OneDrive for Business to roll out new photos, sharing experiences

Arif Bacchus

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In addition to the new AI and Mixed Reality features for SharePoint, Microsoft today also announced several new capabilities for OneDrive for Business during today’s SharePoint Conference North America. New scanning and sharing experience are just some of the brand-new capabilities coming soon, and here’s what you need to know.

First of all, with the new scanning capabilities, Microsoft is planning on adding a dedicated scan icon in the OneDrive tab bar on mobile. It’s not clear if this is for businesses only, but this should make it easier to add multiple pages, annotate, right from the capture experience. Anyway, to tie in with that, Microsoft is also giving OneDrive for Business users the ability to set and require a password when you share a file or folder with other people.

Other capabilities announced today for OneDrive for Business can be seen below.

  • We are excited to announce automatic uploads for photos and videos captured to local camera roll on iOS and Android in OneDrive for Business.
  • We are adding the ability to set and require a password when you share a file or folder with other people. This will prevent others from accessing your files if your intended recipient accidentally forwards or shares the link.
  • We are adding the ability to prevent users from downloading files shared via view-only links. This enables you to share Office documents in the cloud while preventing people from keeping offline copies.
  • Known folder move – This capability will allow administrators to move known folders from their PC including Documents, Desktop, and Pictures to OneDrive. This includes support for initial account configuration as well as post-deployment migration.
  • Transfer ownership for deleted users – Currently when a user leaves an organization the ownership of their OneDrive files is transferred to her or his manager. Administrators will soon have the ability to transfer the ownership to any individual in the organization.

Office 365 Administrators are also getting new OneDrive for Business experiences, including Team site automount, the ability to see all files on their site that are shared and customization of sharing emails. Finally, there is the ability to transfer the ownership of deleted users files to any individual in the organization.

All of these features will be rolling out over the next few months, so best to keep tuned for more. You also can watch the SharePoint keynote on demand to see these features in action. And keep the feedback coming to Microsoft via the UserVoice, where you can comment and upvote on new features and more.