Microsoft says there could be some pretty big changes in the way it handles file sharing and collaboration through its OneDrive cloud storage solution, but its cryptic messaging leaves a lot of questions to be answered.
The company regularly updates and adds new features to its entire lineup, posting relevant information on its dedicated roadmap page. Newest (opens in new tab) “Sharing Experience – Simplified External Sharing,” wrote in a series of OneDrive updates.
Its summary doesn’t share much in terms of details: “When clients want to collaborate with people outside their organization, we want to simplify the sharing process.”
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What we do know is that the update will first appear in the web version of OneDrive, and it could arrive as early as this month. We also know it’s in beta.
Microsoft’s annual conference for developers and IT professionals – Ignite – is currently taking place and has some interesting tidbits about OneDrive.
In an article on the OneDrive blog (opens in new tab), author irfanshahdad explained that the OneDrive homepage has been “reimagined”. The changes are more subtle than in-person, and revolve around some background work that displays recently accessed files and a new filter for sorting by file type.
Share management has also been updated, with new tabs for Share with You, Share with You, Share with You, and Share with Meetings (the latter two do a great job of categorizing shared files by owner or event). A demo on the company’s blog shows these filters working in tandem with other filters, such as sorting by file type.
The company is also working on an offline mode for its OneDrive web app, as is the case with its “Files on Demand” desktop client. So-called Project Nucleus will allow you to make changes and upload edits once the Internet connection is re-established.