What’s new in OneDrive for Business?

OneDrive for Business now includes more options and control over sharing files, more options for working with files in the web interface and improved options for admins to manage the OneDrive client on users’ PCs.

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OneDrive has become a significant part of many users’ workflows and Microsoft has been working to improve it, on the web, on Windows, and across other platforms. Sometimes that’s annoying, like a new File Save dialog in Word that tries to force users to put files in OneDrive but points at the root of their files rather than the folders they use most. But mostly, it’s helpful features and more admin tools.

Syncing smarter

Perhaps the biggest new arrival is support for its Files on Demand feature on macOS Mojave and later. If you’re using a Mac, access to OneDrive without having to sync all your content is a welcome update, especially if you’re using an older Mac with a small SSD where copying an entire OneDrive could have been problematic. Once Files on Demand has been enabled you can see remote files as if they were part of the macOS file system (even when you’re not online), recent files will automatically be available offline, and you can pick specific files to always have available.

Microsoft has extended Files on Demand to Windows Server 2019, as part of the desktop experience. If you’re doing VDI, that means users hosted on Windows Server will get access to their OneDrive files and admins will also be able to share important files and tools between machines.

Files on Demand is managed by Storage Sense on Windows PCs, which can be more aggressive about cleaning up files than you might want. Microsoft now provides a set of group policies that control how it removes cloud-stored files on PCs, so you won’t find…