New sharing experience coming to OneDrive on iOS and Android, Mac client now part of Office 2016 for Mac

Laurent Giret

OneDrive iOS

Last year, Microsoft started rolling out a unified sharing experience for OneDrive across the web, Windows and macOS. Universal cross-platform sharing has been designed to make users more comfortable sharing files with OneDrive, and this unified sharing experience has started rolling out to the OneDrive apps for iOS and Android today.

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In addition to these updates for the mobile clients, Microsoft also announced an important change for the OneDrive Mac app. Starting this week, the Mac client will be preinstalled with Office 2016 for Mac, and the company explains that the standalone client will replace the Mac App Store version for those of you who previously installed it:

Why are we doing this? First off, we want to make getting OneDrive as easy as possible as well as you up and running quickly. Second, many customers have asked us to add the standalone version of OneDrive as it will not only automatically launch at startup but the OneDrive quick access icon will stay persistent in the Mac Finder, much the same way it does on the Taskbar for Windows users today.

Last but not least, this new standalone version of OneDrive for Mac will introduce some synergies with Office 2016 for Mac, letting users open OneDrive files that have have already been synced locally even faster. The Office apps will also get a “differential sync” feature, syncing only the latest changes rather than the full file every time users save a document in OneDrive.