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OneDrive for Business recognized as an EFSS leader and continues momentum with spring updates

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Today’s post was written by Jeff Teper, corporate vice president for OneDrive and SharePoint.

OneDrive for Business has made significant progress in the last six months, and was recently named a Leader by Forrester Research in “The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise File Sync and Share Platforms, Cloud Solutions, Q1 2016.” You can read the report here.

It’s an honor to get industry recognition like this, but we know there’s always more for us to do to improve the service. Today, we’re announcing important improvements and new capabilities in our sync, browser and mobile experiences, as well as new IT controls for administrators.

New features added to the Next Generation Sync Client

In December 2015, we released the first version of the Next Generation Sync Client, which we now refer to as the new OneDrive sync client. The new OneDrive sync client has dramatically improved sync reliability and performance and contributed to tremendous growth in OneDrive for Business total storage and active usage.

Starting today, we’re rolling out an update to the client which addresses the most common feedback we received on the first release. This update brings the following enhancements and new features:

  • Windows 8.1 support—This completes our commitment around Windows OS support (7, 8, 8.1 and 10).
  • Office 2016 integration—In conjunction with an Office 2016 update currently rolling out, key features such as real-time co-authoring, open documents from the Most Recent list and share documents from within the Office app will be available.
  • Improved setup—Now it’s easy for anyone to get and install the new OneDrive sync client. No more registry keys needed on Windows or Terminal window on Mac!
  • Seamless client migration—If you are running the previous sync client (groove.exe), this update seamlessly transitions without requiring a resync. For full details go here.
  • Pause sync—A handy feature when you want to suspend syncing for a period of time, like when you are tethered to your phone or using Wi-Fi on an airplane.
  • View files online—You can now right click any document in Windows Explorer and select “view online” to navigate to the OneDrive for Business file or folder in the browser.
  • Sync any file type you want—We’ve added support for .json, .aspx, .swf files and more; you can now add any file type to your OneDrive for Business.
  • Block file types—IT admins can now block certain file types from syncing, such as PST or MKV files protecting limited bandwidth.
  • Performance and reliability improvements—Give small files in particular a big boost in upload and download speed.

Most of these new capabilities will be available to all customers within 1–2 weeks, the Office 2016 integration (including the associated Office 2016 update) and Pause sync features will continue rolling out during the course of the summer. There are additional sync updates to be rolled out later this year:

  • Manage bandwidth—By the end of June, we’ll deliver IT controls to throttle bandwidth consumption of the client.
  • Extended Windows Explorer integration—A simple right-click action to get a link or share files directly in Windows Explorer.
  • SharePoint Document Library Sync—We’re adding SharePoint Online document library sync, starting with a preview in the third quarter of 2016, with general release by the end of 2016.

Browser experience enhancements

We’re introducing a simple way to remove files and folders from the “Shared with me” view in the browser experience. Removing an item from the “Shared with me” view doesn’t delete the file; it can still be found via a search, so it’s not lost if you need to get back to it.

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Easily remove items from your “Shared with me” view.

Sharing with people outside your organization is now a whole lot easier!

We’ve streamlined the process for an external recipient who doesn’t have an Office 365 or Microsoft account to open files you share with them from OneDrive for Business. Now, anyone without an Office 365 or Microsoft account who receives a file invitation just needs to enter an email address or phone number and a password, then confirm their account (one time only), and they’ll have access to the file.

Simplified creation of a Microsoft account.

Driving mobile productivity further

This update is a big one for our iOS and Android apps! We’re integrating Outlook mobile with OneDrive for Business, so you can share files through email on both iOS and Android—this update will roll out in the coming weeks.

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Composing an email on an iPhone and attaching a link to a OneDrive for Business file is quick and easy.

We’ve introduced a richer sharing experience in the OneDrive app for Android, including a fantastic new PDF viewing and annotation experience and an embedded Office Lens experience. You can now take a photo of the whiteboard after an important meeting and have it automatically converted to a PDF file and uploaded to the OneDrive for Business folder of your choice, in one simple process. We’ve included support for Office 365 Data Loss Prevention (DLP). This builds on the DLP integration already in the browser experience. This update will start rolling out today and be available to all users within a week.

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In the OneDrive app for iOS, we have a new, richer sharing experience including SMS, Mail, Outlook Mobile, Copy Link (both Edit and Read-only links), Invite People and others. You can also save files to OneDrive for Business from any iOS app. As with the Android update, this iOS update also supports Office 365 Data Loss Prevention (DLP) policies defined by your organization. Again, this update will roll out to all users in the next week.

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This iOS update has much richer sharing options for OneDrive for Business files.

New insights, governance and controls for IT

One of the great things about Office 365 is the ability for IT to get an unprecedented view of what’s going on with your critical business data across email and files. We recently started to roll out a new reporting portal in the Office 365 admin center, where you can see key usage metrics for all of your Office 365 services including OneDrive for Business.

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Comprehensive usage reporting across Office 365 services is now available.

In addition, along with making external sharing easier for end users, we’re also giving IT administrators more controls over who their users can share with. For example, perhaps your organization is OK with files being shared with external parties, but doesn’t want employees to share files with certain organizations, such as direct competitors. Now, IT administrators can set up a list of domains that people can share with or a list of blocked domains (but not both). This new capability is currently rolling out and will be available to all OneDrive for Business customers by the end of April.

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Setting a list of domains that users can share with.

In September 2015, we rolled out the ability for end users to define an expiration date for an anonymous or guest sharing link. Now we’ve added the ability for IT to set a tenant policy (RequireAnonymousLinksExpireInDays) that makes expiration dates mandatory for anonymous or guest links and assigns default expiration period (e.g., 7 days). Users can still set an expiration date that is shorter, but not longer, than the default period.

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The user experience if they try to set an expiry date beyond the organization’s policy.

New developer options for OneDrive for Business

We know that one of the keys to having a productive and useful collaboration space is a powerful and flexible platform to build on. There are a number of new options for developers who are building apps that connect to OneDrive for Business, including Webhooks preview, where developers can easily get push notifications to changes occurring in OneDrive for Business, an updated file picker for JS, Enhanced flexible sharing via the OneDrive API and App folders on OneDrive for Business. The developer options for OneDrive for Business are constantly getting richer and more flexible. We are excited about the solutions our partners are building and the breadth of solutions available. You can check out examples of these partner solutions on the OneDrive for Business ecosystem page.

There’s always more to come!

So there you have it, some great new capabilities for everyone who uses the service or manages it. What’s great is that you can get started with almost all of this today! This new set of capabilities marks another step forward in the value that OneDrive for Business provides as a key component of your Office 365 investment. As always, give us your feedback on UserVoice and make sure you check out the Future of SharePoint and OneDrive event on May 4, where we’ll have more OneDrive for Business news to share—don’t miss it! The event will be available on demand after this date as well. There’s so much more to come with OneDrive for Business in 2016—stay tuned!

—Jeff Teper

  1. All of this….yet you’re still omitting placeholders after many tens of thousands of users have begged and pleaded.

    Placeholders was the single feature that differentiated OneDrive from all of the competitors. I invested a significant amount of time, money, and energy to commit fully to the Windows & OneDrive ecosystem as I believed in your direction……then you pulled the rug out from under us – first by removing placeholders then by significantly reducing our “unlimited” storage, and more.

    My Surface Pro 3 has a 500gb harddrive but now I only have 1tb with Office (thanks to you reversing your offer). OneDrive is now useless to me. It’s honestly easier for me just to set up my own cloud at home now.

    I hope you’ll side with the many tens of thousands of users who took the time to voice their concerns on Uservoice.

    • I completely agree. This feature loss is preventing me migrating to W10.
      It’s a huge issue on my surface pro that i can’t sync all my files and have to switch to the browser to get at unsynchronized ones.
      I’d have expected it to be a sorted by now

      • Another chime in about the lack of placeholders for Win 10. If your local hardrive is smaller than your OneDrive storage size (not uncommon) then Onedrive is effectively useless. Placeholders rock – bring them back!

        • See I am having a hard time following here. How does lack of placeholders or ‘stubs’ make it useless? When you need to access less often used data, open a web browser and grab it. Certainly it is more convenient to click on a placeholder and have the item instantly retrieved, but then what happens when you’ve clicked on too many placeholders and fill up your drive? Data gets exponentially less accessed after 90 days and I am having trouble seeing how this is such a game killer.
          Also, I am not sure if you are referring to Personal OD or ODfB, but ODfB is now unlimited storage. You could set up your own “cloud” at home but the whole point of the cloud is not having to manage infrastructure. Leverage the service and leave the plumbing to someone else.

          • Agree the lack of placeholders was a strength for MS, with it gone, it is now opened the discussion back up for Box and DropBox at the enterprise level. The power of placeholders for our end users is a great feature – it is the best way to handle large files in an enterprise and multi national organization.

    • Thanks for the feedback! We’ll have more news on the Windows apps soon – stay tuned!

  2. Thanks for making it easier to migrate off the old Groove-based sync client. Great set of updates!

      • Mr. Krippner, I’ve been desperately trying to get in touch with you. I really need your help. I’m trying to get my onedrive free storage back, but now there’s no alternate way to do that, I beg you to please help me. I didn’t get the email about the shrinking news and now I’m about to lose it, for real. Please, please help me Mr. Krippner, please show some compassion 🙁

  3. Sorry but this simply not good enough. Notice you skipped the Gartner magic quadrant this time … maybe because you’re stuck in the Challenger box with a terrible position on the completeness of vision.

    We wont have a singular sync engine until the end of 2016 now? Nearly a year late from the original promised delivery?
    The placeholder model is still MIA?

    The expiring links is a nice add, and I see why we decided a onedrive API for devs is decent, but none of the “big asks” have been delivered on which is critical sense it’s all baked into Windows 10 now.

    • Justin, appreciate the feedback. I want to address some of your comments and concerns.

      Gartner’s assessment is actually on a different cadence than Forrester. We are currently going through the exhaustive review process with Gartner for the next MQ and feel positive about our submission. The new MQ gets published later in the year and we’re excited to see where we land! On the vision front we have a lot to say about this in the Future of SharePoint event on May 4th ( – I encourage you to tune in for that where we’ll unveil our vision for SharePoint ad OneDrive and some significant product innovations.

      On the unified sync engine we heard loud and clear about the need for SharePoint AND ODB sync at our customer event Ignite in May 2015. Our commitment we made there was to ship rock-solid, performant sync for ODB which we have done and continue to invest in with this update. Based on the Ignite feedback we’ve committed to SharePoint sync. The reason for the timelines with SharePoint sync is the security model, we need to teach the client to do read-only sync because of the potential for people to have read-only access to doc libraries and want to sync files for viewing offline. This is not a trivial exercise to get right and it’s clear that the old client did not hit the mark in that area. Coupled with the fact that read-only sync has implications for the Office and Windows experience – we need to get that right across every way that users work with files on SharePoint. rest assured we’re working as quickly as possible to bring this new capability to the client and we’ll keep you informed along the way.

      Finally, placeholders is an incredibly emotive discussion. We delivered this with Windows 8.1 and only for the consumer service. Based on overwhelming feedback from users we removed it from the client for all other OS. Obviously, the users that liked placeholders and had it taken away are upset and we respect that and hear the feedback loud and clear. The decision was a difficult one to take but one that we felt was right to deliver the quality of user experience needed. Our primary objective with the new sync client has been to deliver reliable and performant sync for all consumer and business users before we look at other desktop integration scenarios. We’re absolutely committed to delivering fast, simple and consistent experiences on the desktop with OneDrive where a user can choose what they sync on their device as well as the ability to browse, search and access all their OneDrive files from their device without having to sync them. As plans mature we’ll absolutely disclose those as soon as possible.

      Kind regards,

      • “we need to get that right across every way that users work with files on SharePoint”

        Why can’t you at least support SOME or MOST of the ways users work with shared files, rather than make us all wait until almost 2017 so that “every way” is supported?

        • Amen. Develop a “good enough” client that companies can optionally opt into, knowing “read only” or a few other things aren’t there yet. We can stay with Groove.exe if we want, or forge ahead with the single sync engine, satisfied with updated features as they roll out.

          Currently Groove is so horribly bad for just routine syncing. We are CONSTANTLY having to “repair” syncs, which means deleting everything and resyncing it down. And the file limits (5,000 per site) are absurd.

        • Hi any news about the notification feature when someone download filev from a shared link ?

        • Hey Paul, definitely respect your position on this.

          Let me respectfully challenge that position. Assuming that we did light up the feature that you can only sync SP doc libs that you have write access to, would that be an acceptable experience? As we’ve discussed this with customers they feel that doesn’t meet the bar. The concern is that the user may feel that they will be able to sync folders they have access to (regardless of what permission level they have) and be very disappointed if files or folders are “missing”.

          We also have to factor in the aspect of someone who has write access to a folder within a site they don’t have access to at the top level – all of these things are not trivial exercises to work through.

          Believe me, we’ve wrestled with the right approach and talked to lots of customers and partners about a minimum viable product and this has informed our approach here.

          Finally, I would add that no other vendor in the market has a sync client that syncs both their individual file store as well as SharePoint – we will be the first and we want to get it right.

          Again, I completely respect your eagerness to get this delivered and we want to get it to you asap – as soon as the dates for the TAP are announced I would love to have you participate and provide feedback.

          • If the Sync client work, why is it still activated in Sharepoint? It is causing users errors and driving frustration in the user base. A “partial” solution would be manageable (i.e. you can only sync files you have write access to) as long as that was clearly spelled out in the release so we could educate our clients.

      • Please have an update during the May 4th call on placeholders or something with similar functionality. I have a lot of O365 customers as well as my own internal users who are waiting on diligently on this. Some of them have even stressed their frustration by threatening to move to Google Apps even though that feature isn’t there. They stated that at least with that service they’ll be able to use O-Drive to get the functionality they are looking for. Most of data is spread between Team Sites and O365 groups today so the new Sync Client doesn’t work for them. Everytime I link a new Office Blog dedicated to OneDrive they always go, “that’s interesting but what about SharePoint and Placeholders”. I’ve danced all I can Microsoft, I can dance no more…

        P.S. I saw in the Demo you gave that Jason Moore is still there. Send him my regards and ask him if he could kindly post an update to the UserVoice 20k voted feature for placeholders. Anything will do really…just want to make sure our comments and votes aren’t falling on deaf ears…

      • Rueben, thank you for at least saying something about placeholders. With the UserVoice post over 20,000 votes, 800 comments, and no update from Jason Moore who is still “thinking about it”, one really has to wonder what Microsoft’s position on this really is. Looking at what you’ve just said, you guys are not keen to do this anytime soon. That’s unfortunate. I spent a lot of money on my Surface Pro 3, and your proposal to selectively sync is using a huge amount of bandwidth, and filling up the limited storage I have.

        What really surprises me, is that you decided to simply remove the feature because “it confused the majority of users”. Why didn’t you just enable the full sync for those users, and kept the feature for us that still need it? I am paying for 1 TB of storage. How do you expect me to selectively sync 1TB to a Surface Pro 3 that only has 128GB of storage? It doesn’t work.

        The lack of feedback from your team, and particularly from Jason Moore on the UserVoice forum is simply unacceptable. It is disrespectful to your customers, especially the paying customers.–sync-online-only-for-onedrive

        In your team, please make an official statement on your blog regarding placeholders, and set some expectations. When can we expect this back.. Is it going to be 6 months, a year, or never?

  4. Great updates, but there is a serious omission that users are so confused by. When we share folders to other users, they want those folders to be allowed to be added to their OneDrive (as personal OneDrive allows). And, they want to be able to move and file that folder where it is convenient in their filing system. Users at our University are perplexed by the sharing process, the naming differences of SharePoint, OneDrive for Business, vs. OneDrive, etc. What you changed in this update is definitely a step forward. The irritation from users occurs with shared folders and not allowing selective sync sub folders (like Box does), and the filing I mentioned above, which is possible in Google’s professional accounts. The reason I mention these other companies is because we are exposed to these at our University, and when users see that it is easier to use Google (professional account) or Box, they use those services, and it is harder to convince them to stay with OneDrive for Business. I stay because of the “hopeful” roadmap and the integration with Office and OneNote. But, they are much less forgiving.

    • This is exactly correct. My users desperately need support for simple shared folder syncing exactly like OneDrive Consumer offers. Nothing offers the amazing Office integration like OneDrive Consumer, why doesn’t the Business version at least have feature parity here?

    • Hi Brian, thanks for the feedback. I can confirm that the work we are doing on SharePoint sync also includes Shared Folder sync – exactly the scenario you outline above. Reiterating dates: Q3 TAP, Q4 GA. We’ll have more prescriptive dates for you in the coming months – stay tuned.

      • Q4! Are you kidding me? OneDrive for Business is literally USELESS as a sync solution without this – it’s extremely embarrassing when I have to tell my users we don’t have a feature DropBox has had for well over 5 years! On Mac I can’t even sync an Office 365 Group filestore. The sync button at the top of the web interface generates confusing errors… it’s a disaster frankly!

  5. And what will happen to current sync client integrated with Office 365 ProPlus setup? Will be removed from package and they should be installed together, or will be replaced by NGSC client somehow? Will be it configurable by ODT?

    • Hi Petr, the old sync client (groove.exe) will remain in the setup until groove.exe is no longer needed. Once we get shared folder and team site sync for both cloud and on-prem into the new client then groove.exe will be included but doesn’t have to be used. As far as the sync button in the web client you’ll have the option to default the sync client that suits your needs – this feature will roll out during April. Thanks!

  6. Does this mean shared folders will finally sync with the next gen client as they do with OneDrive Consumer? Can I finally stop using Dropbox Business and deploy OneDrive Business (which we already pay for as part of O365)?

    Very simple scenario that OneDrive Consumer, Dropbox, Google Drive all support:
    A user creates a folder, shares it with 5 coworkers and all of them have edit rights, can colloratively edit, and can sync the folder in the same way they do their private folders.

    • Not exactly, this is what SharePoint doc lib is for. So you can ‘kind’ of do this, but not as simple.

  7. SharePoint Sync and Selective Sync is a must for our users. We are finding it increasingly difficult to convince our users to stop moving to box, dropbox and the like. We are also finding it extremely difficult to explain the two sync clients – one for ODfB and one for SharePoint. Don’t even get me started with administrative nightmares involving separate installation, provisioning and management overheads for the two clients. SharePoint Sync needs to be given priority. At least do what the current client had been doing. Waiting until 2017 is a bummer.

  8. Can you clarify in which update of Office 365 ProPlus (Office 2016) this update will be included? To be clear, in which version here: What about Deferred Channel, since it was updated just yesterday, will it take some 1+ month for it to be included in the Deferred Channel update?

  9. Have there been any changes to the filename restrictions that are currently in place? Not allowing # is posing a challenge to some of our users.

  10. “SharePoint Document Library Sync—We’re adding SharePoint Online document library sync, starting with a preview in the third quarter of 2016, with general release by the end of 2016”.
    That’s not possible!!! We have to wait another year??? and problem, problem, problem….

    • Agreed. ODB is useless without this feature and my clients are fed up. How do we even trust this new date? In the past I was told (by members of both the dev and support teams) that the original release would include SP Libraries). 2 weeks ago I was told by a local Partner Rep it would be released by Jun 30. Now we’re hearing end of 2016.. Unacceptable!

  11. I have upgraded to the new client, but I still don’t have the sync status icons on the synced folders?

  12. Where can we get more information on this “Improved Setup”?
    We currently have thousands of users who have to go through a manual setup process of entering account information and selecting files to sync for every new computer. This should be silent and automated in a “Business” product.

  13. Does anyone know specifically which KB this update is? The only OneDrive specific update I’m seeing is KB3114864/KB3114953, but that doesn’t seem to be related to this major update.

  14. Can you provide anymore detail around the Block file feature?

    * Block file types—IT admins can now block certain file types from syncing, such as PST or MKV files protecting limited bandwidth.

    How is this feature configured?

    • set-SPOTenantSyncClientRestriction -excludedFileExtensions “pst;swf;exe”

  15. Thanks for the updates, and we have been so pleased with how much more reliable the new client is.

    However, if we have the existing version of the Next Generation Sync Client how is this going to get updated to the latest build?

    Do we have to go around and reinstall, or is there a Windows Update? Office Update?

    This is so unclear 🙁

    I second and third the complaint that SharePoint sync MUST be given more priority. The proliferation of clients is ridiculous and SO confusing to users.

    • Good question. The version of OneDriveSetup.exe linked to in the article above doesn’t seem to enable any of these features.

  16. The whole Sharing experience is not true. When you share a link outside the organization they do not want to create a new account of any other service. The solution is a simple download button. Or view. And please improve in the download folder experience, no ítem by ítem. Thanks.

  17. Hi,

    I was inches away from rolling out OneDrive for B to my company (1500 users to start) when this new sync client was released. Great! You fixed the file limitations and size problems as well as greatly sped it up.

    Wrong! You forced me to turn of Azure RMS and IRM in OneDrive and no longer support files with versioning… I can live without the support for versions but I can’t release OneDrive to the company without Azure RMS working. You’ve just delayed the release and the revenue from the subscriptions for another year.

    Make sure when you “fix” things you don’t fundamentally break security features please. Especially security features that are being offered on Office365 and Azure and advertised by your sales people.

  18. What about syncing On prem sharepoint libraries? Will the NGSC support that?

  19. Will the NGSC support syncing of on premise Sharepoint libraries?

  20. Hello, i have some doubts with the external users sharing in OneDrive for Business. In our company we use Onedrive for Business , and we would like to improve our collaboration. We are doing some test, and now we have inconvenients. When we invited by email , and the person could edit and view the document, but only for a few hours, then the person could not acces to the document again.
    By invitation is only 90 days, and by link is 60, we would like to know if is possible extend the duration of the person whom we share documents. Are this times changebles?.
    We usually work with long projects, and we need collaborations for a long period of time.

  21. Another 8-9 months for Sharepoint Sync and Shared Folder sync is absolutely unacceptable Microsoft.

    I’ve commented many times before but I really cannot understand how OneDrive for ‘BUSINESS’ does not effectively allow us to efficiently and easily access our shared files and document libraries. As a result I know that 90% of our users have documents in their own OD4B library that should be shared or in SharePoint, but it’s too difficult and clunky for them to use the web portal.

    I’ve been continually promising users that a usable and fully functioning sync client will be delivered since migrating to O365 over 12 months ago. I now need to tell them to wait another 9 months – thanks.

    Perhaps Microsoft would be interested in our headhunting services so you could poach a few interns from Dropbox, Box etc to teach you how to do things, and at the pace a true tech company delivers to its customers in 2016!

    • Agreed. One wonders what Ray Ozzie would think of the product development since the MSFT acquisition of Groove Networks, slow doesn’t even seem to come close.

      In my opinion SharePoint was, is and continues to be an abomination, our clients on the Office 365 business platform predominatly want rock solid cloud storage and sync. Building this requirement on top of SharePoint was a MSFT decision and therefore any discussion that long development cycles are due to its complexity will certainly frustrate many.

      It almost seems it is in the MSFT DNA to bend existing software into new software where it is obvious to many that a fresh, green field product is the way to go. Cloud storage and sync should be a standalone product with the ability to synchronise to many different files systems including SharePoint.

      No doubt like many we have lost business due to the much hyped OnerDrive for Business, this really needs to be addressed now, and quickly. Yes, 9 months is absolutely unacceptable.

      • Agreed. My Clients are using every other online file storage solution because of the continuous incessant problems with file syncing. It is really bad when you are collaborating on an important document and you all somehow completely lose access to it. Maybe take up the headhunting offer and figure this painful experience out.

  22. How come the Sharepoint sync is not given more priority? This must be somewhat of a core feauture with companies. The old sync clients limits and errors are just too much. Now we have to wait a year to add Sharepoint support. How can this take a year? How about spending 2-3 months developing and focusing on this feature? So we can get this feature by the end of summer?

    • Exactly the same situation here. We desperately need reliable SharePoint sync, and we need it soon. Even if you can only sync document libraries where the user has write access in the beginning, this would be way better than the current Groove sync client, which is so unreliable that it is basically unusable.

  23. I’ve commented many times before but I really cannot understand how OneDrive for ‘BUSINESS’ does not effectively allow us to efficiently and easily access our shared files and document libraries. As a result I know that 90% of our users have documents in their own OD4B library that should be shared or in SharePoint, but it’s too difficult and clunky for them to use the web portal.

  24. Great update!. But Where is the most awaited LAN sync feature….?

  25. Hi Reuben,

    Can you please explain the Microsoft OneDrive update mechanism and how it works?

    In my organization we were using “OneDrive 17.3.6281.1202” later it got upgraded to “OneDrive 17.3.6302.0225” automatically. some of them had OneDrive 17.3.5951.0827 this also got upgraded to “OneDrive 17.3.6302.0225”. Now I see the latest available version is “17.3.6386.0412” as per update.xml however it is not upgrading to it.

    Can you please explain OneDrive update or upgrade mechanism in detail?

    Many Thanks

    • We are experiencing the same thing and also need to understand how OneNote is updated.

  26. Can anyone explain the upgrade process from the groove.exe client?

    Mine is version 15.0.4815.1000 and no matter what I try, I can’t upgrade it.

  27. How about the feature that enables syncing to networkdrives, so I can leave my local harddrives al;one (for example in a terminal server environment)? Is that already possible?

  28. I was wondering where down the roadmap you plan to implement the feature which will allow OneDrive to be deployed without the user to have local admin rights.

  29. What about the ability to organized shared documents? Adding tags or labels would make life much easier, especially for those of us who share and receive shared documents by the dozens. For example, when my class shares 15 essays all at once, I’d love to be able to tag or organize those essays so that when my next class shares, they all don’t get jumbled. Google Drive allows for sorting shared docs into folders, but I’d settle for tags.

  30. I would love the ability to tag or organize the documents shared with me. For example, each of my classes would get its own tag so I could keep track of the docs. Google allows for shared docs to be placed into folders, but sortable tags would be just as good.

  31. I concur about the Sharepoint library sync being WAAAAY overdue. It was discussed as “coming” months ago, and the total release time will have been over a year. That seems like it hadn’t even been started at that point. And yet there are 3rd party clients that can at least browse (really-even just browse and download would be an improvement. Or, let 3rd party clients make use of the Word and Excel edit engines so they can integrate that into their clients. But it’s getting really hard for all of us who recommended this option to look at it as a smart move when features are being announced over a year before their appearance. We’ve been paying for this service and we can’t use it in any sensible way-and customers wanting Sharepoint access shouldn’t have been a surprise and been something that required feedback at Ignite. It should have been a day 1 planned feature.

  32. Does anyone know which version is suppose to have the latest features included? I have build 17.3.6386.0412 installed on a Windows 10 machine, but I don’t see the new features (e.g. no option to pause sync from the client context menu.

  33. It’s incredibly disappointing that Microsoft has not given a higher priority to SharePoint library synchronisation in the NGSC. The clue should be in the product’s name – “For Business” – and yet there seems to be a higher priority given to iOS and Android apps. Despite headlines announcing the world is switching to mobile, most people do serious work on documents while sat at a desk using a computer, not squinting into the screen of their mobile phone. And the want to open and save documents locally, not from a browser.

    We have more and more Dropbox For Business accounts being purchased because people need a reliable document sharing platform that syncs properly to their local drive. And using Dropbox means the documents are not in SharePoint.

    In the vain hope that Microsoft had at least put some effort into making the old ODFB sync client work more reliably, I set up a test about a week ago. One library, only me using it from one computer, about eight documents. This morning I spent an hour resolving sync errors. People simply won’t tolerate products that behave like this.

    SharePoint library sync should have been in the first release of the NGSC and now we’re being told end 2016. Poorly judged priorities in my view.

  34. Concerning “Improved Setup”:
    When I try to install using the above link ( I get something like “A newer version is already installed. Please remove this first.”
    But removing isn’t possible because this doesn’t show up in my Programs & Features.
    Any hints?

  35. I migrated to ODfB from other options recently. However, I continue to struggle with a few specific feature gaps compared to DropBox. Personally, i don’t care about SP integration – it is very confusing. I just want a DropBox equivalent for my personal local store. Specifically:

    –Have you removed the 20,000 file limit on the sync client? Frankly, the 1 TB storage is useless with this limit.
    –Agree with another poster that restricted use of special characters in filenames is causing major issues

    Please respond with when one or both of these will be fixed. I can deal with #2; I cannot deal with #1. right now, i’m hosting my personal store on a combination of ODfB, OD consumer, and local options due to this ridiculous limit.


    • The video at the top of the blog post is very informative and I encourage you to watch it. The 20,000 file sync limit is gone. Maximum file size is now 10GB. There are still limitations with characters in file names. eg. #
      Full list of the limitations of the next gen sync client here.

  36. Many of my customers have so much trouble using the Groove-agent syncing the Sharepoint Document Libraries. Making the NGSC supporting this will be so great – even though it should have been a part of the first release :-/

    When and where do you announce the preview of the NGSC supporting sync of Sharepoint Document Libraries? Q3 2016 is long enough, I cannot wait until the end of 2016.

  37. Tks for the updates. Any update on the timing when the “Pause Syncing” functionality will be rolled out?
    In the meantime, what is the best way to stop syncing – because of poor internet speed – just exit the OneDrive app and then restart the PC when you want to open the app again?
    Tks Michael

  38. OK. I’m doomed… The poor performance and usability of the Groove client will force me to remove it from workstations… End users are tossing salads, tacos and anything they can get their hands on because the syncing is horrible. I pushed off my end-users a bit knowing the new client was coming out, now we find out its not until the end of 2016. Can’t force them to stick with something that is simply embarrassing not only to Microsoft, but to our IT organization for even deploying such a terrible syncing solution.

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