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OneDrive Roadmap for 2015 released by Microsoft
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OneDrive Roadmap for 2015 released by Microsoft

by AshwinMay 6, 2015

Earlier today, we reported about the new browser Microsoft Edge’s Roadmap.

Microsoft-OneDrive-RoadMap
And now we have one for the Redmond company’s cloud storage service, OneDrive.

In fact, it is more than just Cloud Storage, as it offers integration with key services like Outlook,  and Office 2016.

The OneDrive Roadmap for 2015 (pictured above), was posted by Richard Hay, on social networking website, Twitter, from Ignite 2015. It reveals that Microsoft is bringing in several new features every quarter of 2015.

In Q2 2015 (April-June), OneDrive is scheduled to deliver a new mobile PDF experience for iOS and Android devices, and also the ability to send links from the Outlook Mobile App. It is also expected to bring Save to Onedrive feature for Outlook for Business.

The third quarter (July-September) will see Preview versions of next-gen sync clients for OneDrive on PC and Mac. It is also bringing a Universal UX (Interface) for the cloud storage service. It is possible that Microsoft’s next-gen clients will be completely different from the current OneDrive app, and will look more like Microsoft Edge or Outlook.com

OneDrive for Android and iOS will gain the ability to open files offline, however it is only scheduled for Read-Only mode, and thus will not support editing of files without a network connection.

The service will also allow give the user more control over shared content, with Stop and Revoke permissions. It will also get company-shareable links, which will probably allow employees and teams in an organisation to share files quickly with their colleagues.

By the final quarter of 2015, Microsoft will release the next gen sync clients for PC and Mac to the general public, along with a Windows 10 Universal App across devices:PCs,Phones,Tablets,etc with support for read-only offline files.

That is not all, as the Redmond Company plans to introduce more features to OneDrive, but hasn’t set a definite timeline. So we could see them anytime.

This includes the support for offline editing of files in Mobiles. It will even support offline folders, i.e creation/deletion of folders. iOS and Android versions of the OneDrive app will gain the ability for Mobile PDF annotation. Outlook will also get modern attachments, probably similar to the one mentioned in the Office 2016 Preview. Files uploaded as attachments will be automatically saved in OneDrive, and can be accessed quickly from the cloud.

While most of the features seems to target the mobile apps at first glance, it isn’t necessarily so. Actually, what the mobile apps gain, aren’t exclusive features, they will just get what has been available for desktop and web versions for a long time. So it is evident that Microsoft is keen to deliver not just a Universal UI, but a Universal experience for OneDrive across all devices and platforms.

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