Poll – Do you like the new OneDrive design for Windows Phone?
Late last night, a rather significant update went out for the OneDrive app for Windows Phone. With the app refresh came some highly requested features like support for OneDrive for Business. However, there was also a rather large UI change too, stirring some controversy amongst loyal Windows Phone fans.
Changes in app design are always a mixed bag. UI design is an art and like art, there are champions and critics for choices and layout. Some are rational others are pragmatic, and many are just subjective opinions.
Perhaps the most controversial design choice is the addition of the so-called 'hamburger button', something that even Windows Central uses on the website. These triple-line buttons are more common these days across UI design to designate menus, although they are relatively new to Windows Phone.
Putting aside ideological adherence to undefined 'Metro' principals, what do you think of the new design? Do you find it easier to access different parts of OneDrive and does the app make sense when you first look at it? Alternatively, does the new design stir confusion and revulsion at the idea that OneDrive is looking similar to Android and iOS?
Take the poll below and let us know your thoughts in comments! If you are on mobile, simply head to m.windowscentral.com to take the poll through your web browser.
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.
I don't mind the concept of the hamburger button at all, but I do think the placement here is poor, tough for users of large screen phones to reach with one thumb!
So should we expect more Windows phone apps to look this way? I'm going to keep posing this question because no one has given me a good answer. If more apps start looking like this why stay on windows phone? This look is so similar to Android, what's the difference? Are we still banking on seamless integration between PC and mobile devices? So that's why we should stay? I'm here for the design. Change it, alter it, evolve it; don't slap a hamburger menu and an ugly search icon on top with two different colored ugly bars....
All of Microsoft's services currently work better on the other platforms too. I will give them the nod to performance, they improved that dramatically.
I'm one of these against the hamburger menu but I don't have a business either, it makes sense in the app the way you say.
I think this design is a "prelude" to windows 10 for phones.
Which I might next year (maybe)
If MS changes my mind
Been a long time WP fan
Hell WP(7) was my first smartphone
Overall it's easier to use!
In-app metro UI can die off completely as far as I care, as long as it's replaced with a more functional UI.
Microsoft's metro/modern UI is flawed, main thing is the ridiculously large segoe text that doesn't even fit on the screen.
While the addition of business account is nice, the UI is not as nice as expected
Functionality, this app is better than the old one so only the UI is something need fix here.
Don't like to put my data info other houses(servers)..
And then we have three dots on the bottom. What do they mean...? There's a menu there!
Try explaining this to someone non -technical.
Weren't we laughing at the stupid design of IOS and Android apps, that had important buttons in top. We smiled and told them how clever Windows Phone is because everything is within reach of your thumb.... Apparently even that advantage is gone now... Tell me again... Why should people choose Windows Phone over other phones? They all look the same in the apps. What's next? Removal of the live tiles? :-(
I expect many of the people giving positive votes are doing so because, overall, it's a better app. But with a consistent, cleaner UI, it would be even better.
Creating a small improvement does not excuse missing out on the big improvement it could, and should have been.
Change for only purpose of change is a waste of effort (money = paid hours) and I disagree about change (implying always) being good. Not true.
More importantly however, I'd like to see functionality updates. For example, an app password or pin in addition to account credentials for an extra level of protection on mobile devices. Plus integration with Office Mobile (add new Word doc, OneNote notebook, etc), and with local storage (merging the Microsoft Files app).
Overall nice job Microsoft! Keep the updates coming!
I never liked this hamburger menus on the left side, I remember when they came to google apps (play store...) and I didn't like it. I actually forget that menu is there sometimes. Anyhow, unless this is new WP guideline (they didn't announce anything, did they?), it looks more like it followed android guides instead of WP.