I've been lucky enough to be in Chicago for the Microsoft Ignite conference this week, and here are some points I have picked up about changes to OneDrive for Business.
Microsoft have been talking about their current storage solutions on OneDrive for Business and they have realised the enterprise storage solution isn't enough for what you need. What Microsoft are also doing is changing that.
The key steps for OneDrive for Business will be delivered in 2015 and consist of:
- Building upon the current codebase of the consumer version. The consumer version of OneDrive is far more stable than it's enterprise counterpart and that has been recognised. Microsoft will have one sync client to sync both personal and business data.
- Selective sync - probably the most sought after feature and it will be part if the new sync engine.
- Support for files of up to 10GB.
- Removal of the 20,000 item sync limit.
- No more double caching of files - currently if you sync 1GB of files you end up with 2GB of disk space been used up. This won't happen with the new sync client.
- Installation size - currently the program is around a 1GB installation file. This will be cut down to under 100mb.
- With the ability to sync personal and business accounts with one sync engine Microsoft will provide ability to block users from syncing their personal data. There will also be the ability to block unmanaged devices from syncing corporate data.
- With a new sync engine coming users will need to migrate their data. Microsoft are going to concentrate efforts on making that as pain free as possible. They have promised IT admins that they won't have to visit each workstation to reconfigure the new sync client.
- For SharePoint libraries, the new sync client won't support syncing their data, the current OneDrive for Business sync client (groove.exe) will still work and can be run side by side with the new client. This also means that all SharePoint restrictions still apply (5,000 item limit, 2GB per single file size).
It was also previously updated back in October that there are now unlimited storage options for customers on Office 365
"Today, storage limits just became a thing of the past with Office 365. Moving forward, all Office 365 customers will get unlimited OneDrive storage at no additional cost. We’ve started rolling this out today to Office 365 Home, Personal, and University customers." Microsoft Blog, 27 October 2014
To stay up to date, the Microsoft OneDrive for business news will be on the Microsoft blog. http://blog.onedrive.com/
Microsoft are also encouraging users to submit ideas, feature requests and vote on the next steps for OneDrive and other Office 365 services via the UserVoice site. http://onedrive.uservoice.com
Hopefully we can update you with more news from Chicago this week!
Read about what else we found our at Ignite here
Read more Onedrive for Business tips here