Windows 8.1 Preview Comes With SkyDrive Panorama Options

Word got out a couple of months back that SkyDrive was to get panorama support via Microsoft’s Photosynth technology. With Windows 8.1 Preview out in the open, this particular feature kind of flew under the radar.

But now it appears that the software titan has quietly launched this feature — though it seems to be limited to users that have installed the public preview version of Windows 8.1.

Redmond is yet to officially announce this new SkyDrive panorama image support, LiveSide.net writes that users that have deployed Windows 8.1 Preview can try out this feature right now, as long as they have a webcam connected to their computer or device.

In fact, speaking of which, the default Camera app integrated into Windows 8.1 Preview already allows users to capture panoramas using just the webcam on their PC or tablet.

Users can fire up the Camera app in Windows 8.1, select the Panorama mode to take a 360 degrees picture with their camera. The app then saves that image to the Camera Roll folder.

This SkyDrive integration concept is as simple as it gets, though. Panoramas created by users in Windows 8.1 are automatically (or manually) uploaded to their SkyDrive accounts, and viewing options allow them to load the content in their web browsers.

Microsoft has not yet officially confirmed this feature, and whether it will be expanded to Windows 8 and Windows Phone users, but official details should soon follow.

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