OneDrive Roadmap Roundup – March 2020

Published Apr 06 2020 09:00 AM 16.3K Views

We hope all of you are taking care of yourselves and staying safe. The OneDrive team is hard at work to maintain service uptake as well as roll out features to provide quality product performance and experience.

Here are the latest functionalities that landed in production in the month of March-2020.

  • Conversations on the File Card
  • Smart upload management
  • Dark Mode on Android
  • PDFs and scans included in “Recent View” on Android



Conversations on the File Card

Roadmap ID: 56183


Visibility of all file activities is key, and we are continuously working to make it as seamless as possible. Whenever you hover over a file in OneDrive and SharePoint you will be able to see a wealth of information about your files at a glance.  Last year we announced updates to File card introducing features like “Inside look” that will surface deeper information on a file like key points and time to read the file as well as “Activity highlights” that will show relevant activities related to the files you’re working on, like edits, comments, or @mentions.

We have now initiated rolling out an additional update to the file card- “Conversations”. Now, when you hover over files that have been shared in email, meeting invitations, or private Teams chats, you will be able to see those conversations in the file card and allow users to jump back to them.  Users' collaborate in many places and the file card will help you remember where that work took place.


File card conversations help you jump back to  related communication over your files.File card conversations help you jump back to related communication over your files.


Smart upload management
Roadmap ID: 61528


You can now automatically adjust sync client upload rate based on bandwidth availability. This setting enables OneDrive sync client to upload data in the background by only consuming unused bandwidth and not interfere with other applications using the network. This setting is powered by Windows LEDBAT protocol (Low Extra Delay Background Transport) that allows to transfer data in the background quickly, without clogging the network. When LEDBAT detects increased latency that indicates other TCP connections are consuming bandwidth, OneDrive sync client will reduce its own consumption to prevent interference. When the network latency decreases again and bandwidth gets freed up, OneDrive sync client will ramp up upload rate and consume the unused bandwidth.

Note: This setting is only available on devices running Windows 10 / Windows Server 2016 or later


Dark mode on Android

Roadmap ID: 61355


Last month we announced extending the Fluent design update to OneDrive for Android. Among other features , it also marked global rollout of Dark Mode on OneDrive for Android across business and personal accounts.

Apart from the aesthetic appeal, widely known perks of Dark Mode are that it reduces eye strain and improves battery life of the device aiding you with uninterrupted productivity while on the go.


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PDFs and scans included in “Recent View” on Android

Roadmap ID: 61356


We’re bringing the common “Recent files” experience to OneDrive on Android, aligning with the Web and iOS experiences.Now, in your “Recent list”, uploaded scans and recently viewed PDFs will automatically surface at the top.Recently uploaded scans and PDFs surface at the top of your Recent list.Recently uploaded scans and PDFs surface at the top of your Recent list.

Learn more and stay engaged

As you can see, we continue to evolve OneDrive as a place to access, share, and collaborate on all your files in Office 365, keeping them protected and readily accessible on all your devices, anywhere.


You can stay up-to-date on all things via the OneDrive Blog and take advantage of end-user training resources on our Office support center.


Thank you again for your support of OneDrive. We look forward to your continued feedback on UserVoice and hope to connect with you at Ignite or another upcoming Microsoft or community-led event.


Thanks for your time reading all about OneDrive,

Ankita Kirti – Product Manager – OneDrive | Microsoft


Occasional Contributor

For the Smart Upload Management, what needs to take place on the infrastructure and Client?  I though LEDBAT was a server 2016 setting, is this on Windows 10 now?

Honored Contributor

Good stuff, thank you!

please put this on your road map: the ability to sync any folder on our computer with OneDrive, not just 3 folders (Picture, Document, Desktop). this is really important.

Occasional Contributor



Excited to see the continued updates.


Are there any tenant / site level settings required to enable the conversation features on the file card 



Hey Andew, the Conversations feature is enabled by default, no setting changes required.

Occasional Contributor

@Graham Kent thanks for the reply, I look forward to seeing it in action. Do you know if the conversation feature is also available on SharePoint sites?


Honored Contributor

@Graham Kent Hi, are any of these features or anything on the OneDrive road map apply to free OneDrive users?

Senior Member

Will we see any stability improvements with syncing?  We get at least one support call every week that can take hours to resolve with regards to sync issues to Team sites.  OneDrive sync generally isn't bad until you try to sync a Teams site or multiple Teams sites/locations..  This is one of our biggest support issues amongst multiple clients.

Senior Member

Hey There, Love the active highlights, insight look and smart upload. When we say Q1 deployment and we're in Q2 already, can we be clearer on rollout dates please? When will this go live?


@Andrew Reynolds, Conversations is available in SharePoint as well! 


@HotCakeX, nothing to announce right now about bringing the File Card or Conversations to the consumer edition of OneDrive, sorry! 

Honored Contributor

Thanks anyway :)

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