Microsoft's OneDrive Cloud Storage Gets Made Over for the Web
After releasing redesigned OneDrive apps for Android, iOS and Windows, Microsoft turns its attention to the Web application.Microsoft is closing the gap between the OneDrive mobile and Web app experiences. Users logging into their OneDrive.com accounts using their browsers this week will notice an enhanced user interface and new functionality, announced Tyler Rasmussen, principal design manager for Microsoft OneDrive. The company's cloud file storage, sharing and syncing platform now features a new, more responsive layout. "In order to achieve a truly cohesive web experience across the breadth of devices people use to access OneDrive, we had to start from scratch," which involved rethinking the product's visual grid, color palette and typography, Rasmussen said in a statement. OneDrive's Web application now conforms to a "4px grid" layout, a change that provides the flexibility, visual density and stability his team was seeking. "Every component was reworked to snap to the new visual and responsive grids: Panels, dialogs, file list, left navigation, commanding, and even buttons," said Rasmussen. New hues await OneDrive users, but they don't stray far from the distinctive blue used by the company in its branding.
"Our brand color is a well-established #234fa2," said Rasmussen, referencing OneDrive's telltale hex color value. Using it as a basis, "we started there and worked up a full set of complimentary tonal grays with a few accents. We did a deep accessibility pass, made a few adjustments, and arrived at the color palette you see in the product today," he continued.