Microsoft recently removed placeholders from OneDrive. With placeholders, users are able to view and manage their OneDrive files regardless of their connectivity – that means, if you are connected to the internet, you will still be able to view that file:
Placeholder files enable users to view and manage Microsoft OneDrive files regardless of connectivity. Placeholder files represent the OneDrive namespace, even when files are not cached locally. They contain file metadata and thumbnail images of photos.
Apparently, a lot of users didn’t understand the feature, which is why Microsoft removed placeholders from OneDrive. Well, it’s coming back with Windows 10 Redstone. Microsoft is reportedly planning to bring back Placeholders for OneDrive with Redstone, which is expected to arrive in June 2016. Of course, plans might change – so take this with a grain of salt. For those wondering, it isn’t yet clear if Placeholders for OneDrive on Redstone will be an optional feature or not, but we should hear more about it in 2016.
Nonetheless, are you excited about Placeholders coming back? Let us know in the comment section below.