No doubt you’ve heard that Windows 10 will feature deeper OneDrive integration. Microsoft pushed its cloud drive onto it users back in Windows 8 and with each successive build of the Windows 10 technical preview, we see how more features are going to look and behave in the final version. OneDrive has some new settings in place, you still can’t turn the thing off completely, and it’s gone the Dropbox way of syncing files after listening to feedback from users who weren’t all too happy with how the desktop app worked in Windows 8. Here’s a quick look at OneDrive for Windows 10.
The app runs in the System Tray and a green progress indicator just below the app’s icon shows when it is syncing files or connecting your account. Right-click to access the app’s settings and manage storage. The storage management options will open OneDrive’s settings page in your browser. If you want to manage storage on your laptop or tablet, go to PC Settings>OneDrive>FileStorage.
Click the icon to see when it was last updated, to view sync progress, and to open your OneDrive Folder.
You can select which folders to sync with OneDrive and this is a pretty huge change because OneDrive has changed the way it syncs files. Previously, it kept only a thumbnail on your local drive and when you tried to access it, OneDrive would then fetch the actual file for you. Now, all files synced with OneDrive will be available at all times, just like with Dropbox. This can also mean you end up syncing a lot of files to your drive so select what you sync from Settings>Choose Folders. Only synced folders will appear in your OneDrive in the File Explorer (not something a lot of people are happy about at present).
OneDrive will integrate with Office apps as well giving you the option to sync your documents, spreadsheets, and presentations from within the apps. The app’s settings are more or less unchanged and as you can guess, you can’t unlink the device because you’re signed in with your Microsoft account.
The big change of course is how files are going to sync now; instead of the ‘placeholder’ files, you’re files will always be available.