Windows 10 is meant to change the way we do things. As integration is key to Microsoft’s plan for world domination and the way you use a PC, so too is OneDrive. OneDrive can be accessed on your PC, your phone, and even the Xbox One, allowing you full access to just about anything you need anytime you want.
Let’s look at some of the key changes in OneDrive in Windows 10 and what this means for PC users looking towards the cloud as the future of computing.
One Drive in the Windows 10 Technical Preview
While OneDrive will undergo some major backend changes to make integration work quicker, faster and smarter. As Microsoft is still catching up in many ways to its competitors, most notably Google Drive, they’re looking to enrich the way cloud storage works for users throughout Microsoft’s various platforms.
The OneDrive you use every day now is what you’ll see in Windows 10, with several core and functionality changes that will improve overall performance. Microsoft’s real goal here is to integrate OneDrive in such a way that you use it everywhere, not just on your PC.
Before you ask, you still can’t disable/turn off OneDrive natively, you have to use workarounds to do it. It seems Microsoft will never add this feature, so don’t be surprised by that when Windows 10 is finally released.
One of the biggest issues with OneDrive users griped about in Windows 8 is the way it syncs and makes available files. OneDrive, in the latest build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview, starts working more like other cloud services, like Dropbox and Google Drive.
You can access OneDrive from your system tray like you can now in Windows 8 and 8.1. When files and folders are in the process of sync, you’ll see the system tray app go green beneath it.
You’ll have right-click functionality and access OneDrive’s settings from the Web as opposed to PC Settings. You can also access settings from the PC Settings area of Windows 10, should you want to.
Now, you are given the options to select what folders sync where. You never had this feature before, and it was one of the many reasons Windows users utilized cloud storage elsewhere. Being able to control what you sync to your PC as opposed to letting OneDrive download files when you need them changes how OneDrive works and now puts it on the same level as its competitors in the cloud.
Getting rid of the placeholder cloud system OneDrive has used for the last three years was a key functionality change both users and Microsoft wanted to see. Now that you have full control over what’s synced, how it syncs, and what you have access to on a daily basis, there’s no reason to ignore OneDrive integration in Windows.
OneDrive always was looked down upon, especially by Windows users. This shouldn’t be the case any longer going into Windows 10. The main functionality changes in how you handle files and folders are what now puts OneDrive on equal footing with other popular cloud services.
If you’ve been ignoring OneDrive and using something else, like so many of us, we encourage you to reconsider OneDrive when Windows 10 hits the market. Time will tell if Microsoft invests more in OneDrive’s final version before Windows 10 is released, and chances are, they definitely will.