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Microsoft offers another look at upcoming OneDrive design refresh

During its Ignite 2017 conference in September, Microsoft announced a design refresh and several improvements are coming to OneDrive. At the time, we got a peek at what Microsoft is cooking up, but the company has offered a closer look at what's coming down the pike in a new Tech Community post (opens in new tab) (via OnMSFT).

The biggest highlight of the revamp is an updated design that Microsoft says will use your screen space more efficiently thanks to a new layout. The cleaner look is rounded out by new icons, and Microsoft promises a "more cohesive theme" across apps and devices. You'll also be able to quickly preview files in a thumbnail before opening them, and Microsoft says it has done quite a bit of work to better highlight new files.

New files jump out at you. Shared files are now easier to spot, and we've made thumbnails larger and more detailed. Why? Because OneDrive and SharePoint are alive, active and ever-changing. New files come in, others change, some get shared out. We heard from you that these changes needed to be more apparent, and we combined that knowledge with research about how the human eye parses items. The human eye is attuned to recognize familiar shapes and colors instantly. To take advantage of this, we modified the look of the files and folders in the list and tile views so it's easier to find what you're looking for.

OneDrive Icons

If you find yourself needing to parse a large collection of documents and files, Microsoft is also introducing a compact list view that should really come in handy. Essentially, this view shrinks the space between file names in folder views, allowing you to see more files at a glance. You'll also be able to adjust column widths as needed.

OneDrive Compact View

Other bits include new icons that indicate trending and recently created files. Appearing next to the file names, these icons will let you quickly spot files that are popular in your organization or those that have recently been added to OneDrive.

Microsoft says that these new features and design tweaks will start rolling out across OneDrive on the web, Windows, iOS and Android "in the coming weeks."

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  • So "mobile" design is now represented by Android?
  • Or iOS... Windows mobile is in bug fixing mode now...
  • Microsoft is in collapse-management mode now.
  • That is funny, but i am not sure if it real;ly true, not yet anyway,
  • Yoouuu late. But, if the update comes to the WM app I'm gonna be like WHHHAAAATTTTT😲😲😲😲😲😲.
  • Rodney, you still hanging I there with Satya's abandoned W10M? I admire that you have the patience .I've jumped ship after 7 years; I'm now using a galaxy s8 with MS launcher. I really feel MS should make their own Android ROM; remember they invested in CyogenMod in 2015. What do you think?
  • What am I supposed to do? Jump up, and go buy a new phone, when the one I have is working fine? I'm just doing what I always do.. Getting a new device when I need one.. The media doesn't determine how I spend my money.. I'm sure if my 950 blew up tomorrow I'd be at att getting some kind of Android device. It's no big deal....
  • Understood, but did you think MS should make an Android device with a custom ROM using fluent design? Especially since Samsung had teamed with micro-serve too bring a continuum like experience to their mobile devices.
  • Personally? I think MS should make a PC under the Surface brand that could somehow fold, and fit in your pocket, runs Windows 10, LTE, text, and messaging support.. Market it heavily as an all purpose PC, with marketing centered around work, and productivity. See who bites with version 1, ramp things up with version 2, and go all out with version 3... This device should be the ultimate representation of how modern W10 is in the 21st century. MS should do this device over the next 5 years to help Windows stay relevant, and prove that Windows can be mobile. Extremely mobile. That's what I think they should do.
  • I concur, but Satya has a mind of his own. His laser focused I the cloud which isn't a bad thing, but what he's forgetting is the Google is ahead of Windows with chrome OS that could eventually take the enterprise since its already in the education sector. With his mobile abandonment he's forcing windows users to Google which will make it that much easier for them adopt goggle everywhere. Sometimes being to smart make you blind. Just my take on the issue.
  • 100% agree, My phone is 5 years old, noit updated anymore at all and I really do not want to change it, the only reason i will is because it does have problems now, like freezing, the battery is not great and usb connector is a bit iffy, so at some point i need to change it, but to be honest, I really do not want to spend money on another phone.  My tablet is aboujt the same age and does what I need, laptop is getting on for about 7 years old, but I am not going to replace it becauise it works.  this is the problem with the media, they think we must all go for the latest greatest thing.  you keep yuour phone if it does what you need.      
  • this web needs to be renamed to Android Central!
  • Ugly folder icons. Please get Rudy to do the Windows 10 app.
  • Do you need a refresh every 6 months???
  • They have to make it look like they are doing something.
  • is called adding more puckups!
  • @Sin Ogaris. The Skype team is prime example of that methodology lol. Remove basic features and give them back. "Look, we brought back the online status indicator! It's bigger than ever!" Yay! /Sarcasm. "look we brought back presence controls, because you asked us to do so!". Hurray! For feedback! /sarcasm. Honestly, they have lost the plot completely, remember the real time skype translator demo? Google beat them to the punch with their real time translation with the pixel buds. Instead focusing on trying create services like skype qik, they should have focused on getting skype translator hardware into the hands of consumers. Oh wait, they decided to ditch consumers. Bunch of clueless turnips lol. I have zero compassion and tolerance for developers who engage in a practise that removes basic features and adds them back to make it appear they are doing something worthwhile and "progressive" + to throw the wool over the eyes of people. In addition, when they have other projects that could make a massive difference in bridging the communication barrier between people with different languages for example. Because the principle barrier to understanding is the inability to communicate on a common level. Thus unable to engage in dialogue, which in turn re-affirms any forms of racial bias some may have.
  • i think i will keep my files locally stored.