Microsoft has announced a major update to its cloud storage service, OneDrive, that brings a new design and improved consumer features. The new design, previously available only for business users, is now rolling out to all OneDrive users across the web, mobile, and desktop platforms.
The new OneDrive design aims to make it easier and faster for users to access and manage their files, photos, and videos in the cloud. Some of the key changes include:
- A simplified navigation bar that lets users switch between files, recent, shared, and recycle bin views with one click.
- A new command bar that shows contextual actions based on the selected items, such as share, download, delete, and more.
- A revamped details pane that shows more information about the selected items, such as file size, date modified, sharing status, and activity history.
- A new photo view that automatically organizes photos by date and location, and lets users create albums, slideshows and edit photos with built-in tools.
- A new video player that supports streaming and downloading of high-quality videos, and lets users trim, rotate, and add captions to videos with built-in tools.
- A new personal vault feature lets users store their most sensitive files in a secure folder requiring an extra layer of authentication to access.
Microsoft says that the new OneDrive design will enhance the user experience and productivity of its cloud storage service, which currently has over 250 million active users. The update will also bring OneDrive in line with the Fluent Design System, Microsoft’s design language for its products and services.
The new OneDrive design is rolling out gradually to all users over the next few weeks. Users can check for updates in their OneDrive settings or visit the OneDrive website to try out the new design.