Microsoft has had a ‘little’ bit of feedback from customers (aka complaints) regarding OneDrive for Business not reaching the parts other cloud file systems reach and have decided to take action, other than the action of filing the feedback in the shredder. So they will be taking their ‘really good’ consumer sync client (Onedrive), being the ‘simple reliable robust version’, and will be using it as the basis for the OD4B sync client, calling it the ‘Next Gen Sync Client’. And to provide disgruntled users with some confidence that things are getting better, they have published their roadmap for the improvements coming.
Here is the Product Roadmap:
And here is the Security, Control, Compliance & Development one:
It looks like they want to make OD4B much better, and are throwing a lot of development into it. The big announcement, for me at least, is that in Q4, we will see the end of the file limit of 20,000 files. With the new OneDrive Client customers will also be able to sync files up to 10 GB. (Caveat alert: Windows 10 will initially ship without the Next Gen Sync Client.)
And there will be Partial Sync’ing of folders. The Next Gen Sync Client will allow for a proper picking and choosing what you want to have locally available all the time, and what will stay in the cloud:
The benefit of this will be you will be able to stop your laptop running out of space on its local hard drive when you have chosen to have lots of files synchronising to it from the cloud. Which is a good thing, at least for me and my ageing but hard to replace 256Gb SSD.
So it may be that with these enhancements OD4B will become an even more realistic competitor for Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Amazon Cloud, et al., and a lot less annoying.
If you want to see a full version of the video with these announcements, feel free to click here.