Here are the features Microsoft added to OneDrive in Q1 2022

The Microsoft OneDrive Logo

As we transition to the second quarter of the year, Microsoft wants to remind its customers about all the features it introduced in OneDrive during the first three months. Although all most of them differ from the top 10 features OneDrive users need, Microsoft did a good job bringing important feature changes and improvements to its cloud storage (some of the new capabilities currently remain in preview).

In case you missed them, here are the new features and changes in OneDrive released during the first three months of the year.

January 2022 - Files on Demand on Mac, improved links, and refreshed photo editor

In January 2022, Microsoft released a revamped Files on Demand for macOS to reflect changes in how Apple's desktop operating system handles files. Shortly after that, the company faced significant user backlash, forcing Microsoft to return to the drawing board. At the end of February, Microsoft released an update based on user feedback.

Improved link copying in OneDrive for Web allows users to change the link type and permissions before generating and sharing a link. This replaced the old behavior when OneDrive would automatically copy a link with default permissions.

The OneDrive for Web displaying how the improved Copy Link feature works

For SharePoint users, Microsoft introduced a better move or copy experience. Users now can access a new dialog window to choose the destination for their content when moving or copying files and folders in OneDrive and SharePoint.

The built-in editor in OneDrive for Web received new photo editing capabilities. It allows cropping, rotating, adjusting light and color, adding filters, and annotating images from OneDrive. The new photo editor in OneDrive for Web joined other photo-related features, such as Apple's and Samsung's Live Photo support.

New cropping tool for OneDrive on the web

Finally, Microsoft rolled out new OneDrive Sync Admin Reports to help IT Admins better understand how OneDrive behaves within their organizations and how to help users better handle various features and potential mistakes.

February 2022 - Known Folder Move and native ARM client for Mac.

In February 2022, the OneDrive team focused on improving the experience for macOS users. Microsoft introduced a native OneDrive app for Apple Silicon-based Macs and rolled out the first public preview of Known Folder Move. The latter lets you keep files in selected folders safe by constantly uploading their content to OneDrive.

The About window displaying information about the Apple Silicon-optimized OneDrive client on macOS

On Windows, Microsoft released a redesigned Sync Activity Center to better align with the Fluent Design Language in Windows 11. The new Sync Activity Center features rounded corners™ and more modern visuals with better access to settings and Recycle Bin (no more opening additional menus).

A OneDrive Sync Activity Center displaying the latest changes in the storage

March 2022 - Native ARM client for Windows.

In March 2022, Microsoft released an updated OneDrive client with ARM support for Windows to provide users with better performance and efficiency.

And lastly, the software giant added the option to move "Add to OneDrive" shortcuts to any private folder in OneDrive.


If you are an active OneDrive user, you can keep an eye on the development process by following the OneDrive roadmap available on the official website. Microsoft says there are 22 updates currently in development and 10 new features rolling out to the public.

Share in the comments below your favorite features Microsoft added recently to OneDrive, and tell us what features Microsoft should add next.

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