OneDrive has become a crucial cog in the Microsoft wheel, and in the recently released Windows 10, it’s baked straight into the operating system. As soon as you’ve logged in with your Microsoft account, it’s automatically set up with the storage information available in File Explorer. Using it is a simple process, because you don’t have to manually download or install it – it’s ready even before you are.
Windows 10 is tailored for making OneDrive easier for users. The new ‘Selective Sync’ feature has replaced the troublesome ‘Placeholders’ mode in Windows 8.1. ‘Placeholders’ would allow file access without requiring them to be stored locally, but meant they could not be accessed without an internet connection, and users would have to spend valuable time manually setting the permissions on each folder. ‘Selective Sync’ affords you more choice in saving and managing your folders. You can either sync all of your files on your OneDrive, or choose which files you want to sync, meaning that they are available locally for when you don’t have internet access. Furthermore, OneDrive now supports remote access, allowing users to access files, which will retain your settings automatically, from another computer via the OneDrive website.
This year, Microsoft have also developed ‘Photos App’, which is designed to allow users with copious amounts of media across a range of different devices to be visibly available, all in the same place. The app uses OneDrive to collate them from each device that you own, and store them in the same place so you’ll never lose them. What’s more, it automatically detects duplicate images, and will remove any surplus photos. The app will also enhance photos by default, and will categorize your images and videos into albums, according to the time and location in which they were taken, or better still, who they were taken with.
Upon its release, the expensive nature of Cloud storage meant that it was likely you would only use it to share or transfer files. However, Cloud storage is now more affordable, making it the most attractive and suitable back-up solution. Using OneDrive makes this process even better, because it will sync across all platforms, as well as integrating with applications that you currently use such as Office 365 and Outlook 2016.
Excitingly for Mac users, Microsoft has now launched a Mac client for OneDrive, with the same benefits that PC users will experience. They offer unlimited online storage space to those with an Office 365 subscription, and its flawless integration with Windows 10 ensures that all your files are synced, backed up and readily available. The free upgrade to Windows 10 from 8.1 – as 14 million users worldwide have already done in its first two days since release – allows you to get the most out of the smartly evolving OneDrive, and with the latest Mac release expanding its abilities even further, it’s becoming hard to say no to the limitless capabilities of Microsoft’s Cloud storage service.