OneDrive Gets Some Updates

OneDrive Gets Some Updates

On August 10th Microsoft announced three new updates that are designed to improve coordination and interconnectivity for OneDrive users. These updates are examples of the company’s commitment to an ongoing process of releasing small improvements to their products and services rather than monolithic new versions every few years.

1.  Sync shared folders via the desktop

 The new “Add to my OneDrive” feature allows for the addition of documents to OneDrive without logging into it directly. The sync capabilities support Mac & PC and mobile. There is another additional aspect to the update: “the latest version of Office lets multiple people work on the documents at the same time, without forking the document.” The Office team has provided a page with the full details of how these features work.

2.  Know when shared content is edited

The updates now allow for anywhere-anytime updates for the compulsively productive. New notifications features allow users an unprecedented amount of version tracking. “We’ll email a daily summary of edits to files you’ve shared – this is especially powerful when you are working on a group project and want to quickly see which documents have a latest version you might not be aware of.” The systems can communicate with mobile devices, including wearables.

3.  Find shared documents easily

Among other search improvements to OneDrive, the most recent update includes the ability to “search for Office documents and PDFs by the text inside them.” It will no longer be necessary to remember the filename or even the author to locate specific pieces of content. The most compelling improvement is the ability of the user to not only search their own files, but shared files as well.

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