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OneDrive for Business Update Brings Improvements

Jun 22nd, 2016 | Posted by | Filed under Indianapolis IT support

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OneDrive for Business is a cloud based system for saving and sharing work documents on Microsoft Office platforms such as Word. Unfortunately, there were some bugs in beginning versions of the system – particularly with syncing what documents were locally on the computer. We’ve seen users deal with sync failures, some confusion with using the system, administrator task issues, and problems with selective sync.

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In December of last year, Microsoft released “The Next Generation Sync Client.” This new version of OneDrive for Business was intended to help address user issues with rolling changes over time. Here are some of the most recent changes and what they mean:

  1. Stronger Office 2016 Integration

One of the appeal to using OneDrive over other cloud platforms is the connection with Office programs. Now users can share documents from directly within the Office application and open cloud documents from the “Most Recent” tab. Also, real-time coauthoring is now available.

  1. More freedom in file types

The update means you can now “sync and file type you want.” Microsoft added support for previously unsupported file types such .aspx, json, .aspx, and .swf. Now users don’t have to worry their file type can’t be added.

  1. Sync Control

If for whatever reason you need to pause sync, such as on restricted Wi-Fi in a public place like an airplane, you can now do so. This gives the user more control over when and where they sync files. Selective sync has also seen improvements, with the ability to block files from syncing and better specification tools.

  1. User-friendly Interface

The new version includes an interface that will hopefully reduce confusion and be easier for consumers to understand. This helps avoid wasted time and promote productivity.

  1. Windows 8.1 Support

While the OneDrive for Business sync client was originally only supported on Windows 7, 8, and 10 but has now added version 8.1. This means that the client should work on most modern Windows devices.

Many of these updates should already be available to users, but those who don’t seem them yet should expect to by the end of the summer.

These updates are not the end though – Microsoft plans to continue to improve OneDrive for Business. Promised updates include more IT controls for bandwidth, better integration with the Windows Explorer for users, and syncing from “SharePoint online document library.”

Only time will tell how well the new features work. But either way to is encouraging to see Microsoft making changes to attempt to make One Drive for Business a more viable tool for teams.

References

https://www.thurrott.com/cloud/microsoft-consumer-services/onedrive/66296/microsoft-announces-spring-updates-onedrive-business

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/customer-feedback-drives-improvements-to-onedrive-for-business/

 

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