Microsoft Updates OneDrive For Business With Simple Controls, Site Folders, Smarter Search, And More

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OneDrive for BusinessDuring SharePoint Conference 2014, Microsoft announced a lot of features that will come to OneDrive for Business in Office 365. Now, they are beginning to roll out some of the new features including Simple Controls, Site Folders, smarter Search, and more.

Simple Controls

We’re making it even easier to achieve the most common tasks in OneDrive for Business. The new Simple Controls (new, upload, sync, edit, manage, and share) appear directly above your personal work document folders. With one click or touch, you can create new Office documents, upload files, initiate sync to take your files offline, share your files internally and externally, and more.

Site Folders

So you decided to follow a SharePoint Online site—one of my favorite features of the original SharePoint 2013 release. I bet one of the main reasons you choose to follow a site is for the content you and/or others manage there. This is where the new Site Folders comes into play. We added a Site Folders link to your main OneDrive for Business web view that takes you directly to those document libraries within sites you follow. With fewer clicks you can access the content you need, right from OneDrive for Business.

Smarter Search

Start typing = start finding. The new OneDrive for Business search box is now smarter. You simply start typing to find a document that was shared with you, or one that you tucked away several folders deep. And just as important as finding what you are looking for is taking immediate action—like sharing these files—directly from within your search results. Note the circular sharing icon in the image below.

There are many other changes as well. Check out the link below for details. Microsoft has started rolling out these updates worldwide. The rollout will occur over the next few weeks.

Source: OneDrive blog



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  • bnlf

    they still need to fix the desktop client. It’s not runnig the same engine as onedrive i suppose. I was considering migrating my company work folders to it but after several sync problems due to the limited filename and folders capabilites i had to ditch it. They won’t accept files starting with “.” (mac and linux hidden files), special characters, long names or path…. too many restrictions for a business product.