OneDrive set to roll out mobile capture, note sharing improvements in November

OneDrive on Android
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OneDrive is set to pick up a few new features in November, mostly with a focus on its Android and iOS apps. In a post on the OneDrive for Business blog today, Microsoft revealed additions and improvements coming to mobile capture, sharing, and even tweaks to the web interface this month.

First up is mobile capture, which will now let you add custom metadata to anything you scan. Once you've scanned in an image of a document, whiteboard, or anything else you want to capture, you can populate metadata fields that will then be added to your library.

November will also see OneDrive embracing the Microsoft Graph for a little AI magic. Now, when you take a scan of meeting notes, OneDrive on Android and iOS will ask you if you want to share the scan with other invitees at the meeting. That's in addition to further improvements to sharing in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, each of which will now use a common sharing experience across Android and iOS.

Outside of the mobile apps, OneDrive on the web is getting some tweaks to its "Recent" view. The goal, Microsoft says, is to make the experience "simpler, faster, and more satisfying to use." That includes changes to make Recent work better with Office files.

A new "Manage Access" experience is coming to OneDrive users, allowing them to access more granular controls for who can access files and folders they've shared. "The new Manage Access makes it easier for users to add and remove individual users on links that work for Specific People as well as making it more clear what users are using what links," Microsoft says.

Finally, OneDrive will be dropping support for Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10 and Mac OS El Capitan 10.11 as of February 1, 2019. The sync clients will continue to run on the unsupported versions, but they'll no longer update. Additionally, new installations on Yosemite and El Capitan will be blocked after the February 1 deadline.

Each of these new features will be rolling out across OneDrive throughout November.

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