Microsoft’s Office apps will soon let you auto-save files from OneDrive and SharePoint

Microsoft is bringing a major new feature to its Office apps for Windows PCs. The company today rolled out a major update to users part of the Office Insider program, allowing them to try out the feature before everyone else. The update essentially introduces a more powerful auto-saving feature on the core Office apps (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). With the new AutoSave feature, you can now automatically save files that are stored online.

For instance, if you are editing a document on Word from your OneDrive account, you can now set up Word to automatically save the file as you edit it. Microsoft has added a neat little toggle on the titlebar for Word where you can easily enable or disable the AutoSave feature for online files. The feature isn’t only available for OneDrive users — if you use SharePoint Online or even OneDrive for Business, you will be able to use the AutoSave feature, too.

Auto-saving is a crucial new feature in the Office apps as it’s really going to improve real-time collaboration on these apps. When other people are editing an online file at the same time as you, you can let them see your latest changes with AutoSave enabled rather than needing to manually save the file every few minutes.

The new AutoSave feature is currently rolling out to Office Insiders in the Fast Ring, and Microsoft will be rolling it out to the public at a later date. As per usual, we’ll let you know when that happens — but if you want to get your hands-on the new AutoSave right now, you can become an Office Insider here.