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Here's why this is so important: Common scenario: user has multiple machines, uses file sync because File Explorer is faster and better than the web UI for OneDrive by far, and because connectivity in life is never 100%. Especially when the machine at home is a Surface Pro 3 or 4, i.e. essentially current generation. Does some work at the office. It’s saved to the local OneDrive disk cache, and sooner or later is uploaded to the cloud. And, sooner or later, the machine at home syncs those changes, storing it on the local OneDrive cache on the Surface.
The rub is the “sooner or later”: (1) The machine at work may need to be turned off before leaving. (Yes, best to leave them on for updates, but sometimes that’s not possible.) Being able to say “sync this directory right now, please” and know when it is finished would be tremendously useful in this case. (2) The Surface Pro at home may or may not have synced those files, and yet it’s time to power down and race to the airport. Being able to tell it, “sync this directory right now, please” and know when you can safely power it out would be a very good thing indeed.
This happens all the time. Cranking out a new talk on a home desktop, go pack, and an hour later, the file has not migrated to my Surface Pro. My wife works on some files in her office, comes home, and when she looks on her Surface Pro, they aren’t there, despite having saved them 5 hours earlier at work. They made it to the cloud during that time, but not to her Surface Pro, which has been turned on and network connected the entire time.
Something like this will always be needed, The sync process is ******* to network speeds, which simply aren’t under your (or anyone’s) control. That’s a bottleneck that may never go away, given the arms race between network speeds and file sizes. And there’s the issue of time. We live in an intermittently disconnected world. How are my poor machines going to know that I’m disconnecting soon?
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