OneDrive Roadmap Roundup Of January 2020

OneDrive is the online document storage solution created by Microsoft which comes bundled as a free service with Windows 10. It can be used to store your documents and other data online in the cloud. It also offers synchronization of stored data across all your devices. Microsoft reveals the list of new features that landed in production in the month of January 2020.

The list of changes includes

  • Support for migrating OneNote via KFM
  • Conditional access for macOS
  • Single sign on for macOS
  • Reply to an Office comment from Outlook using actionable messages
  • Update to email notifications for shared content
  • Default to People with Existing Access on a per-site basis

Support for migrating OneNote via KFM

This feature enables migrations of local OneNote notebooks to OneDrive via PC folder backup (Known Folder Move).

Onenote KFM

Users with local OneNote notebooks will now have their OneNote’s automatically backed up as a part of the PC Folder Backup move. You can continue saving files to the folders they are familiar with as well as have access to their files in these important Windows folders from anywhere.

Conditional access for macOS

OneDrive for Mac now respects conditional access for policies such as forced Multi-Factor Authentication, location-based IP range filtering, and device compliance (as managed by Azure Intune).

Devices that do not fulfill the conditional access requirements will not be able to sync content.

This feature is currently in Public Preview and will soon be Generally Available.

Single sign on with Office for macOS

The OneDrive sync client now shares credentials between the rest of the Office suite on macOS.

Accounts that have been signed into Office will now be a selectable option in OneDrive when adding a new account, allowing a user to setup without prompting for password and credentials. Similarly, accounts that have been signed into OneDrive will be available in the Office applications to sign in with.

This feature is currently in Public Preview and will soon be Generally Available.

Update to email notifications for shared content

The OneDrive team has standardized the email notification templates to reflect consistency across products along with adding file previewer thumbnails and activity details.

Reply to an Office comment from Outlook using actionable messages

With this update you will be able to save time and collaborate faster with comment and context previews in @mention and comment emails. This implies, when using Outlook, you'll be able to reply to the comments without even needing to leave Outlook.

Outlook Comments

Default to People with Existing Access on a per-site basis

Prior to this change, OneDrive and SharePoint Administrators could choose either "Anyone", "People in my organization", or "Specific People" when setting the default sharing link on a per-site basis.

Now, they will be able to use the new "People with Existing Access" default option. So now when you share or copy a link, you will be able to receive an existing access link that does not change the permissions on the item.

Additional link types are still available in “Link Settings” if needed, and this update does not change any existing default settings.

This feature is initially configurable via PowerShell but will be customizable in the modern SharePoint Admin Center in the future.

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