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OneDrive May roadmap update brings new file sharing security features on the web

As is the case every month, Microsoft has published the monthly OneDrive Roadmap Roundup for the month of May 2020. The list is comparatively short this month and includes a couple of improvements, mainly to the document sharing experiences and various security features associated with it on the web for OneDrive for Business users.

The first of the improvements come in the way of support for more file types for the block download links. Users can now choose to block other users from downloading “PDF files, Images, Audio, and other non-text and non-video file types”. This could be a welcome addition for those that want to share confidential information for viewing purposes only. The feature is now rolling out to OneDrive for Business users on the web in the Targeted Release branch.

The other improvement to the service on the web is the ability to share Word documents with the “Open in Review mode” option. As the name suggests, users can limit recipients from editing or making any changes to a Word document, in turn only letting them access the document in the ‘Review’ mode. This allows recipients to suggest changes (using the Track Changes feature) or add comments to a document.

Additionally, these changes can only be done on the web using Word Online. Those that attempt to make changes to the document in the Desktop app will be allowed to only view the document, with a notification bar that directs them to the web app to be able to add comments or suggest changes. This feature is being made generally available to all OneDrive for Business users.

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