OneDrive for Business Roadmap: 2018 and Beyond
I’ve met more than a few (disillusioned) CIOs and IT managers who imagine a world where desktops are no longer required for their users. “Imagine the savings on Office licenses!” ...said no one, ever.
In reality, we’re a far cry from letting go that of which is dear and near to our hearts: the desktop. I consider myself a power user, and if I can’t access what I need, when I need it, well… let’s just leave it at that. I’m also not at the point yet where I can create complex Excel spreadsheets or beautiful PowerPoint presentations on my phone. (I mean, can anyone?)
Before you ask what’s so exciting about the OneDrive for Business roadmap for 2018 and beyond, let me retort: OneDrive and OneDrive for Business are indispensable tools I simply cannot live without. I have them installed and synced across multiple devices, which not only gives me access to information whenever and wherever, but gives me the peace of mind that my important documents are in the cloud.
Essentially, OneDrive for Business is the crutch I lean on for more than a few mission critical items, so when it comes to making it better and more efficient, I’m all for it!
Moving Forward with OneDrive for Business
OneDrive has come a long way in the last several years, and I’m really looking forward to the new and improved working experience. What new experience, you ask? The Office 365 roadmap has proven that 2018 will be full of exciting updates for OneDrive.
So, fasten your seatbelts! The OneDrive for Business roadmap for 2018 and beyond is impressive.
There is 1 fully released update that is now generally available for applicable customers:
OneDrive for Business folder sharing links
We can anticipate 12 new updates that are beginning to roll out but are not yet available to all applicable customers:
OneDrive for Business filename support improvements
Simplified sharing from OneDrive for Business to the web
Increased file path limit
New sharing controls from Windows Explorer
New sharing controls from Mac Finder
RMS / IRM sync
OneDrive mobile on-prem app
Zip file support
Improved Office File experience
Fluent UI updates for web
Flow for OneDrive
Collab activity for files and folders on mobile
There are 17 total updates that are currently in development and testing:
OneDrive integration with Microsoft Flow
Updates to "Shared with me" view
Multi-page scan from mobile
Offline folders in OneDrive Mobile App (iOS)
Updates to admin control for internal and external sharing
OneDrive: “Per Group” sharing controls
File activity views on mobile and web
Updates to the home dashboard on the admin center
Photo intelligence (Auto-tagging / OCR) and metadata
New sharing experience for Office desktop apps
Share by Me view
Simplified external sharing (no MSA)
Mobile client updates
Improved search and auto detection of image types
Multi-geo private preview
Intelligent discovery for Windows Phone
There are 0 previously planned updates that are no longer being developed or are indefinitely delayed.
Here are the 13 generally available updates for all:
Mobile access to SharePoint 2013 and 2016 files
OneDrive for Business network bandwidth throttling controls for Sync
OneDrive file activity for mobile apps
Mobile scanning for OneDrive for Business
Enhanced OneDrive for Business user management in the Office 365 admin center
Dedicated OneDrive for Business admin console
Copy files directly to SharePoint from OneDrive
Mobile access to SharePoint Online for Windows Phone
Mobile access to SharePoint Online for Android
OneDrive for Business SharePoint Online document library sync
OneDrive for Business shared folder sync
Offline folders in OneDrive mobile app (Android)
Designer: Charts support
Which features will be available by December 2017?
The most requested feature in UserVoice was “Files On-Demand.” This allows us to see all of our files without the need to download them.
IRM/DRM library sync
A single sync client will be used for all cloud files in OneDrive and SharePoint.
Now, organizations that function across multiple geographic regions and countries can make decisions down to the user level. This applies to where the data is stored, as well as unique sharing and data loss prevention policies based on location.
Service-level encryption with customer key
Your own customer key gives you control over the encryption during transit and at-rest. Owning the master key also lets you decide when and how it’s available.
Auto account configuration with ADAL
Automatically sign users in and set up their OneDrive.
Greater transparency with regards to sharing status and permissions
Allow users to easily see whether a folder has been shared and with whom.
FastTrack self-service migration toolkit
This toolkit is now available to everyone to plan and execute their own migration to the cloud.
Support for on-premises with OneDrive Windows and Android app
Consistency when browsing your cloud and on-premises content.
Simplified editing and viewing experience
Improvements to the experience when opening and working on documents in web clients.
OCR (optical character recognition) on every photo uploaded to the cloud, which allows for extracted metadata.
Sharing desktop notifications
Simplified experience for the recipient of shared documents.
Consistent sharing experience across web & office
Share directly from Office apps, without the need to switch between apps.
Zip file support
Drill into zip folders and decide which files you would like to download.
Office for Mac sync client
The Office package for Mac now includes a new sync client.
Personally, I’m most excited about Files On-Demand. Remember when I said that OneDrive is installed and synced across my devices? Well, Files On-Demand now allows me to be selective about the files that are downloaded, while still maintaining visibility across all of my files.
Over 100 features and functionalities were added in the last year alone, and 43 of those were from input on UserVoice. Be part of the improvements you would like to see in 2018, and see how that affects the OneDrive for Business Roadmap next year!
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Tracy is a Microsoft MVP and an energetic, hyperactive adrenaline junkie who sees challenges and issues as opportunities and thrives on improving processes, environments and the general quality of life. Her broad knowledge about IT and Business gives her the ability to communicate on both levels and convey meaningful requirements and narrow the (ever present) gap between the two.