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 (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.
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.
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."
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.
Microsoft's cloud will power CES 2021
CES is going all-digital next year, and it's tapping Microsoft to power the experience. Microsoft and CTA announced today that Microsoft services like Teams, Azure, and Power Platform will all be used to put together next year's show.
Xbox Smart Delivery Games List
The full list of Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S titles committed to Smart Delivery support, and other free visual upgrade offers headed into next-generation consoles.
Xbox game store pages are still a nightmare for non-English speaking users
Microsoft's push for global gaming is still set back by this basic feature disparity.
Make the most of your Surface Pen and Slim Pen with these awesome apps
To really maximize the ability of the Surface Pen and Slim Pen, there are some essential apps you should check out. We've rounded up the best right here for a variety of purposes.