Microsoft Talks Up Coming OneDrive Updates

Posted on May 22, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Android, iOS, Mobile, Office 365, OneDrive with 17 Comments

Microsoft Talks Up Coming OneDrive Updates

Microsoft announced several coming new features for OneDrive at its SharePoint Conference North America on Monday. And while most are business-focused, at least one of them will impact OneDrive for consumers as well.

Don’t look any of these updates quite yet, however: As Microsoft’s Stephen Rose notes, they are rolling out over the next few months.

Parsing through the list of coming updates, I only see one that I believe will impact individuals using OneDrive for consumers: Microsoft is improving the mobile app’s built-in scan experience. It will easier to find by adding a dedicated icon in the tab bar. And you will soon be able to add multiple pages, annotate, and change the file name or destination folder directly from within the capture experience.

But one of the OneDrive for Business features, called Known folder move, looks particularly interesting: This feature will allow administrators to move known folders—like Documents, Desktop, and Pictures—from their PC to OneDrive during initial account configuration and during post-deployment migration.

If you’re familiar with how this works in consumer OneDrive, you know that you can configure OneDrive to provide Documents, Desktop, and Pictures folder locations (instead of the normal, local PC-only folder locations). But what you can’t do, from the Settings UI at least, is move those folder locations. I’m not sure if the addition of Known folder move to OneDrive for Business means that this feature is coming to OneDrive for consumers, but it’d be nice.

You can see the complete list of coming OneDrive (mostly OneDrive for Business) changes here. And if you’re curious about availability timing, check out Microsoft’s Office 365 Roadmap page.


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