It’s hard to believe, but the online file storage service OneDrive from Microsoft is already 15 years old. The company decided to celebrate this date with the announcement of a new design and additional functions.
In the coming months, users will get access to a new landing page called OneDrive Home, which should make it easier to access recent files and documents. Instead of going to the My Files tab when a user first opens OneDrive, they’ll be on a new home page that resembles the dashboard in the online version of Office.
Like the Office web apps, OneDrive Home contains a list of your files, organized by the date they were last accessed. Above the list are filters that allow you to sort documents by Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF file types.
There’s also a new Activity column to the right of the file’s Owner field, which lets you know when someone leaves a comment, mentions another user, or assigns you a task in a shared document. On the left side of the OneDrive Home view, Microsoft is adding a new Quick Access section where (as in Windows) you can find and pin the folders you need most.
While these innovations are not in effect, Microsoft says that OneDrive Home will be available in the “coming months.”
In addition to the upcoming update to the web version of OneDrive, Microsoft is also rolling out the photo stories feature for the OneDrive mobile app (similar to Instagram stories) for users in Australia. This feature will be available to users in the US and other regions by the end of this year.