Microsoft Teases OneDrive Placeholder Feature, Will Announce More Details At Build

Posted on September 27, 2016 by Brad Sams in OneDrive with 24 Comments

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For many years, anyone who has used OneDrive back in the Windows 8 days has wanted one thing, placeholders. At Ignite this week in Atlanta, the company teased a new feature, which they are not naming, that appears to be a placeholder replacement.

Here’s what we know so far; the company is actively working to release a placeholder like feature for OneDrive and I believe this will arrive for both consumer and business users when the feature does arrive. The company did not announce a timeline for release but based on feedback on the UserVoice page for OneDrive, they will announce more details next year at Build.

In the image above, which is showing the feature, you can see how files that are local are in full color and have a green checkmark whereas files still in the cloud are grayed out and show a cloud icon in the bottom left corner. One of the complaints about placeholders with Windows 8 was that users would get confused and think that they had their files locally and then when they went offline, could no longer access their content.

We don’t have a date yet for Build in 2017 but considering that they are working towards releasing the Redstone 2 update in late Spring, I would expect the show to align to that release window. Knowing this, it seems likely this feature will be included in Redstone 2.

OneDrive has gone through a series of changes recently, most notably the reduction of free storage. With the return of a placeholder-like feature, the company will likely appease its longtime users and will also give Onedrive feature-parity with DropBox who has announced their own intention to bring a placeholder functionality to its platform.

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