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Drag and Drop into Office 365 comes to Edge on Windows 10

Looking back to the SharePoint 2013 launch, drag and drop into a document library was one of the hit features.  As many of us have transitioned to Office 365, it’s a feature we expect to be there in our document libraries and OneDrive.  However, when Windows 10 was released at the end of July, the feature was noticeably missing from Microsoft’s newest browser, Edge.  Drag and drop support didn’t work in Office 365, OneDrive, or anywhere else for that matter.

With the Threshold 2 (TH2) fall update for Windows 10 last week, we now have drag and drop support.  For Windows Insiders, this support has been there in preview builds for a while but it hasn’t been talked about much.

W10TH2EdgeDragDrop

Say what you want about Edge, I have had pretty good luck with it.  Some people act like it is completely unusable, but I can get most of my day to day tasks done with it.  I’ve used it to replace Google Chrome for almost all of my tasks.  Does it still have issues and does it still need more features?  Absolutely, but it gets the job done for the most part.  If you have discounted it before, give it another try.  It’s constantly being updated.

One cool feature that came with the fall update is the ability to cast media to a device directly from Edge.  What this means is that when you visit a page with a video on it, you can select cast to device in the menu and choose any Miracast or DLNA supported device to view that content on the remote screen. 

If you’re not familiar with Miracast, it lets your wireless transmit what’s on your screen to a TV or monitor.  This is included in a lot of devices now such as the Roku.  You can also pick up a Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter as well.  What’s nice is that you can cast a video to a TV from your Windows 10 device and you can still use it while the video is showing.  With Miracast support before, you had to project your entire desktop or extend it just like you did with an external monitor.

W10TH2EdgeCastToDevice

I think it’s a useful feature.  Similar to what Chromecast has been doing for some time now.  However, Miracast is a more open standard and supported across a variety of devices.  The nice thing is that it doesn’t require any additional drivers, plugins, or software to make it work.

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Corey Roth, a SharePoint Server MVP, is an independent consultant specializing in Cloud technologies such as Azure and Office 365. He also specializes in mobile development. Corey serves as the product manager for two cloud-first mobile app platforms: BrewZap and HappenZap.