Microsoft Adds to OneDrive's Collaboration Features
New updates make it easier for colleagues to share, find and track Office content on Microsoft's cloud file storage service.Microsoft continues to blur the lines between cloud storage and Office-based collaboration with a new update to its OneDrive file sync and share service. Added features include a new option to sync shared folders to PCs and Macs. "Formerly, users accessed the content shared with them via the Shared list in OneDrive.com," explained Jason Moore, group program manager of Microsoft OneDrive, in a company blog post. "Now, with our latest update we are introducing 'Add to my OneDrive,' which lets users add shared folders to their main OneDrive folder so they sync down to the OneDrive app on their Mac or PC, and so they can be viewed and edited in the OneDrive mobile app." Syncing to PCs and Macs complements Office's new co-authoring capabilities, according to Moore. "The ability to sync shared content to your desktop gets even more powerful when working with others—the latest version of Office lets multiple people work on the documents at the same time, without forking the document (when multiple copies are created due to overlapping edits by different people)." Users also can keep track of changes to documents stored on OneDrive with two new notification options.
"On your mobile device, the OneDrive app will show real-time notifications of which document is being edited and who edited it—these notifications can also show up on your Apple Watch," said Moore. The update follows last week's bevy of wearables-themed releases from Microsoft, including Outlook and an updated Wunderlist to-do app for the smartwatch. The updated OneDrive app for Android Wear gained notifications last week.