Microsoft Issues a Major Update to OneDrive on iOS

Posted on August 10, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in iOS, OneDrive with 9 Comments

Microsoft has issued a major update to OneDrive on iOS that adds improved scanning and sharing capabilities, offline folder support, and more.

Two curious notes.

One, the firm hasn’t blogged about this release, despite the number of improvements it includes. And two, the version number of the app—9.1—doesn’t in any way hint at how much has changed. Normally, a seemingly minor revision like this is accompanied by a pat explanation like “various bug fixes.”

Not this time.

Here’s what’s new in OneDrive 9.1 for iOS. Note that these features are for users with an Office 365 subscription.

Super scanning. Now, you can scan multiple pages at once to create a single, multi-page PDF file. And you can crop, rotate, or delete those scanned pages to ensure that the resulting file is as clean as possible. “It’s easier than ever to go paperless,” the Microsoft releases notes explain. “You can safely retire that old scanner, its services are no longer needed.” Also, “Super scanning” is not the real name of this feature. It should be.

Offline folders. Microsoft says you can now “offline any folder in OneDrive and SharePoint” which is a verbification that I am not comfortable with. What they mean is that you can now mark any folder as being available offline and it will be downloaded and synced to your device. The real gotcha though is that this feature is “rolling out,” so you might not see it right away. When it’s available, you will be able to tap and hold on any folder and then select “Offline” from the list of commands. I see this option on files only, not folders, so I assume the folder bit is the new thing.

Improved sharing. Microsoft says you can now tap and hold on any file or folder, select Share, and then “select Link Settings” to set an expiration date for a shared file. But I don’t see that option, and it’s not clear why.

New Discover view. OneDrive for iOS has long supported a Shared page in which you can easily find the files you’ve shared with others and those files that others have shared with you. Now, those with a work or school account will see a new Discover view in Shared that will “help you discover interesting and relevant documents based who you work with and the content that you work on.”

You can find OneDrive for iOS in the Apple App Store.

 

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9 responses to “Microsoft Issues a Major Update to OneDrive on iOS”

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    rfog

    A lot of lies by Microsoft here. Note of the new things are working in the update. After half an hour lost trying to make it work I did a search and found that "they will be enabled in next days"... This is the very old Microsoft: FUD and lies and more lies. Perhaps they have known that another cloud (DropBox?) is going to have offline folders, or equivalent of Super Scanning, and tried to release before... I would like Apple removed the app by liars.

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      Ukumio

      In reply to rfog:

      Not entirely sure what you were trying to say but I got the update and have all the features but Offline files.


      EDIT: Do you have Office 365? As the features in the article are seemingly only for Office365 users.

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        rfog

        In reply to Ukumio:

        Yes, I have Office 365. For me, the new version has nothing of promised yet. Perhaps is because I live in the Netherlands and they don't have updated the local servers, but a friend of mine, in Argentina, does not have them, as some others in Spain.

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    SvenJ

    What I'd really like to see, on both iOS and Android, is support for more than one personal drive. Got that on the WP client. I think people are more likely to need access to more than one personal drive, than more than one Business/Sharepoint drive. At least they would be comparable needs.

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    bsd107

    Is the scanning feature any different than Office Lens?

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    Ainsley

    Can anyone tell me if there is a technical limitation to the file name display in the OneDrive app on iPad?

    Even in the recent update, if you chose LIST View, the file names are shortened, despite the app apparently having the entire screen width available!


    This also happens, by the way with the Google Drive app, but the Amazon Drive app DOES show the full file names so there's clearly a way round it (but the AD app is otherwise useless!)


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    studerje

    This update fixed a bunch of the sync bugs I was having on iOS 11 Beta.

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    Minok

    OneDrive has still continued to be a dissapointment where multiple copies of documents get created for "reasons" - I've got one excell file I'm sharing with others but 'older version' copies keep showing up. And then it cannot even manage those versions.

    Its just not reliable to store anything I really need to have stick around and not get messed up/lost. (as I sit here watching the spinning "busy" globe in iOS excel wondering did I in deleting the 'older version' hanging around in OneDrive of my file, just delete the only actual copy there was?

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    bellalow

    Wow, the good news. On my work in the buyanessay co, I constantly use Google Drive. It is very convenient for me, I do not know how humanity lived before the invention of Google documents. All my life is on the google drive.

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