OneDrive Files On-Demand
Allow an online sync only for OneDrive, like Windows 8.1 file explorer did.
Most of PC don't have enough storage to keep files on HDD.
That will really improve productivity !
I’m proud to announce that OneDrive Files On-Demand is now rolling out with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (https://twitter.com/onedrive/status/920288442965164033). Whether you use a personal OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint Online, you can now browse all your files without filling up your disk and take advantage of the rich features of File Explorer. Read more about how you can start using OneDrive Files On-Demand & skip ahead if it hasn’t been rolled out to you yet (https://t.co/YFxsqB3JNb). Learn more about deploying Files On-Demand in your organization (https://t.co/zjAQJnbQlo). Thanks to all of you for the emphatic support, and a special thanks to our incredible self-hosters in the Windows Insider Program!
No placeholders, no App - I´ve thought "cloud first" - and now - a big step back. I will keep my 8.1
I was really shocked to see this feature go away, especially with the emphasis on the Surface line, which has little drive space. This feature made my Surface Pro 3 powerful. Without it, I feel like the device has been crippled. This feature needs to come back or I might as well go buy a laptop with a 1TB drive and ditch my Surface.
OneDrive is somewhat useless without this feature. I will not be using OneDrive in Windows 10 until this feature has been added.
- On tablets I want to access all files without filling the drive space
- On my home PC I don't want 100's GBs of files filling the drive up when they have a home already.
Tyler Ashton commented
I understanding wanting to unify the code for all three sync engines but screwing your customers who are surface pro 3 , windows 10, and office 365 users is still a bull sh** way to run things Microsoft. When you change cosmetic features that is one thing but when you change file and folder structure use cases you really need to be more mindful of your users. Shame on you and bad form. I am usually a Microsoft fan boy but this pissed me off enough to let the world know.
WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS? this was literally the only reason why I started using onedrive, and why I recommended all of my friends invest their time into transferring their pictures and files from dropbox, gdrive, and dropbox. Now I look like a fool because the primary reason I gave them for switching to onedrive (placeholder files) is now gone in windows 10. There is now NOTHING differentiating your cloud sync solution from the competition, and in fact you've made it even less competitive since youre missing features other services provide. Big mistake.
Richard George commented
BTW, this "idea" is more than a suggestion to "Thinking About It". OneDrive has very little value to me in it's current state. I do not have enough storage on my device to hold all my files in OneDrive (~200 G). I absolutely need a solution, i.e., a change in OneDrive to support this Win 8.1 function, a USB HD, another cloud provider. Be quick, I'll be making my decision this week on how to store my files.
I will not be moving any other PC to Win 10 at this time, and will need to move the current PC back to Win 8.1.
We complained about it long ago during the Windows 10 Preview and they still haven't fixed it. I wouldn't think it would be too difficult to fix. Not sure what their problem is. Feedback is pointless if they don't listen!
It sounds fishy that a huge corporation like this would kill a feature. They could afford to have seamlessly moved to windows 10 while retaining all functionality.
I will happily stick to windows 8.1 for the time being. I refuse to be forced into either carrying a portable hard drive, or upgrading my PC to something with a bigger internal drive.
I pity all of the hapless users who had no clue that moving to windows 10 would impact their productivity. Isn't Microsoft all about improved productivity? I guess that my tablet will somehow have to be rolled back to 8.1, what a waste of my time.
I spoke with customer care who informed me that they are receiving a lot of complaints. Their solution was that I delete files from my system and sync everything, but I can't do that with my tablet. I had been thinking of getting a Surface, but I wont do that.
I personally think that they could have transitioned everything together without killing functionality.
Now I am trawling the net to find the best alternative.
Onedrive has never been the best cloud sharing system, but the placeholders made it stand out from the crowd. Why should I buy a new computer just to afford the space to store my cloud documents. Onedrive was innovation, and now it's on the back foot.
If I a must use a portable hard drive again, then I wont be paying for a cloud service, and have less use for a windows phone, maybe back to google and andoid is best.
Sijmen den Hartog commented
I really don't understand this. I need all my files but can not keep them on my surface pro. Now my surface is kind of not sufficient any more. Do I need to go back to an old fashioned notebook with 1 Tb of storage?
why should we buy storage for the cloud if it has to be on my device? Please explain that logic. Pay to store files on the cloud that have to be on you device to be useable?
The fact that they removed this feature completely ruined the entire OS, for me and renderes it pretty much useless. Will, definitely be reverting back if it is not fixed very soon.
Onedrive is useless without it.
@Jason Moore: Don't think about it - BRING IT BACK
That is also my opinion:
"this was the single best feature of onedrive for windows 8. can't believe they took it out. - robert"
Edu van Deursen commented
Important issue to fix asap. Major reason to store data in the cloud is to have it not on your local disk.
Is a show stopper to use Windows 10 for Microsofts own Surface users like me!
Hope this will be fixed soon.
From the blog post I understand the technical challenges https://blog.onedrive.com/taking-the-next-step-in-sync-for-onedrive/
But you simply SHOULD NOT HAVE RELEASED without placeholders, there are 32GB tablets crying over the sudden dump of their OneDrive contents!!
We were RELYING ON THIS FUNCTION TO GET ABOUT OUR WORK!!
This is a SERIOUS ISSUE!
this was the single best feature of onedrive for windows 8. can't believe they took it out.
Andreas Timmer commented
In Windows 8.1 was the file-Explorer for One Drive better. I saw all my files (on- and offline-files). This was better than now. On my Surface Pro 1 i have only 128 GB. But it is so involved via Internet Explorer to earch the files i want to see.
Michael Bond commented
I can only agree with the other comments this functionality of having an all or nothing approach just doesn't work on a practical basis. I'm writing this after experiencing the following: I needed to grab a couple of files to edit and then sync it back. It was an uncommon folder and I hadn't synced it before. As such I had two choices grab a gig of data over a hotel wifi or use the website. In the end I had to use to website but that is such a clunky solution compared to the way it worked in Windows 8.1. Another use case where the current solution does not work: I am currently abroad taking lots of Pictures with my Lumia 1520. Not that syncs the photos to OneDrive by default, the problem came when I wanted to update blog with the photos I've taken. Under Windows 8.1 I would just let the placeholders sync and then find the couple that I was most happy with. Unfortunatly under Windows 10 we have two options sync all my photos just for the couple I want or try and find the ones I am most happy with using the clunky website. ( Actually in the end I just bluetoothed the photos across but I should have to use work arounds when the perfect solution already existed in Windows 8.1)
Hasan Bazerbashi commented
I really would like to know why Microsoft chose to remove this feature.
I like to see the files and folders which I have in OneDrive but not necessarily download the whole thing on the PC. That way I can put new files and folders in the right place without bloating all the PCs with space.