Microsoft celebrates 15 years of OneDrive with a redesign and new features

Microsoft is marking OneDrive’s 15th anniversary with a new landing page, called OneDrive Home, and it should make it easier to keep track of your work. Instead of landing on the My Files tab when you first open OneDrive, you’ll find yourself on the new home page that looks like this dashboard in the online version of Office.

Like the Office web app, OneDrive Home contains a list of your files, organized by when you recently accessed them. Above the list are filters that let you sort your documents by Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF file types.

It’s easier to understand new changes once you see them.
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There’s also a new “Activity” column to the right of the “Owner” file field that tells you when someone leaves a comment, @mentions another user, or assigns you a task in a shared document. On the left side of the Home view, Microsoft is adding a new Quick Access section, where (just like on Windows) you can find and pin your most frequently accessed spaces.

Unfortunately, these changes are not in effect at this time – Microsoft says OneDrive Home will be available in “the coming months”. From what it looks like, however, the new homepage could serve as a central hub that should help you stay organized while collaborating remotely.

Along with its OneDrive web app, Microsoft is also rolling out its photo story feature for the OneDrive mobile app (essentially the OneDrive equivalent of Instagram Stories) to users in Australia. The feature won’t reach users in the US or other regions until later this year.


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