OneDrive / SharePoint Online to become the default save location for Office 365 files

It is never pleasant to lose Office files you’ve been working on for a long time due to software problems (or worse), and Microsoft is well aware of it. Indeed, the company wants to make it virtually impossible to lose your work files by automatically saving them to the Microsoft cloud.

Last week, the company announced that starting in February, all documents created in Office 365 on Windows and Mac will be automatically be saved to OneDrive or SharePoint Online (via Neowin). This will apply to Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents that will all be directly saved to the cloud, though it will still be possible to choose another location if you want to.

This announcement complements the Known Folder Move feature that Microsoft unveiled in January, which allows users on Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows 10 to protect their important files by redirecting their desktop documents and folders to OneDrive.

“These features, along with OneDrive Files On-Demand for Mac, are part of our investments in making it easier for you to get your files into the cloud. By saving to the cloud, you will be able to securely access your most important documents from any device and start collaborating with others from the get go,” the company explained.

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