Microsoft is celebrating the 15h anniversary of OneDrive with a new landing page and some productivity features. Microsoft says the new features will be available “in the coming months“.
Users will be greeted with a new home page that mimics the interface of the online version of Office. This will take the place of the My Files tab, which is often the first place OneDrive users stop.
The main page will continue to display a list of files, organized by the most recently accessed files by default. A series of filters at the top lets users sort documents by Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and so on.
What can users expect?
These changes comprise some of the most significant architectural modifications to OneDrive since its inception in 2007. The cloud-based centralized repository has become one of the essential components of the Microsoft 365 suite, despite not receiving the same level of attention and funding as Teams or other Microsoft products.
In addition to a new design, OneDrive is receiving new capabilities. The first is an ‘Activity’ column to the right of the ‘Owner’ file area that alerts users whenever anyone leaves a remark or uses the ‘@’ symbol. A new Quick access area will be added to the left side of the Home view. Users can leverage it to locate and pin regularly visited areas.
Optimization for mobile versions
The revamped home page is positioned as a primary location to assist users in staying organized. This is a trend among software vendors that expedite and improve their services, especially for hybrid employees.
There’s also a new photo story option in the mobile edition of OneDrive. This looks like another effort to incorporate Instagram-style stories into a Microsoft product, something the company experimented with briefly on LinkedIn.