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OneDrive Message Center Update November 1st to November 31st

This month, we’ll be rolling out Block Download for Anyone and Organization sharing links as well as updating the MyAnalytics feature on OneDrive mobile. We’re also announcing that Camera Upload for OneDrive on Android is coming out of beta for all users!

 

As always, feel free to leave your feedback, comments or questions below.

Block Download for Anyone & Organization Links

Rolling out in late November

We are rolling out the Block Download feature for sharing links. With this feature, users will now be able to share a link to Office documents that can block recipients from the file, making copies of the file, copying text into other applications or printing. Even with these settings enabled, the user is still able to view the document in Office Online. Users can create links that block download by using the common sharing experience that exists across Office 365. By going into Link Settings they’ll be able to toggle the “block download” option for view-only links. This feature will begin rolling out in late November.

    Block Download Combined.pngBlock Download for sharing links

 

Updates to MyAnalytics on OneDrive for iOS & Android

Rolling out in late November

We are updating the MyAnalytics feature in the OneDrive for iOS & Android apps.

This feature now adds new entry points to the view count and context menus for individual files to make it easier to see everything that’s happening around your files. We are improving the service itself so that view counts are more accurate and will match the analytics that are available on OneDrive web. We are also removing the “File trending” signal in this release. You should start seeing these changes in your app in late November.

Analytics Update.pngMyAnalytics Update for OneDrive mobile

 

Camera Upload on Android is now available!

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The Camera Upload feature for OneDrive on Android is now available for all customers! Once enabled, this feature will allow users to automatically upload all photos in the device Camera Roll to a selected OneDrive for Business account*. To enable this feature, go to the “Me” view from within your OneDrive for Business account and tap “Photos”. You will see a prompt like the one below, tap “Turn On” and read the ensuing prompts carefully. This will begin rolling out to customers later this month.

*Please note that OneDrive only supports one account (business or consumer) to be used at a time for the Camera Upload feature.

 

 

Android Camera Upload.pngCamera Upload on Android

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 Comments

Block Download for Anyone and Organization sharing links. Where’s the news around “Organization links”?

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Hi @Jacques Alexandre Bergeron,

 

Organization links are just links that only work for people in your organization (sometimes called "Internal" links as well). Hope that helps!

 

Stephen Rice

OneDrive Program Manager II

Contributor

Is this possible to prevent "Block Download" globally, so by default "Block Download" is disable and user can not enable this? I believe MS provided this feature using group policy?

 

Aviain

Frequent Contributor

Will block download be implemented with the option specific people rather then the everyone choice?

To be able to block the download for organizational links is interesting yes. 

Having the ability to set an expiration date every share (not only anonymous) would be even more interesting!! @Stephen Rice

Contributor

@Stephen RiceHow far off is camera upload to OneDrive for Business on IOS?

Senior Member

I am on Windows 10 Insider and Office insider and haven't seen the block download button as of yet. Did this rollout ? How can I get it ?

 

Stephen

Established Member

Will the Block Download option also made available for non-office programs? 
we are really interested in blocking the download of movies. 

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@Avian 1, there is no policy available to require Block Download on all sharing links. There are some conditional access policies that are similar though, which allow you to block download on un-managed devices for example.

 

@Maurits Knoppert, this is something we are looking at as well but Block Download for specific people will be coming a bit later. Stay tuned!

 

@Jacques Alexandre Bergeron, as announced at Ignite, we aqre working on expiration on a per site basis now (i.e. a user's access to everything on the site will expire at the same time). We are looking at per-link expiration as well. Definitely go submit/vote for this at onedrive.uservoice.com though!

 

@Peter Whitehouse, that should be there now. Are you not seeing it on your device?

 

@Stephen Kerkmann, the Block Download feature is still rolling out and so may not be available in your organization yet. Stay tuned!

 

Stephen Rice

OneDrive Program Manager II

Thanks Stephen. It will be great to add those in the roadmap so we have better visibility on those element. Nothing let us know in the user voice or elsewhere you are working on those features.

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Hi @Jacques Alexandre Bergeron,

 

Thanks for the feedback! Expiration should be in the roadmap now (I think it's called Expire externall access). Expiring individual links is not yet as we don't have any specific to share just yet. Thanks,

 

Stephen Rice

OneDrive Program Manager II

Occasional Contributor

Hi, 

 

1. Are there any notification on "Block download" expiration date to site admin/owner?

2. How to block download feature for few user if access given to the group in which those few users are member?

 

K Senthilrajan

 

Senior Member

What about reverse option "Direct download link"? This would be helpful situations where any kind of preview is not needed, or where preview craps out (for example on Excel files larger than 30MB) and blocks any access to the file?

Maybe I'm not understanding the purpose of this feature, or the feature hasn't rolled out to our tenant fully...

 

1) Send sharing link with blocked download to user

 a) User clicks on link and cannot "save as downloaded file"

 

2) Same user - navigates to the doc library where the file is saved. Sees the file.

 a) Selects file and clicks download button

 

Shouldn't 1a block the ability to do 2a?  If not, then what's the purpose of this feature?

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Hi @Senthilrajan Kaliyaperumal, on your first point, can you clarify a little further? On your second point, if a user is a member of a group that was shared to with block download, then the entire group will have the block download permission applied. You can share different links to different users if you want some to have block download and others to not. 

 

@Tomasz Czerniejewski, this is something we've thought about but don't have anything specific to share. Definitely submit this to onedrive.uservoice.com though!

 

@Kevin Crossman, if the sharing link is the only method by which the user has access to the file, it should prevent them from downloading regardless of whether the user is in the Office web apps or in the library view. Hope that helps!

 

Stephen Rice

OneDrive Program Manager II

@Stephen Rice I see! Yes, I confirm that's the case. Thank you.

Occasional Contributor

I didn't see an option to block download when sharing to specific people.  I'm guessing this option is giving direct access to the content (versus a sharing link), and by doing so that person now can get to the content directly, and therefore no good way of blocking the download.  In contrast, when giving out sharing links, you're giving access only to the document via office online (Word Online, PowerPoint Online, etc.) where you can easily block user from downloading.  Is that correct assumption?

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Hi @Jim Parker,

 

Almost! We are looking at adding support for specific people links as well. You are correct though that this works by only letting you access the doc via Office Online. Thanks!

 

Stephen Rice

OneDrive Program Manager II

Occasional Visitor

Hi @Stephen Rice,

 

I see that photo upload is now available for OneDrive for Business, which is great but I have a question. How do I switch from uploading photos to my personal OneDrive over to OneDrive for Business? I have two accounts registered - personal and business - but I don't see a way to switch the photo uploads from one to the other. The Photos option is there under my business account but I don't see a way of turning off uploads to my personal account so I can enable my business account. It's likely obvious but I'm missing it somewhere. Any help would be appreciated.

 

Thanks!

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Hi @Fred_Brown,

Camera upload support is now available in our Android app in version 5.22, which is still rolling out. Please give this a try on this version and let us know if you have any issues. Thanks! 

 

Lauren Khoo

 

Occasional Visitor

Hi @Lauren Khoo,

 

Thanks for your response.

 

I'm running the 5.21.1 release so that may explain why I can't turn this feature on. 5.22 is not showing as an available update here in Canada, at least not on the Rogers network on my Huawei P20 Pro so I'll wait for a bit until I can get the 5.22 release. I'll try again after that and will post back with my results.

 

Thanks!

Fred