Microsoft Ignite 2016 Session: Explore OneDrive for Business, Key Features and Roadmap
Speakers: Reuben Krippner (Director Product Management) & Omar Shahine (Partner Group Program Manager)
Reuben Krippnew and Omar Shahine opened their talk by sharing some impressive growth trends in OneDrive for Business. Today, 10 billion new files are added each month with over 150 million mobile app downloads. Boasting true mobile productivity and 99.999% rock solid sync reliability, its no wonder why leading organizations are raving about OneDrive true cloud storage. Here are the main take-aways from the session.
Other Key Features and Roadmap Plans for OneDrive
Rock-solid Sync—OneDrive is the only solution in the market for sync'ing personal and team work files via SharePoint and O365 Groups. Additionally, there are now richer options for selective sync, multi-account connectivity and pause/resume options.
True MS Office Integration—The new interface offers easy access to all of your most recent documents, both created by and shared with you. You can now share documents within the OneDrive mobile app in addition to co-authoring all document types from any device. Rich activity history ensures proper tracking of changes made to your documents.
Mobile Productivity—With the new native mobile apps, you can seamlessly work anywhere, at anytime and from any devices. You can now see rich previews of all file types. This includes images, adobe product file types and video with dynamic streaming. For adobe files, you don't even need to own the program to view the file...hooray!
Better Search—Leveraging Delve and Office Graph, powerful search capabilities enable better discovery, analytics and insights. Search in OneDrive now includes files created by you, files shared with you, and files on premise if you have a hybrid deployment.
Sharing is Caring—Share files directly with co-workers or via links which you can set expiration datea for. "View only" is also now available if you do not want the viewer to have editing capabilities. Links can be shared publicly meaning that those who view and edit the file do not need to be in your Office 365 tenant.
Admin Rights—Improved security control has been added for administrators. Admins can set storage quotas for specific users, allow external sharing, set default behaviors to control what users do from OneDrive, and automatically log a user out from all sessions when necessary.
Modern Development Framework—Just to name a few: REST-based API's, integration with MS Graph, simple API's for accessing files in OneDrive and SharePoint, extensibility and webhooks and SDK's in major languages.
What's coming in OneDrive? According to Krippner and Shahine, in Q4 we can expect to be able to share folders using guest and anonymous links. Shared folders will also be able to be taken offline, in the same way our own files and folders offline. Another exciting update to come will be the ability to sync SharePoint document libraries, including Office 365 groups.