In a surprisingly swift attempt to ride the Pokémon Go bandwagon, Microsoft has released, of all things, Pokémon detection for photos stored on OneDrive. If you have an iPhone or an Android handset and enable camera uploading to OneDrive, any screenshots or photos you take with the Pokémon Go camera tool will be stored on Microsoft’s cloud system. Once there, your Pokémon will be recognized, and the images will be tagged accordingly, letting you easily find your best Pikachu snaps.
Microsoft is also rolling out some other features: automatic generation of galleries from pictures taken at around the same time in around the same place, better presentation of folders with lots of photos in them, and better display of OneDrive photos in the Windows Photos app.
It’s just too bad there’s no version of Pokémon Go for Microsoft’s own platform. Mock-ups of Pokémon Go for HoloLens have been created, and they look awesome. But, alas, creating a game for a $3,000 developer kit probably isn’t high on Niantic’s priority list.