OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage service, underwent a significant aesthetic and functional overhaul in October 2023. This refreshed experience has been gradually rolled out to OneDrive for business users and is now beginning to reach users with personal accounts.
The revamped OneDrive experience will be accessible to all users by the end of February. Below, we outline the changes in detail.
A cleaner, more consistent design for OneDrive
OneDrive now features an enhanced design aimed at reducing clutter and distractions while providing a seamless and consistent experience. The updated design aligns with the visual identity of Microsoft 365, enabling users to focus on what matters most: their files.
The new OneDrive people view
The new “People” view enables you to see all the files you’ve shared with specific individuals, making it simpler to retrieve files based on the people associated with them. This eliminates the need to remember the file’s name or where it was shared. You can simply select the person you collaborated with, and you’ll see all the files you’ve shared with them.
Filtering by file type to find what you need
With the introduction of new file filters, you can effortlessly locate the file you need with just one click. These filters allow you to sort files by type, including documents, images, videos, and more. Furthermore, after filtering your view by a specific file type, you can further refine your search within that view to pinpoint the exact file you’re looking for in OneDrive.
An add new button
The “add new” button remains in all views and allows you to create new files and upload existing files and folders. You can create Office files, lists, forms, etc. You can also upload files from your device or from other cloud storage services.
An improved context menu
In the new OneDrive experience, you can access all the commands for a file or folder by clicking the three-dot menu. From there, you can perform various actions such as opening, downloading, sharing, moving, copying, deleting, renaming, and more. Additionally, you have access to advanced options like previous versions, activity history, password protection, and others.
Microsoft has started rolling out this updated OneDrive experience, and it will be available to all customers by the end of February.