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New Capabilities for OneDrive Announced Today at SharePoint Conference North America

 

Today at the SharePoint Conference North America, streamed as the SharePoint Virtual Summit, we announced new innovations for OneDrive (much of it based on your UserVoice feedback) that will make sharing and working together with inside and outside of your organization even easier.

 

 These features will be rolling out over the next few months so we encourage you to track the release dates via our Office 365 Roadmap page.

 

Let’s look at the highlights from today:

First class scan and photos experiences on mobile

  • New scan experience - We have made the built-in scan functionality in the OneDrive mobile app easier to access by adding a dedicated icon in the tab bar. It’s simple to add multiple pages, annotate, and change the file name or destination folder right in the capture experience.

 Scan.pngMobile Scan Experience

  • Camera upload support in OneDrive for Business- A very popular request in our UserVoice community, we are excited to announce automatic uploads for photos and videos captured to local camera roll on iOS and Android.

Photos.pngCamera Upload for OneDrive for Business

Powerful, secure sharing and collaboration

  • Password protected links - We are adding the ability to set and require a password when you share a file or folder with other people. This will prevent others from accessing your files if your intended recipient accidentally forwards or shares the link. Of course, password protecting links are not needed if you use our secure external sharing.

Password Set@3x.pngPassword Protected Link- Sender

Password Experience@2x.pngPassword Protected Links- Receipant

  • Block download - We are adding the ability to prevent users from downloading files shared via view-only links. This enables you to share Office documents in the cloud while preventing people from keeping offline copies.

Blockdownload On@3x.pngBlock Download

Seamless deployment and onboarding

  • Known folder move - This capability will allow administrators to move known folders from their PC including Documents, Desktop, and Pictures to OneDrive. This includes support for initial account configuration as well as post-deployment migration.

KFM_Move_Window_Blog@2x.pngKnown Folder Move

  • Team site automount - This feature offers administrators the ability to automatically connect and synchronize specific SharePoint team sites as part of a OneDrive deployment or upgrade process.

Consistent High-Value Controls

  • External sharing reports - This feature will offer site administrators the ability to see all files on their site that are shared, including via anonymous links or secure external sharing This report can be exported into Excel or Power BI so you can filter and analyze sharing usage and patterns of your end users. These reports can also be imported to third-party management and security software.

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  • Customization of sharing emails - Administrators will be able to brand the outgoing sharing emails to recipients with their company logo. Note, this functionality will require Azure Active Directory Premium P1.

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  • Transfer ownership for deleted users - Currently when a user leaves an organization the ownership of their OneDrive files is transferred to her or his manager. Administrators will soon have the ability to transfer the ownership to any individual in the organization.

As we shared this week, your votes on our user voice site helps to drive many of our features and functionality. In addition to Camera Upload for OneDrive for Business announced above, support of external storage cards on Android devices was another top ask released earlier this month. We encourage you to visit the OneDrive UserVoice site and add or upvote new features you care about.

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We wanted to give a huge thanks this week to our great customer and host resort for the SharePoint Conference North America, MGM Resorts International. MGM Resorts is rolling out Office 365 across their 77,000 global employees including moving to OneDrive, improving productivity, data governance and saving the company $750,000 in annual 3rd party licensing costs. Check out the full case study here.

 

Finally, we also had time to sit down with Jeff Teper and members of his engineering leadership team this week to discuss these new features as well as all the announcements for SharePoint, Teams, Yammer, and Stream at the conference. Watch for those video interviews on this blog starting next week.

 

Thanks again and make sure to check out the keynote on demand in case you missed it!

 

-The OneDrive Team

23 Comments
Senior Member

Known Folder Move? Fantastic! 

 

Will it somehow auto log a user in or...?

Occasional Contributor

@Stephen Rose wrote:

These features will be rolling out over the next few months...

Seamless deployment and onboarding

  • Known folder move - This capability will allow administrators to move known folders from their PC including Documents, Desktop, and Pictures to OneDrive. This includes support for initial account configuration as well as post-deployment migration.
  • Team site automount - This feature offers administrators the ability to automatically connect and synchronize specific SharePoint team sites as part of a OneDrive deployment or upgrade process.

Will Known Folder Move and/or Team Site Automount require the upcoming Windows 1809 release? 1803? 1709? Just want to plan for the minimum Windows version that our customers will need to be on when this is released. 

 

Can we get more specific release dates for Known Folder Move and Team Site Automount?

 

The Roadmap currently states Q4 CY2018, but this blog post states in the next few months. Does this mean that First Release will get it in (May, June, July...) August and that it will go GA by (October through...) December? 

 

Also, can we get some clarification on Team Site Automount...

  1. Will it be controlled through SharePoint Admin Center, O365 Admin Center, MDM, Group Policy, and/or PowerShell?
  2. Will it support Office 365 Group Document Libraries? 
  3. Are there any known limitations that we should begin to prepare for? 

Thank you and really looking forward to these features!

Occasional Contributor

Great Stephen! love this updates. Thank you for sharing!!


New Contributor

Very excited and new features for one drive especially,

 

  • Camera upload support in one Drive for business
  • Known folder move
  • External Sharing reports and integration with Power BI
  • Transfer, Ownership for deleted users

waiting for rolling out the same in the production to gets hands-on experience.

This is amazing. OneDrive team you are doing awesome job. Camera upload support and known folder move are my favorites. 

@Stephen Rose Thank you!!

Regular Visitor

So, I don't need Office Lens app anymore?

New Contributor

Azure AD P2 required just to customise the sharing email - that seems excessive!

Known folder move will hopefully allow us to decom custom scripts that accomplish this for us today

Microsoft

Awesome updates Stephen. Can't wait to share with my customer.

Microsoft

Hi @Simon Barratt,

 

OneDrive is using the existing organization branding that is available via Azure AD (which requires the P2 license). Thanks for your feedback!


Stephen Rice

OneDrive Program Manager II

Microsoft

Shawn,

 

No. The office lens functionality is not only built into Scan in OneDrive but it will save directly to OneDrive as well!

Occasional Visitor

Great additions. One addition I’d like to see is the capability to search for text strings within documents under a specific folder(s). 

New Contributor

What is the difference between "known folder move" and the existing possibility to configure user profile folder redirection into onedrive by GPO? Or is it only about making it visible in the odfb client UI?

 

best regards

Occasional Contributor

When will i be able to create expiring links in our tenant? i can't seem to find when this functionality will be available for standard release

Microsoft

Fernando,

 

This functionality is available today for anon external links. We will roll out the features listed above in the next few months.

Microsoft

Aaron,

 

These features will release before Ignite this year.

 

KFM will require 1709 or later. TS Automount will work with all currently supported versions of Windows.

TS Automount will be scripted as part of the deployment process.

Senior Member

Stephen,

 

Great new features but, Microsoft pushes OneDrive to be the main productivity and file repository. The administrator should have visibility by report or central management site to view all sync issue and be able to see which client haven't synchronize for 30/60/90/120 Days etc. We as IT moves the responsibility to the users while there is an issue it is our responsibility to the data availability. This is a real business risk for data availability.

Central reporting to see which users have synchronization issues

Central repository or reporting capability to see which users have synchronization issues

https://onedrive.uservoice.com/forums/262982-onedrive/suggestions/12839481-central-reporting-to-see-...

 

Regards

Itzik 

Microsoft

@Itzik Menashe

 

Great feedback. I have passed it onto engineering and the UserVoice team.

 

Thanks!

Azure AD Premium P2 requirement is an error

branding requires P1

CC: @Stephen Rose @Stephen Rice

@Stephen Rose could you provide some more info on the ability to extract an Excel report about shared files/folders?

 

Also, and this might be a bit off topic, sorry, do you know anything about the ability to encrypt the local OneDrive folder to protect from other people who may have administrative access to the same computer? Is this something that has been considered?

 

Finally, glad to see the ability to sync photos finally coming to odfb, hopefully it doesn’t stop there. We need at least full feature parity with OneDrive Personal, including support in the Photos app on Windows 10 for odfb, so that you can make videos etc.

Regular Visitor

If someone has administrator access to the computer, they all they need is a little bit of a desire and they can get past anything you do. If they wanted, they could easily just right-click and reset your password and login "as you" and reach the files you thought were safely blocked from them.

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Hi @Allan With Sørensen,

 

I can help provide clarity around the external sharing report feature we announced. Our goal is to output a CSV file of all the external users on the site and what they have access to (and what permission they have). This can then be filtered/sorted/analyzed in tools like Excel, PowerBI or via a custom script. Thanks!

 

Stephen Rice

OneDrive Program Manager II

Hi Stephen Thanks, so does that only include (authenticated) guest users already in the organization or does it include external users who are not in the organization? And how about links (either for my organization only or anonymous)? Really, what I am looking for, is everything that is shown, when I go to the sharing tab, so even if it is an anonymous link, who was that link shared with (if anyone) and who has accessed it (if it is anyone authenticated)? Thanks again!
New Contributor

For Known Folder Move, how does it handle files that are already redirected to a file share such as \\FileServer\fileshare\username\desktop?

Do the files need to be put back in the default location at C:\Users\Username\Desktop before they can be synced to OneDrive?

Is this the best method for migrating previously redirected folders from file shares to OneDrive?