OneDrive gets new web interface design

Microsoft updates the OneDrive web experience with a new Home page, improved navigation, organization, and file sharing changes.

OneDrive new UI 2023
OneDrive new UI 2023 / Image: Microsoft
  • Microsoft begins the rollout of the new OneDrive web interface.
  • These changes include a new “Home” page, improved navigation, organization, and file sharing.
  • The new interface is gradually rolling out to users, but it may take until the end of February to reach everyone.

Microsoft is now gradually rolling out the revamped design interface for OneDrive on the web, making navigating and organizing files and folders easier and offering more options to improve customization. The new experience resembles the existing interface for consumers but with some additional changes.

It’s important to note that in October 2023, the company announced the new version of OneDrive for Microsoft 365 members, but now, the new design is rolling out to everyone.

OneDrive web interface redesign

On the new “Home” page, the “For you” section uses AI to recommend and prioritize timely and relevant files. Also, a new context-based organization on the left navigation allows you to browse files using views, including recent, favorites, shared, people, and meetings.

OneDrive new home
OneDrive new home / Image: Microsoft

Furthermore, the experience includes a new “Activity” inline view that lets you track comments that may require your attention. Perhaps the most interesting view is “Shared” since it lets you quickly find all the files shared by anyone in one location.

OneDrive Shared view
OneDrive Shared view / Image: Microsoft

The “People” view organizes the files based on the people you are collaborating with. According to the company, sometimes users remember the people they are working with more than the file name, and this new view should make it easier to find files based on the people collaborating on the project. You can also pin people at the top of the view and review activities without opening the file.

OneDrive People view
OneDrive People view / Image: Microsoft

The “Meetings” view aims to organize content based on what has been shared during meetings, including chats, notes, and loops. If you are invited to an upcoming meeting, you will even have access to the files before the meeting.

OneDrive Meetings view
OneDrive Meetings view / Image: Microsoft

If you want to mark some files as favorites, you can now do that with the “start-tap” option. Your favorite files will appear in the “Favorites” view.

In addition, the search for OneDrive has also been updated to surface files more accurately using keywords, file types, and more, and the service will even suggest files and folders based on the search history. Even further, the “Home” page now includes filters to quickly sort Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF files.

Another change that users will find in this design update is the ability to change the color of folders, which provides a visual queue to help identify the contents of folders more quickly.

OneDrive folder colors
OneDrive folder colors / Image: Microsoft

The company is also improving the file-sharing experience within OneDrive across the Microsoft 365 platform. As part of the overhaul update, Microsoft is updating the sharing dialog to make it more useful while removing the clutter. Additionally, you can now add File Shortcuts links to make sharing files much easier.

These new features and changes will also become available for the Files app on Microsoft Teams since when accessing files with the collaboration service, you are technically accessing OneDrive.

Finally, OneDrive will expand the ability to open files on the web or with a desktop application. In the past, you could open Office files on the web or desktop, but the option was not available for every file type. In this update, the company is adding an “Open in App” option from the context menu to open other types of files (such as “.mp4,” “.jpeg,” and “.pdf”) on the web or the desktop with the default application.

Microsoft is rolling out the updated version of OneDrive immediately, but this is a gradual rollout, which the company says should be done by the end of February 2024.

Update February 2, 2024: This article was originally published on May 3, 2023, and it’s been updated to ensure accuracy and note that the new interface is now rolling out to users. 

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