ability to view them without Silverlight.

  • Alex

    This is cool, but it would be great if those “PhotoSynths” can be viewed without using any plug-ins/ add-ons (i.e. Silverlight)…

    • damaster

      Actually – I’m able to see the Photosynth embedded above on my Windows Phone and Windows 8 “Metro” IE, so I think they’ve already enabled the ability to view them without Silverlight.

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    I wish Windows picture viewer supported that

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    I wish Windows picture viewer supported that

  • Seath

    Sounds like fun and time killer HA!

  • Seath

    Sounds like fun and time killer HA!