OneDrive turns 15: delivering new, intuitive experiences

Today we celebrate the 15th anniversary of OneDrive. We’d like to take a moment to thank you for using OneDrive, whether you’re tackling a big project at work, planning a family reunion, backing up important content to your new device, or communicating with friends and family. your loved ones through photos and videos.

OneDrive: a brief history

Figure 1. Evolution of OneDrive.

Our story began in August 2007 when Microsoft first launched its cloud storage system to allow users to share and sync their files in the cloud. Just over a year later, we added the ability for people to store and access photos and videos as well. Our first five years were a time of rapid growth, especially as more and more companies moved their productivity and collaboration solutions to the cloud with Microsoft 365 (formerly Microsoft Office 365) and people started to rely more on their mobile devices to manage everything from their personal photos to their work emails and files.

As the amount of content, both professional and personal, stored online began to grow by leaps and bounds, we continued to work on ways to simplify the way people manage their files and collaborate with others.

For life outside the office, we’ve introduced features that give consumers peace of mind. With features like camera roll backup and PC folder backup, you don’t have to worry about your personal device getting damaged or lost because your files are protected in the cloud. If you suffered a malicious attack or needed to recover accidentally deleted files, we were here for you too. We also realized that for super important personal documents you needed an extra layer of security and the ability to access them from anywhere, so in 2019 we launched Personal Vault.

Since 2016, Gartner® has recognized Microsoft as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Content Services Platforms. The value offered by OneDrive has shifted from “you can share a file” to “you can collaborate with internal team members and external colleagues reliably, seamlessly, and securely on all form factors: desktop, mobile and web”. Over the past five years, OneDrive has increased the number of monthly active users by 240 percent. Additionally, Microsoft customers like Expedia Group, Nestlé, GAP Inc. and Ecolab have come to rely on OneDrive to ensure secure collaboration and productivity for their employees in the new world of hybrid working.

Video Description: Expedia Group improves collaboration, productivity and security with Microsoft OneDrive.

We’re proud of how our offerings continue to evolve – OneDrive has become the foundation system to power all file experiences in Microsoft 365. We appreciate you, our customers, for the continued feedback and support we receive. to help us make sharing and collaborating in OneDrive the best experience possible.

We’re excited to share even more features to help you access everything you need, whether you’re working on a project on your own, collaborating with your team, or sharing photos and videos with your family.

Introducing a new OneDrive Home experience

Video Description: Introducing a new landing experience for OneDrive for the web.

We’ve redesigned the OneDrive Home experience to help you easily get back to work and catch up on what you missed while you were away. Soon, OneDrive will show your most relevant files and list your most recent files along with any activity updates, so you can see everything at a glance and quickly prioritize where to start working.

We have evolved the Recent view of OneDrive Home. This will ensure that in the morning, or whenever your working day starts, you can easily find the files you need to work on first. Do you have a product launch guide to conclude or a customer roadmap that you have submitted to your teammates for comments? You can now filter by file type (.docx, .pptx, .xlsx and .pdf) using the buttons at the top of the Recent file list. Just select the Word button to access this launch guide and put the finishing touches.

Video Description: Filter your recent files by type. Stay up to date with the latest activity on your files.

With OneDrive, you can access all the collaboration tools that help you and your team deliver high-quality results, such as threads, @mentions, real-time co-authoring, and highlighted changes. To ensure that you are always aware of these actions, we are introducing a Activity column in OneDrive which shows the latest and greatest edits and comments on your shared documents.

The Activity column also appears in the My folders view, showing all shares, @mentions, comments, and assigned tasks by collaborators, so you can see which reviewers have provided feedback for you.

For example, if you’re working with your team on a whitepaper for a new product release, you can check out the Activity column to see changes or comments that need your attention or anyone you need to remind to address action items.

Finally, to easily find and access the places where you work all the time, you can pin document libraries to the Quick access section in the left navigation of OneDrive Home.

OneDrive Home will be available in the coming months. This new OneDrive for the web landing experience will roll out to OneDrive for work and school users.

A familiar and consistent experience across all your files

We are committed to providing a consistent collaborative file experience in Microsoft 365 with OneDrive. That’s why we’ve worked to deliver a more intuitive sharing experience across Office, OneDrive, SharePoint, and Teams apps that gives you a fast and robust way to grant access to information, set sharing controls granular, to see all the people you’ve shared. files with and manage access settings between individuals and groups.

PowerPoint sharing experience consistent with that of OneDrive.

Figure 2. Consistent and intuitive sharing experience in Microsoft Teams.

We’ve also created a familiar file experience across OneDrive, SharePoint, and Microsoft Teams, so you can quickly locate the files you work with regularly to share with your colleagues. Whether you’re browsing, moving, or copying files in the OneDrive or Microsoft Teams channel, adding shortcuts to your OneDrive from a document library in the SharePoint or Teams site, or accessing files in your standard channel and private Teams, your experience will be consistent and seamless. .

Use the feature

Figure 3. Add shared folders to your OneDrive for easy access directly in Microsoft Teams.

A new way to share your memories

Since 2007, OneDrive has been committed to giving you peace of mind knowing your photos, videos, and files are protected in the cloud, and now we’ve extended that commitment to an updated photo-sharing experience to relive a life. of memories.

Images of people and food shared privately with family and friends.

Figure 4. Share and relive your special moments with OneDrive Photo Story.

The OneDrive Photo Story, recently available in preview, brings together all your memories in a private, invite-only stream that you can share with family and friends. It supports comments, reactions, and notifications to drive authentic interactions through photos people care about. The feature is now available in Australia on the OneDrive mobile app for Android and iOS, and from your favorite web browser. We plan to roll out the new feature in the US and other regions later in 2022 as we continue to listen to your feedback and develop and improve feature capabilities.

We’re committed to bringing you features that protect your important files and memories and connect you securely with those who matter most. This is possible thanks to your continued support and feedback!

Thank you for the past 15 years and for so many more great years to come!

You want to know more ?

Listen to the latest episode of The Intrazone podcast, OneDrive is celebrating its 15th anniversary! Go behind the scenes with the OneDrive team: Steven Bailey, Corporate Vice President for OneDrive and SharePoint Engineering, and Arwa Tyebkhan, Group Senior Product Manager for OneDrive, celebrate OneDrive’s 15th lap around the sun and reminisce about the early days while sharing exciting new announcements coming soon.

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