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Major OneDrive updates at Ignite 2016 include SharePoint Online sync preview

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OneDrive and SharePoint work together to make storing and accessing all your files simple and powerful. We recently outlined a vision for file management in Office 365 that included a set of new features, such as simplified file sharing (both inside and outside your organization), the ability to copy files directly from OneDrive to SharePoint, mobile access to all your Office 365 files on iOS and the innovative Discover view that uses Microsoft Graph to suggest relevant and trending files.

Today at Ignite, we’re proud to announce new sync, browser, mobile and IT capabilities for you!

New sync capabilities include:

  • Ability to sync SharePoint Online document libraries and OneDrive folders shared with you (preview available today).
  • An “activity center” has been added to the OneDrive sync client to allow you to view synchronization and file activity at a glance (preview available today).

New browser capabilities include:

  • Rich thumbnails and previews for over 20 new file types (rolling out before the end of 2016).
  • Ability to access and edit all your files in OneDrive and SharePoint Online from the OneDrive browser client (rolling out before the end of 2016).
  • Capability to download multiple files as a .zip file (rolling out before the end of 2016).

New mobile capabilities include:

  • Notifications to your iOS or Android device when someone shares a OneDrive file with you (available today).
  • Access to SharePoint Online files in the OneDrive app on Android (available today).
  • Multi-page scan enhancements in the OneDrive app on Android (available today).
  • Ability to see over time how many people have discovered and viewed your files in OneDrive for iOS (available today).

New IT capabilities include:

  • Enhancements to integration with Office 2016 (available in First Release).
  • Simple, flexible OneDrive user management in Office 365 (available in First Release).
  • Dedicated OneDrive administration console in Office 365 (rolling out before the end of 2016).

Take your files on the go with powerful new sync options

We promised to bring a single sync experience for all your files in Office 365, across OneDrive and SharePoint. Today, we’re proud to announce the public preview of this eagerly anticipated update for both PC and Mac.

SharePoint sync is being added to the OneDrive sync client, which we released last year, and offers superior levels of reliability, performance and control—including the flexibility to select the specific folders you want to take offline.

Now you have one simple way to take any of your Office 365 files offline. And we’ll make it even easier, with a seamless upgrade from the legacy sync client (groove.exe).

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Shared folder sync is another powerful capability shipping with this preview. If a colleague in your organization shares a folder with you from their OneDrive, then you can choose to take that folder offline. What’s more, it doesn’t count against your storage quota!

For better visibility of what is going on with your sync client, we’re rolling out the activity center. When a file is added, deleted or changed in a folder that you are syncing, the activity center shows you exactly what happened—so you can catch up on the most recent activity and see current sync status.

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To get started with the preview download the setup instructions here.

View files fast with better previews and thumbnails

OneDrive offers deep integration with Office Online, so you can view, edit and create Office files from any browser. There are times you want to view other types of files in the browser without downloading them. So, we’re enabling rich previews for your most commonly used business file types. Without leaving OneDrive, you will be able to preview Adobe files, including Illustrator (.ai), Photoshop (.psd) and Encapsulated PostScript (.eps). Email files (.msg and .eml), almost all photo files (including many RAW formats) and streaming video are also supported. Additionally, most of these file types now have high resolution thumbnails in the folder’s tile view. We won’t stop here—we’re continuously building support for new file types, creating better previews and increasing coverage for thumbnails.

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Access all your Office 365 files through the OneDrive browser experience

Our mission is to enable you to work with all your Office 365 files wherever you are. We’re releasing an update to the OneDrive browser experience that enables you to access, edit and share all files and folders in SharePoint Online that you own or follow. We’ll start rolling this out to First Release customers in the coming months, and rollout to all customers will be complete in the first quarter of 2017. Combined with the single experience in mobile apps and sync, you have one consistent way to work with the Office 365 files you care about. Regardless of whether you’re in the browser on PC or Mac, or on your device using our apps, OneDrive is the one place to access, share, edit and collaborate on all your Office 365 files.

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Download multiple files as a .zip file

Based on your feedback, we’ve added another new capability to the OneDrive browser experience. You can now select multiple files and folders and download them in a .zip file.

Keep informed with mobile notifications

For iOS or Android users, we’ve added notifications when a colleague shares a file with you. You can now open the file directly from the notification. You won’t have to rely on email to know when you can start working on that shared proposal with colleagues or complete the final review of tomorrow’s presentation. In the future, we’ll bring notifications to Android and Windows, as well as add notifications for other file activities beyond just sharing.

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Extending the Scan function to handle multiple photos

Earlier this year we released the Scan function on Android, which enables you to take single photos that are then converted to PDF files and uploaded to OneDrive. We’ve now expanded this allow you to add multiple photos and combine them in the one PDF file. Now you can scan your multi-page expense receipt or extensive notes across multiple whiteboards into a single PDF that’s uploaded and stored in OneDrive.

This feature will be rolling out to iOS in the coming weeks.

Understand the reach and impact of your work

When you copy from OneDrive to SharePoint—a feature we recently released—your file becomes accessible and discoverable by your team. We announced in May that we were working on a feature to measure the reach of your files. Starting today on iOS, you can see over time how many people have discovered and viewed your files. This provides simple insight into the impact of your work. We’ll add this capability to Android and Windows in future updates.

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New deeper Office 2016 integration saves you time in collaborating with others

We’re continuing to deliver true, seamless Office integration everywhere you use Microsoft Office and OneDrive. In the top right of the Office 2016 ribbon, you can see the users who are currently editing the file and launch Skype for Business to converse in real-time. You can also share the file, see the history of all activity on the file as well. Being able to share with others and getting a snapshot of what is going on with your file without having to jump out of the Office app are big time-savers.

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Additionally, when you click the File tab to open a file, you’ll notice now that in addition to having access to files you recently accessed in OneDrive and SharePoint Online, you can now also access files most recently shared with you. The result is simple: access to all the files you’re working with on any device—yet another time-saving feature exclusive to OneDrive and SharePoint.

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Secure and manage OneDrive with enhancements for IT pros

Between now and the end of 2016, we’re releasing even more features for IT to secure and manage OneDrive. We’ll add per-user controls for OneDrive directly in the Office 365 User Management console. As an admin, you will be able to set the storage quota and external sharing permissions for a specific user, as well as help a user who misplaced a file or inadvertently shared the wrong file with others. In emergencies, such as a lost device, you can sign a user out of OneDrive on all devices. And, when an employee leaves the organization or is terminated, you can take over the user’s OneDrive to move or copy important files to other locations. This capability complements the feature we shipped earlier this year that allows you to preserve files in a deleted user’s OneDrive for up to 10 years, so that you can be confident important files are not lost. We’ll continue to add new per-user settings and controls.

We’re also creating a dedicated administration console for OneDrive in the Office 365 admin center, so you’ll have one place to discover and configure OneDrive-specific settings and perform administrative tasks—many of which used to require PowerShell. The new experience is simple, modern, fast and responsive, and makes managing OneDrive for your organization much easier.

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The future of simple and powerful file sharing is now

We’re pleased to deliver these innovations that lead the way to simple and powerful file sharing for Office 365 customers. OneDrive delivers a single, consistent experience for working with all your files in your individual OneDrive, your SharePoint team sites and Office 365 Groups. We’re bringing you rock-solid sync, a rich browser experience, highly-rated mobile apps and deeper, more powerful integration with Microsoft Office. And we’re bringing all of this to your PC and Mac as well as all your devices. We’re innovating ways to use intelligence to accelerate your productivity, with content discovery and insights into the impact of your work. And of course, behind these great experiences and capabilities are the security, compliance and manageability controls that are the hallmark of Office 365.

Get started with the new updates today! And let us know what you think: Please share your thoughts and ideas through the Microsoft Technical Community and UserVoice. There’s so much more to come with OneDrive and SharePoint!

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  1. I am super INSANELY pumped about this. I’ve scanned this article twice and didn’t see anything about overcoming the 5,000 file limit per site that Groove.exe had. Is that gone? Unlimited file sync count/size now? Maybe unlimited count but 2GB per file size?

    Best news work related I could have possibly had for a Monday! I spent the weekend rebuilding some Groove syncs that had multiple stuck files. Looking forward to never doing that again!

    • I feel your pain!! Will be great to have Groove kicked into outer space!

      They have mentioned in the past this update will remove the 5,000 sync limit and I assume the file upload limit will be the 10GB that the Onedrive for Business sync has.

    • Ed, the limit wasn’t with the Groove sync, but rather with the SharePoint indexing. This was addressed in latest SharePoint Online in that it indexes automatically.. Unless you are syncing SharePoint libraries, don’t use Groove. Use NGSC (Next Generation Sync Client) instead. As you may know, groove is on its way out.

  2. Are there any plans to have the sync client auto configure its self, or the ability to use OneDrive on a terminal sever, to where users frequently use a different client each day, and don’t want to configure the sync client eeach time?

  3. Finally the ability to share OneDrive content with other users? Welcome to Dropbox 2008 functionality. (we’ll see if Mac users actually get this basic EFSS capability)

    • You could always share with other users, it just didn’t sync to the other persons local storage on their computer.

    • Unlike Dropbox, though, OneDrive doesn’t secretly install kernel extensions on your Mac.

  4. It looks like you can only do selective sync with OneDrive for Business. Is there any reason why you can’t do that with SharePoint Document libraries? Isn’t OneDrive for Business just a SharePoint Document Library?

    • I’ve selectively sync’d a SharePoint document library. Have another look.

    • I can confirm that selective sync works with my personal OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and with the SharePoint libraries I’ve connected to the new preview client. I suspect Microsoft made and update to the preview app after the video was made.

      • Cool. Thanks. I just downloaded the preview app, and like you said, it must have been added after the video.

  5. I am attending Ignite, this is with no doubt the best news of the day – also considering the awaited Windows server 2016 GA. Now, Microsoft, we just need a solution for managing AD synced user to AAD without an on-prem Exchange server (considering ADSI edit or directly attribute editing not an option). I know it coming, because I talked to a MS internal Exchange expert today, but please speed up the process 🙂

  6. Awesome, i really look forward to these functionalities!

    Where can i find the public preview of the new OneDrive sync client and when is the OneDrive Admin Center released in the tenant, or should i put it on First Release?

  7. Great news! But where did the OneDrive context menu go? I can no longer right-click the file in Windows Explorer, choose OneDrive and Copy Link to get the SPO url for the file… that’s a feature our users use all the time.

  8. This is VERY INTERESTING as it has been gone for years now. But were is the information on the Mac Client?

  9. “We promised to bring a single sync experience for all your files in Office 365, across OneDrive and SharePoint. Today, we’re proud to announce the public preview of this eagerly anticipated update for both PC and Mac.”

    Where can I download the Mac version?

  10. Nice news and features!
    I hope you will stabilize the preview. In my tests (Sharepoint Libraries Synchronization), this version only works with Edge (not with IE 11/Win10 nor IE11/Win7) and It’s only working on Sharepoint Library that use the new experience view.
    Thanks.

  11. Stupid question, but how/where do I get the sync client update? Does anyone have a link to the installer?

      • Hi, What is the version of OneDrive sync client ? I’m actually running the v17.3.6517.0809 is it the good one ? I log in on this website but where is the link ?

        • Here is how to reinstall OneDrive, instructions from OneDrive escalation team.

          Please back up all your data In OneDrive first.

          The Steps about uninstalling the OneDrive in Windows10.
          1. Open Command Prompt in Administrator mode: Right-click on the Windows icon in the taskbar and select Command Prompt (Admin).
          2. Type in [ taskkill /f /im OneDrive.exe ] to terminate any OneDrive processes and hit Enter.
          3. Then type in either [ %SystemRoot%\System32\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall ] if you’re using 32-bit Windows 10 or
          [ %SystemRoot%\SysWOW64\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall ] if you’re using 64-bit Windows 10 and hit Enter.
          4. Please try to search the OneDrive in the search bar to make sure the app will no longer be found.
          5. Download and install new OneDrive client
          6th October new version (R7) is OneDrive Windows v2016 – 17.3.6642.0922 and can be found here http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=823059

        • Here is how to reinstall OneDrive, instructions from OneDrive escalation team.

          Please back up all your data In OneDrive first.

          The Steps about uninstalling the OneDrive in Windows10.
          1. Open Command Prompt in Administrator mode: Right-click on the Windows icon in the taskbar and select Command Prompt (Admin).
          2. Type in [ taskkill /f /im OneDrive.exe ] to terminate any OneDrive processes and hit Enter.
          3. Then type in either [ %SystemRoot%\System32\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall ] if you’re using 32-bit Windows 10 or
          [ %SystemRoot%\SysWOW64\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall ] if you’re using 64-bit Windows 10 and hit Enter.
          4. Please try to search the OneDrive in the search bar to make sure the app will no longer be found.
          5. Download and install new OneDrive client

          6th October new version (R7) is OneDrive Windows v2016 – 17.3.6642.0922 and can be found here http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=823059

  12. Will the thumbnail previews for Adobe files, etc. carry over to SharePoint document libraries?

  13. Unfortunately my ODFB on my Windows 10 Enterprise machine doesn’t sync at all anymore. I cannot even add my business account back, because its saying that I’ve already added it when I try to do it. On the account dialog it says that I don’t have any accounts connected. It doesn’t sync anymore. Only thing that still syncs are my personal OneDrive files. Is it possible to uninstall OneDrive and reinstall back again?

    • I am having the same problem. Downloaded the sync client now it won’t sync any of my files. It says its been syncing for the last two days.

  14. I am very excited about this. I tried it on Windows 8.1 and the client does not even start. Is this by design? I did not find a note on support OSs. Please clarify.

  15. But does the Sharepoint library sync support ON PREM Sharepoint?? Everything i see is Sharepoint Online.

    • Usually new features are implemented online first. Then Microsoft bring some features to on prem, like it is happen in SP 2016.

  16. Has anybody already received these updates? We are on “first release”, but we are still waiting, to get these new features.

    • Guido, First Release, etc. only refers to Office updates. OneDrive (NGSC) is a separate product, not part of Office… yet. As such, Office updates to not affect Onedrive.exe, but rather Groove.exe. The latter will be deprecated.

  17. Whwn will the activity feature in Office 2016 files be available? I can currently see it, but my colleagues cannot see it (althiugh we are all Office 2016 + first release users).

  18. Sadly, Shared Folder sync and coauthoring does not seem to function. I have successfully synced a shared folder from a colleague, but my up-to-date Office 2016 installation does not detect the files in the folder as being in an online location. Can you confirm that coauthoring with Shared Folders is not supported in this release?

  19. These are great news. Our organization had halted the implementation of SharePoint since the beginning of the year due to the current sync client´s file limit and the number of sync issues experienced by our users. Also, Kudos to Microsoft for the extra mile as quite a few additional features were not expected but welcomed. Got to give it a try and hope everything works as expected.

  20. What a great new release! Looking forward to using it daily…

    The preview, however, is not working for me: Either I get the Setup wizeard of Onedrive or (after deactivating the Groove Addon) I’m redirected to a Microsoft site where it says I should download ODFB.

    My setup is Win 7 64 bit, IE 11, Office 2013, Sharepoint Online (company subscription) with old experience.

  21. Not impressed at all , Office 365 is nothing short of a confusing mess. All i want, and all my users want is for a shared area in the cloud that works just like a local SMB network share would. No sync, we don’t want 2TB of data being syncing on every device. For it to work on a Mac too. So once logged into the OneDrive client the shared drive is accessible via Explorer(Windows) or Finder (Mac) or via the App on iOS and Android. No need for the user to define it either, the Admin should be able to specify that a certain shared area appears to everyone!.

  22. Without leaving OneDrive, you will be able to preview Adobe files, including Illustrator (.ai), Photoshop (.psd) and Encapsulated PostScript (.eps).
    Does this also counts for files in a SharePoint Library? Or only in OneDrive?

  23. Any update on where we an find the Mac client? Would love to start testing this on Mac – I have lots of users who have been vociferously complaining about the lack of shared folder sync since I set them up on OneDrive.

  24. I did followed the instruction.
    1. I uninstalled Groove.exe and Onedrive.exe from my machine
    2. Installed new version from the link given and the version installed in my test machine is 17.3.6642.0922
    3. my Onedrive items are synched
    4. i went to sharepoint libraries and hit synch icon. it took me to another page https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2903984 asking me to install OneDrive for Business
    5. when i have Onedrive for business installed and have the beta version 17.3.6642.0922 i hit the sync button in sharepoint library but it synchs files in OneDrive for Business. So in reality OneDrive NGSC (which shows OneDrive – ) is not synching sharepoint library but the Onedrive for business is doing instead which was already doing that.

    So when we will be able to have just OneDrive – able to synch sharepoint library?

    • Had the same problem when I open sharepoint libraries with IE or Edge. Tried in google chrome and it works as advertised!

      • Great tip Eduardo, I´ve just tried and it works wonderfully on Chrome, but not IE, go figure. Mil gracias.

  25. Syncing with a library isn’t working for me. The preview client crashes when listing folders to sync. OS: Windows Server 2012 R2

    Faulting application name: OneDrive.exe, version: 17.3.6642.922, time stamp: 0x57e4c349
    Faulting module name: KERNELBASE.dll, version: 6.3.9600.18340, time stamp: 0x5736541b
    Exception code: 0x80000003
    Fault offset: 0x000b8e42

    • In fact, I’ve tried on 3 different servers with varying OS’s (all x64) and they all crash at the same point. Tried comparability mode which doesn’t help either.

  26. Unfortunately it seems its still a mess. For a small number of files its worse than groove sync as it gets stuck processing changes after one or two small file updates. Not good. I’d say I’m a fairly mild mannered person but this continuing fiasco with OneDrive is making me want to shout at somebody.

    • Same here, I’ve been waiting for almost 3-years for Microsoft to get it right with OneDrive for Business.

  27. So am I reading this correctly?

    “We’re bringing you rock-solid sync, a rich browser experience, highly-rated mobile apps and deeper, more powerful integration with Microsoft Office. And we’re bringing all of this to your PC and Mac as well as all your devices.”

    So this means that sometime soon (no date announced yet), among other functionality, Microsoft will be releasing a new version of the OneDrive Business Sync Client for Mac that will sync OneDrive folders and SharePoint folders?

    Is this correct?

    • Highly anticipating the answer to this question. Using Windows myself, I’m happy with the sync possibility and OneDrive/Sharepoint integration in Explorer. However, half of our company uses a Mac and is currently unable to sync Sharepoint folders to their Mac. From what I read in article above, this will be solved soon?

      • I am also highly anticipating the answer to this. I spoke to MS office technical support before summer and I ‘ve been told that a new app should be revealed after summer that would work on mac as well. Nothing has happened yet and we have some frustrated people at work who are not able to sync sharepoint locally.

  28. Hi Thank you very much is very good Only Best Software World Microsoft Office

  29. 25/10/2016 : Still cannot selective sync Sharepoint online library.
    Not able to share folder using link without login just like one drive for personal
    PDF – view and edit function no different, when u press on PDF it will download to local. This is a security breach if you would like to set it to view only.
    and many many many more problems

  30. Is there any support available for this release? Its working pretty well on our own sharepoint, but i’m struggling to get it to sync anything when I login as an external user.
    The external user account has access to the sharepoint site (I can browse it online and upload and edit files), but when i try and sync it offline now the client gets confused when I sign in and I get a “NoTeamSitePermission:User does not have the required Teamsite permissions for onedrive for business” error.

  31. The ONLY way to FIX OneDrive for Business is to completely decouple it from SharePoint. SharePoint was never, ever, intended to be a file server. Instead of admitting to it’s failure and releasing a business version of consumer OneDrive Microsoft now has about a foot thick of lipstick on this pig. We’re very close to banning the use of ODFB in our organization.

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