These are new features OneDrive has received in August, 2020

Microsoft has revealed which features the company has added to OneDrive, its cloud storage and sync service. The announcement mentions the roadmap entries implemented in August, as well as a few changes made to online Office apps.

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What is OneDrive

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.


OneDrive is bundled with Windows since Windows 8. It is the all-in-one solution built by Microsoft to provide the user the ability to have the same files on every PC he signs in with using his Microsoft Account. Previously known as SkyDrive, the service got rebranded some time ago.

It also offers synchronization of stored data across all your devices. "Files on-demand" is a feature of OneDrive which can display placeholder versions of online files in your local OneDrive directory even if they were not synchronized and downloaded.

The synchronization feature in OneDrive relies on Microsoft Account. To use OneDrive, you have to create one first. Besides OneDrive, Microsoft Account can be used to log in to Windows 10, Office 365 and most online Microsoft services.

When you have OneDrive installed and running in Windows 10, it adds a Move to OneDrive context menu command available for files under certain locations included in your user profile like Desktop, Documents, Downloads, etc.

Changes made in August

The following functionalities were rolled out to production in the month of August-2020.

  • Tasks in Word and Excel
  • Update to comment notifications
  • Mute comment notifications 
  • OneDrive app for Surface Duo

Tasks in Word and Excel

Tasks were a feature off Office 365 apps,and now they are available in OneDrive. Across Word and Excel ,tasks will help you assign responsibilities to your peers, which can be resolved once the job is complete. In addition to assigning the task you can also reassign it and track any changes made to the task within the comment thread via the inline history.

OneDrive Assign Tasks

Updates to comment notification

Users who create or upload Word, Excel, PowerPoint or any other type of file to OneDrive or SharePoint will now get email notifications whenever someone else leaves a comment on their file.

Mute comment notifications

The user can now to turn off comment notifications for individual files in the details pane. This feature is also incorporated in sharing emails as an actionable message action.

OneDrive Mute Notifications

OneDrive app for Surface Duo

OneDrive app for Surface Duo is now fully integrated into the Surface Duo operating system to ensure you stay connected to your files and photos and enable you with on-the-go collaboration while making the most of the dual-screen and spanning capabilities.

OneDrive Surface Duo

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

One thought on “These are new features OneDrive has received in August, 2020”

  1. I ran into a feature that was “new to me” recently when doing a clean install of win 10 pro 2004 on a laptop I replaced the drive in.


    It worked beautifully.

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