New Capabilities for OneDrive Announced Today at SharePoint Conference North America
Published May 21 2018 09:34 AM 99.7K Views


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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • 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

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