OneDrive, Xbox Music May Be Set To Combine

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OneDrive, Xbox Music May Be Set To Combine

Microsoft's cloud might be about to get a little fuller, according to some new reports, thanks to a potential combination in the works that would combine OneDrive, Microsoft's cloud storage platform, with Xbox Music, the company's app for bringing music to the user. The combination seems to make its share of sense, and opens up some new possibilities for the console as a whole.

According to reports from LiveSino, who studies Microsoft technology—of which Xbox matters are a pretty substantial part these days—the combination of OneDrive and Xbox Music is said to be a separate folder called OneDrive Music, and it even comes with a little bit of description, which reportedly reads: “Meet your OneDrive Music folder. Upload your music files to this folder, so that you can play them via Xbox Music from any of your devices. You can also add files to this folder using the OneDrive app from your computer.” Users get a full seven gigabytes of storage with OneDrive, and users can also up storage amounts permitted in any of several different ways.

Now, this is actually a pretty exciting concept, when you get right down to it. It's a merging of a couple different platforms, which suggests that Microsoft is keeping its eyes forward in terms of customer service. That's good news for anyone who actually is, or is planning to become in the near future, a customer of Microsoft's. It's a bit more general good news than some might like, though, until the broader implications are considered. After all, with a system like this, basically people are able to get access to music collections through two different platforms: the Xbox One and the PC. Now, what if we go farther with this? What if the entirety of the PC—from games to images to stored video and beyond—becomes available through the Xbox One? We've already seen how some users are putting the Xbox One to work as a videoconferencing mechanism, so why not stretch things out further? Could the Xbox One potentially go beyond the living room and even get into the office?

Naturally, that's all conjecture. It could be that this is the last stop for advancement on this front, and that may actually be good enough. But what's really exciting about all this is that Microsoft is making the necessary considerations to accommodate its user base. While we may not see further development out of this, we are getting good news regardless; Microsoft needs its base, and the base it recently lost to Sony over the PlayStation 4. More services and features are a pretty good way to get there.

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