OneDrive soon supports files and directories “On-Demand”

With the officially announced “Creators Autumn Update” for Windows 10, Microsoft Cloud’s OneDrive data store will also contain a massive update. The function expectation, which is expected by many users, extends the data memory of the Redmonder by the ability to access any files “on demand”. Say: you do not have to download the files any more and thus possibly. Permanently storage space on his device. Instead, the data stored on OneDrive can be edited as if they were permanently present locally.

In combination with the two computer centers operated by Microsoft in Germany, various scenarios are emerging for business customers. Theoretically, companies would be able to outsource their entire directory and file structure to the specially secured cloud, the data would no longer have to be stored locally. This would, on the one hand, necessarily require an ever-present Internet connection, but on the other hand would make accessing the data for third parties extremely difficult. A lost or hacked smartphone would be de facto useless for the finder or hacker because it does not contain any files.

With the Collaboration Tool “Teams”, Microsoft integrates the shared cloud into every conceivable office application.

The new feature is designed to make the difference between local and cloud stored files largely negligible. This allows the app with which the respective file is to be opened before the actual “on demand” process. So far, you had to synchronize files manually or automatically with your own device to actually access them.

For easy distinction, OneDrive and the underlying file explorer are expanded by icons that show the respective status. This allows the user to see at a glance whether the file is stored in the cloud or on the local hard disk or SSD. If one can already foresee that one is dependent on certain data or directories even if there is no adequate Internet connection, then one can define a permanent match. With the easy-to-use “Always keep on this device” function, OneDrive always synchronizes the latest version.

The innovation has an enormous impact on teams and the network infrastructure used. Previously, a file that was modified by a single team member had to be downloaded and synchronized on countless computers from other team members. Now, this process only takes place with those who have a permanent offline availability – all the others get the latest version “on demand”, upon request. This reduces the bandwidth required for such marginal operations in the network.

A further special feature is that Microsoft will also offer this feature across platforms and will support both Android and iOS. In a first step, Android and, later, iOS will support so-called offline directories, which can also be accessed without an existing Internet connection. If you edit files in these directories, they will be synchronized with the cloud in the case of a later re-established Internet connection.

An improved integration of OneDrive in Apple’s Messenger iMessage completes the configuration. Within iMessage, you can send individual files or entire directories from today, without having to leave the app.



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