Microsoft celebrates 15 years of OneDrive with new design and new features

Microsoft is marking OneDrive’s 15th anniversary with a new landing page called OneDrive Home, and it’ll make it easier to keep track of your work. Instead of accessing the My Files tab when you first open OneDrive, you’ll find yourself on a new home page that resembles that dashboard in the online version of Office.

Like the Office web app, OneDrive Home contains a list of your files, organized by how you’ve accessed them recently. Above the list are filters that let you sort your documents by Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF file types.

The new changes are easy to understand once you see them.
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There’s also a new “Activity” column to the right of the “Owner” file field that tells you when to leave a comment, @ mention another user, or assign you a task within a shared document. To the left of the Home view, Microsoft is adding a new Quick Access section where (just like in Windows) you can find and pin your most accessed spaces.

Unfortunately, these changes aren’t live yet — Microsoft says OneDrive Home will be available “in the coming months.” However it looks like, the new home page can serve as a central hub that will help you stay organized while collaborating remotely.

In addition to its OneDrive web app, Microsoft is also introducing its Photo Story feature to the OneDrive mobile app (essentially OneDrive’s equivalent of Instagram Stories) for users in Australia. The feature isn’t reaching users in the US or other regions until the end of this year.

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