Mac users get to join the OneDrive Files On-Demand festivitiesOctober 21, 2018
A year after Microsoft reintroduced placeholders for Windows users of OneDrive in the form of “Files On-Demand”, Mac users of the cloudy file service are getting the same love.
Placeholders were briefly a thing in the Windows 7 and 8.1 worlds and allowed a OneDrive user to view the contents of their cloud file store without having to actually download the files until needed.
Mac users of OneDrive never experienced the joy of placeholders and could only look on enviously as their Windows friends received the new and improved don’t-call-it-placeholders Files On-Demand feature in last year’s Fall Creators Update.
The functionality bears a marked resemblance to that of Windows 10, with an icon to indicate if the file is lurking in the cloud or on the local device.
Alternatively, a user can decide if a folder or file should be permanently kept locally, or an admin can manage the settings remotely.
Insiders running macOS Mojave (10.14) can get the new functionality up and running in advance of it rolling out to the general public.
Fans of the fashionable dark theme, over which much of the internet seems obsessed, will be delighted to know that Mojave’s dark mode is also fully supported.
Not wanting Windows users to feel left out, Microsoft has also taken the opportunity to remind us that Storage Sense will see an update in the October 2018 Update to shift old files not flagged as “always keep on device” back to the cloud as drive space runs short.
The needy will also be happy to see a timeline and count of viewers of a document from within Office rather than needing to drop into OneDrive to get their fix.
OneDrive provides a robust but simple-to-use cloud storage platform for small businesses, enterprises, and everything in between. Unlike other cloud storage providers, most of the advanced enterprise-focused features in OneDrive are available for every subscription type, enabling companies to use OneDrive in whatever way benefits their business the most – whether that’s simply a cloud-based file share for a small busi…