Microsoft Starts Rolling Out Improved OneDrive for Windows 10

Posted on July 31, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Cloud, OneDrive, Windows 10 with 26 Comments

Microsoft is rolling out an improved OneDrive client for Windows 10 users. The firm first announced the improved OneDrive client earlier this month, and it’s now started rolling out the new client to all users (via MSPU).

The new and updated OneDrive client doesn’t come with any major changes, but there are some neat changes to the client with the latest update. First, it now works better with Windows 10’s built-in battery saver mode. Now, when your device has the battery saver mode enabled, OneDrive will automatically stop syncing your files in order to help save battery and allow your device to last longer. That’s really great, though you can sync your files anyway if you need to get some files synced immediately. When your device comes off of battery saver, OneDrive will resume syncing your files automatically.

Microsoft has also given the Activity Center (the taskbar popup) a new look with the latest update. The changes aren’t anything drastic, and Microsoft is saying the updates are to “improve ease of use and understanding” of the interface. What is interesting is that when Microsoft initially announced the new design, some of the company’s screenshots of the updated Activity Center included hints of Fluent Design like the blurred background shown below. But that’s nowhere to be seen in the actual product.

Either way, Microsoft is slowly rolling out the new update to everyone so it could take a few days or weeks before your PC receives the update. As Italian blog HTNovo mentions, you can always manually update the client by downloading the updated version from Microsoft’s site, but I wouldn’t recommend that as I had some trouble manually updating my OneDrive client to the new one.

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28 responses to “Microsoft Starts Rolling Out Improved OneDrive for Windows 10”

  1. Thomas Parkison

    I welcome this change, I use OneDrive all the time for offsite backups of important data that I can't lose (pictures of family that have passed away, vacation photos, etc.).

  2. wolters

    The return of "placeholders" has made me use OneDrive even more now. I have mine set to keep everything in the cloud so it knows to remove the local file at a certain point. I can seamlessly copy files to OneDrive and it will expertly handle how to deal with the local file. It has worked great for me.

  3. BoItmanLives

    Always the first thing I disable after cortada and the store.

  4. Daekar

    Differential sync. I am not going to be excited about anything else. There is absolutely no reason I have to upload an entire album of mp3s again just because I changed an ID3 tag or added album art. Makes handling audiobooks an absolute nightmare.

    Stop screwing around, Microsoft. It's pretty enough, now make it WORK better.

    • VancouverNinja

      In reply to Daekar:

      Are you saying if you update one file in a folder you think it is reuploading all files in the folder?

      • GarethB

        In reply to VancouverNinja:

        No, if a file is modified slightly it only needs to update the changes.

        Useful when you have a 2GB encoded [home video] uploaded, and then change a tag etc - it only needs to update a couple of kilobytes rather than re-upping the whole file again.

        [Also highly appreciated by people who want to upload Outlook .PSTs for a backup.... but thats a whole other level of too much]

  5. StephenCWLL

    The battery saver feature has been out for at least a month now in previous versions as I've been using it. That's not new with the version above.

  6. navarac

    Dumped OneDrive after Win 8.1. It is so slow to sync it is just about useless. Dropbox is almost instantaneous on the other hand.

    • Polycrastinator

      In reply to navarac:

      "Was." It "was" slow to sync. You're a good few years behind where it's at. I know this may be a shock to you, but technology sometimes improves.

      • wbhite

        In reply to Polycrastinator:

        No, he's right. It's slow as hell compared to Dropbox. Paul has written about this.

        • wspaw

          In reply to wbhite:

          I use it extensively on several machines. For at least a couple of years it's been every bit as fast and reliable as Dropbox. It's also WAY easier to use than Dropbox and deeply integrated into Win 10. No need for 3rd party software.

          I still keep my Dropbox account active every time I get that email telling me it hasn't been used in too long and will be closed, though. Just in case...

          • benday

            In reply to wspaw:

            I dunno. I made an attempt a few weeks ago to use OneDrive for my stuff instead of Dropbox and OneDrive *sucked*. It was ok for anything that wasn't an Office document. There's some kind of special sauce magic that happens with OneDrive and Office docs and it makes syncing take *FOR* *FREAKING* *EVER* and burn up CPU like crazy. And for all file types, it was very very far from instantaneous.

            Another annoyance with OneDrive is that the OneDrive client for mac doesn't support the offline/online thing.

            I really want to love OneDrive and OneDrive for Business because I'm a Microsoft fanboy but it's just not that great. :(

  7. Rob_Wade

    I don't use that pop-up menu. I pretty much don't do anything with the Task Bar unless I absolutely must.

  8. evox81

    I feel like I've had this version of the client for a couple weeks now. It's worked well so far.

    Only complaint: They still haven't fixed the issue where clicking on the icon in the taskbar sometimes takes multiple clicks and/or 30+ seconds for the pane to open.

  9. wbhite

    Still waiting for an option to force the sync. There's nothing more infuriating than saving a file to OneDrive on my desktop, then going to a meeting with my laptop and the file never shows up.

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