From the beginning OneDrive (formerly known as SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro) has always strived to provide businesses with the performance and services that they need from a cloud service solution. OneDrive for Business allows users to create, edit, store and share files within their OneDrive and Microsoft SharePoint libraries.
Unfortunately, the OneDrive for Business client was prone to sync issues when used by medium to large scale businesses.
The underlying cause of these issues was the integration of OneDrive library and SharePoint library syncing. Microsoft has been working to fix the issues and has now segregated the two services and introduced the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client. Microsoft SharePoint libraries will continue to use the original OneDrive for Business application and sync client solely while OneDrive libraries will be serviced by the new sync client.
The new OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client improvements include:
- Reduction of syncing issues
- Increased support for Windows 10
- Integration with the new Microsoft Office 2016 such as having your files appear in your File Explorer window and sharing files within the Office app
- Real-time co-authoring of documents
- The ability to pause syncing, in the event users may want to conserve internet bandwidth or increase computer performance.
- Seamless integration with viewing files online ( you can now right click files within Windows Explorer and select “view online” to open in your browser)
- The ability to block certain file types such as video files that eat up bandwidth or executables which can be malicious
OneDrive should perform better for you with less sync issues, less instances of needing to perform a OneDrive repair, less downtime, more collaboration through co-authoring and greater security potential via file filtering.
Microsoft plans to eventually roll out support for SharePoint libraries and that new client should better track file version changes and file concurrency (multiple users accessing the same file, at the same time) and hopefully the sync problems for SharePoint libraries will also soon be a thing of the past.
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