Microsoft reintroduces placeholders in OneDrive Windows Redstone

Dec

19

2015

Microsoft’s placeholders, documents that are visible in OneDrive but not sync until they are opened, re-introduce in the next major update to Windows 10 in 2016. This is reported by sources from Microsoft insider Paul Thurrott.

Microsoft insider Thurrott published the news on its own website. The reintroduction of placeholders would be part of Windows Redstone, which is the code name for the next major update to Microsoft’s operating system. The function was in Windows 8.1, but turned out not to be taken 10. The placeholders are small shortcut-like files that point to a file in the cloud of OneDrive. At the time users click the placeholder files, the file in question will not be downloaded for use. The functionality could save users a lot of disk space, but led to confusion among users who do not realize that their OneDrive files may not be accessible without an Internet connection.

OneDrive Microsoft makes this confusion among some users was too much to maintain the function. Now, users can synchronize only selective, which means that unsynchronized OneDrive files also are not visible in Explorer. When competitors like Google Drive and Dropbox is now true. The function should now therefore come first next major update to Windows 10, Redstone, which is scheduled for next June. Possibly Microsoft adjusts the implementation of the function in order to avoid repetition of the previously mentioned confusion.

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