Microsoft Announces New OneDrive For Business Sync Client

Microsoft today announced the preview of new OneDrive for Business sync client for organizations with improvements on sync reliability, user experience and IT control.

  • Improving sync reliability: This new client is based on the well-proven sync client from our OneDrive consumer service. It now works for both OneDrive for Business and OneDrive consumer protocols. Also, the new sync client provides clearer, simpler messages and guidance if the odd sync anomaly arises.
  • Enriching the user experience: New users can simply download and install the client to their PC or Mac. If you already sync your personal files, then all you have to do is add a OneDrive for Business account via Settings. Selective sync is a key feature in the new client, allowing you to choose which folders to sync to your device.

  • Better IT Support: The new client offers IT administrators silent deployment options using a much smaller installation package (~10 MB), easing network constraints and speeding installation. Additionally, IT administrators are able to block sync for the OneDrive consumer service as well as set the default sync folder location, which can be set to local or removable media. When Microsoft release this broadly they will remove the 20,000-file sync limit for OneDrive for Business and increase the individual file size limit from 2 GB to 10 GB.

Go to waitlist website where you can reserve a place for your organization. The new client preview is available for both Mac (OS X 10.9 and later) and PC (Windows 7, 8 and 10, with support for Windows 8.1 being added in Q1 2016).

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