Microsoft plans to add cloud migration tools to aid SharePoint on-premises migrations to the OneDrive cloud with its Monday acquisition of Mover.io, an eight-year-old Canadian startup specializing in the self-service mass migration of enterprise files.
Mover.io, acquired for an undisclosed sum, also provides cross-cloud migrations from a dozen OneDrive file-sharing cloud competitors, including Box, Dropbox, Egnyte and Google Drive. Microsoft continues to support SharePoint on-premises, but the company has not said how long it will continue to do so, leaving room for speculation among users and experts.
Mover.io, acquired a month after Microsoft bought data-migration vendor Movere, will join several file-migration tools and services already on the Microsoft cloud platform, including FastTrack and the SharePoint Migration Tool. Users also have a choice of several other third-party tools to do the job, including ShareGate and Metalogix, which support file migrations to OneDrive.
Microsoft could, theoretically, poach customers from competing cloud file-management systems such as Box with the Mover.io migration tools. But the real OneDrive migration target customer for the Mover.io tools is Microsoft’s SharePoint on-premises base, said Deep Analysis founder Alan Pelz-Sharpe.
Enterprise-scale file migrations from on-premises servers to the cloud pose challenges of maintaining file directory structure as well as access and security policies, Pelz-Sharpe said. SharePoint enterprise migrations in particular can be even thornier because it was designed for front-line office workers to set up ad-hoc file-sharing sites with little IT assistance.
The fact that SharePoint’s been around for nearly two decades, pre-dating widespread cloud adoption, compounds the issue. Pelz-Sharpe described one of his clients, a utility company, whose SharePoint on-premises footprint has grown over the years to 12,000 SharePoint sites.
“They have no idea what is in them, and no idea what to do with them,” Pelz-Sharpe said. “These things can be complex. It’s a recognized problem, so the more experience, skills and tools Microsoft can bring to help, the better.”
Specifics about Mover.io features integrating with the Microsoft 365 platform will come next month, said Jeff Teper, Microsoft corporate VP for Office, SharePoint and OneDrive, in a blog post announcing the acquisition.
Microsoft OneDrive has long been an innovation leader in cloud storage, and today we’re excited to launch a new feature that gives you greater security for your files in the cloud. This summer, we announced OneDrive Personal Vault, which uses identity verification to protect your most important files. Now we’re happy to share that Personal Vault is available worldwide on all OneDrive consumer accounts. Additionally, we have more OneDrive news to share on expandable storage options, automatic folder backup, and dark mode—read on to learn more.
Meet Personal Vault
Personal Vault is a protected area in OneDrive that can only be accessed with a strong authentication method or a second step of identity verification, such as your fingerprint, face, PIN, or a code sent to you via email or SMS.1 Personal Vault gives you an added layer of protection for your most important files, photos, and videos—for example, copies of documents such as your passport, driver’s license, or insurance information—should someone gain access to your account or device.
Plus, this added security won’t slow you down. You can quickly access your important documents, photos, and files with confidence wherever you are, on your PC, OneDrive.com, or your mobile device.2
Beyond a second layer of identity verification, Personal Vault also includes the following security measures:
Scan and shoot—Using the OneDrive app, you can scan documents or shoot photos directly into your Personal Vault, keeping them off less secure areas of your device, like your camera roll.
Automatic locking—No need to worry about whether you left your Personal Vault or your files open—both will close and lock automatically after a period of inactivity.3
BitLocker encryption—On Windows 10 PCs, OneDrive automatically syncs your Personal Vault files to a BitLocker-encrypted area of your local hard drive.4
Restricted sharing—To prevent accidental sharing, files in Personal Vault and shared items moved into Personal Vault cannot be shared.
Taken together, these security measures help ensure that Personal Vault files are not stored unprotected on your PC, and your files have additional protection, even if your Windows 10 PC or mobile device is lost, stolen, or someone gains access to it or to your account.
Personal Vault is the latest advancement in OneDrive’s suite of security features, which also includes file encryption at rest and in transit, suspicious sign-in monitoring, ransomware detection and recovery, mass file deletion notification and recovery, virus scanning on downloads for known threats, password protected sharing links, and version history for all file types.
Personal Vault is now available worldwide
To start using Personal Vault, look for the Personal Vault icon in your OneDrive and simply click or tap it. If you’re using OneDrive’s free or standalone 100 GB plan, you can store up to three files in Personal Vault. Office 365 Personal and Office 365 Home subscribers can store as many files as they want in Personal Vault, up to their storage limit.
Don’t have OneDrive? Download the app and get your first 5 GB of storage free.
We made it easy to back up your important folders to OneDrive—so your files are protected and available even if something happens to your PC. With PC folder backup you can choose to automatically back up files in your Desktop, Documents, or Pictures folders to OneDrive. Now you don’t have to worry about protecting your work—OneDrive will do it for you.
You can also access your backed-up files even when you’re away from your PC—just use the OneDrive mobile app or go to OneDrive.com. Plus, saving your files to OneDrive allows you to view and restore previous versions of your files up to 30 days in the past.
PC folder backup is now more deeply integrated with the newest version of Windows 10, so you can easily enable it during Windows setup or updates. The feature is included with all OneDrive consumer plans and is available on Windows 7, 8, and 10 PCs with the OneDrive sync app. Learn more about PC folder backup.
OneDrive fans rejoice—additional storage is now available!
In June, we announced that we would deliver on one of the most requested OneDrive features of all time—more storage options. Now you can add storage to your existing Office 365 subscription in 200 GB increments, starting at $1.99 per month.5 Learn more about OneDrive additional storage.
Dark mode is now available on OneDrive iOS
We’re also thrilled to announce that the OneDrive mobile app on iOS 13 now supports dark mode. This dramatic new look is both easy on the eyes and lets you take full advantage of an OLED screen to save battery life. To try it out, simply set your iOS 13 device to Dark Appearance in Settings > Display and Brightness and then open the OneDrive app.
Let us know what you think
To let us know what you think or share your thoughts and ideas, visit OneDrive UserVoice. To learn more about all the advanced protection features included in Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal subscriptions, see our support page.
Notes: 1Face and fingerprint verification requires specialized hardware including a Windows Hello capable device, fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor, or other biometric sensors and capable devices. 2OneDriveforAndroid requires Android 6.0 or later; OneDrive for iOS requires iOS 11.3 or later. 3Automatic locking interval varies by device and can be set by the user. 4Requires Windows 10 version 1903 or above. 5Additional storage only available to Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal subscribers. For Office 365 Home subscribers, only the primary subscription holder may purchase additional storage, and only for that user’s account.
At Build 2017, Joe Belfiore announced that the new OneDrive Files On-Demand feature will be delivered with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. And today, we are excited to announce that OneDrive Files On-Demand is rolling out to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring who are on Build 16215. The updated OneDrive client will be rolling out over the next few days but can also be installed from here.
With Files On-Demand, you can access all your files in the cloud without having to download them and use storage space on your device. All your files—even online-only files—can be seen in File Explorer and work just like every other file on your device. You’ll be able to open online-only files from within any desktop or Windows Store apps using the Windows file picker. And you’re covered in both your home and professional life since it works with your personal and work OneDrive, as well as your SharePoint Online team sites.
Online-only files don’t take up space on your computer. You see a cloud icon for each online-only file in File Explorer, but the file doesn’t download to your device until you open it. You can only open online-only files when your device is connected to the internet. However, you online files will always be visible in File Explorer even if you are offline.
Locally available files
When you open an online-only file, it downloads to your device and becomes a locally available file. You can open a locally available file anytime, even without Internet access. If you need more space, you can change the file back to online-only. Just right-click the file and select “Free up space.”
Always available files
Only files that you mark as “Always keep on this device” have the green circle with the white check mark. These files will always be available even when you’re offline. They are downloaded to your device and take up space.
To read up on everything you need to know about OneDrive Files On-Demand, click here.
And here are a few things we recommend you try out!
Setup your personal MSA and Office 365 accounts with OneDrive Files On-Demand.
Right-click on a file or folder in OneDrive and select “Free up space” or “Always keep on this device”.
Double click an online-only file with a cloud on it. It will download on-demand.
Navigate into a folder in OneDrive that is full of pictures, and you can watch the thumbnails populate.
Access an online-only file through your favorite apps.
Mount a SharePoint Online team site.
Work with all your files as you normally do!
This has been the #1 requested feature for OneDrive on UserVoice, so we’re excited to get this out to Windows Insiders. Tell us what you think!
Jevon Grigg and Jonathan Aviles are product service advisors at the flagship Microsoft Store in New York
KonMari. Feng Shui. Japanese Minimalism. These are all methods that individuals use to bring order and balance to their physical space, whether that is a home, room or as small as a workspace. But have you thought about how to use these same principals to declutter your digital space, including devices like your PC?
Microsoft Store’s Answer Desk is a great local resource if you want an extra set of hands to help you declutter, or just want to learn how to get the most out of your technology. You can stop by your nearest Microsoft Store or set up an appointment with the Answer Desk for free tech support from one of our experts. Our physical stores offer free services for some of the techier solutions like PC tune-ups and device recycling. Our knowledgeable advisors offer free technology workshops and support on hardware and software, and will answer questions and help with any device with Microsoft software.
In celebration of National Clean Out Your Computer Day today, we asked Microsoft Store tech experts to share their favorite ways to clear out and clean up devices to boost productivity, improve organization and bring peace of mind.
1. Use OneDrive to store your files in the cloud: Free up space on your PC by storing your files in OneDrive.
OneDrive is a great cloud storage service to store your files, like photos, videos, or documents. By storing these files in OneDrive, you can free up space on your PC. If you want to learn more about getting started with OneDrive check out this Windows 10 tip.
2. Speed It Up: Just like a car, computers need a little tune-up every now and then to make sure they are running as efficiently as possible.
Make sure your software is up to date. Updated software will ensure programs run smoother and reduce the risk of security concerns. If you have questions about this you can set up an appointment with the Answer Desk for free tech support from experts at your nearest Microsoft Store.
Defragmentation is also an easy step to take. Without getting too technical, defragmentation is the process of moving the different pieces that make up a file closer together, helping the computer respond quicker. Windows 10 users can search for “Defragment and Optimize Drives” in their Start menu to run.
3. Inbox Sanity: Are you tied down by your ever-expanding inbox and the guilt of all those unread messages? Here are some simple tips to help get your inbox under control – and keep it that way.
The Rules feature in Outlook is a simple way to keep your inbox orderly. Set up your inbox so that certain mails can always be found in specific folders or send those notes you know you will delete right to the trash bin.
Sweep in Outlook on the web is a tool that can help you quickly get rid of unwanted mail. Delete emails in bulk with the Sweep feature or create a rule for deleting certain emails so you don’t have to do it manually.
Sign up for a newsletter you don’t read? Unsubscribe. Reduce the number of emails you receive each day by unsubscribing to email newsletters you don’t need anymore. In Outlook on the web, you can easily unsubscribe with just one click, all without leaving your inbox.
4. Knowledge is Power: Dedicate time to learn about your device. By learning more about how your device works, you will give yourself the power and know-how to resolve issues and keep your device clean and healthy on a continuous basis. A great way to learn more is by attending a free technology workshop at your local Microsoft Store.
What are your favorite tips for uncluttering your digital life? Share them with the Microsoft Store on Facebook and Twitter!
The UWP Community Toolkit continues to grow at a rapid speed thanks to the ideas and contributions from the community. Over the last period, over 82 percent of the contributions came from the developer community (59 contributors). Thank you!
Today, we are happy to announce the largest update to the toolkit since the launch a few months ago!
As a reminder, the toolkit can be used in any app (across PC, Xbox One, Mobile, HoloLens and Surface Hub devices) targeting Windows 10 November Update (10.0.10586) or above. The few features that rely on newer OS updates are clearly marked in the documentation and in the Sample App.
Here’s just a summary of what’s new in Version 1.3:
Controls. Several new controls were added in this release, including some very popular requests from the community:
WrapPanel. Positions child elements in sequential position from left to right or top to bottom, breaking content to the next line.
TextboxMask and TextBoxRegex (attached properties). Allows setting common or custom masks (like telephone numbers) for input.
SurfaceDialTextboxHelper (attached property). Extends any Textbox control to be controlled directly from a Surface Dial.
ScrollHeader. Builds upon FadeHeader and enables Quick Return, Sticky and Fade behaviors.
Expander. Provides an extendable container to show/hide any content by clicking the header.
AdvancedCollectionView: Builds upon CollectionView and easily sorts and filters collections before displaying them.
Loading control. Shows an animation with some content when the user should wait in some tasks of the app.
OneDrive service. Roam user files through the new OneDrive service with a simplified API model (similar to StorageFolder). The new service makes it easy to authenticate OneDrive users and more in the same consistent way you have come to expect from the toolkit services.
Microsoft Translator Service. Translate text in 60 languages supported by Microsoft Translator Services. The free tier supports up to 2 million requests per month.
We’ve added support for geographical metadata to tweets.
Light. Add light effects to your page or controls to draw user attention.
Did you know you can get to your files and photos from anywhere, on any device, while keeping them all in sync? You can with Microsoft OneDrive – a free cloud storage solution – preinstalled for you on Windows 10.
Here’s how to get started with OneDrive:
To put documents or photos in your OneDrive, simply open File Explorer, select OneDrive, and drag your files into your OneDrive folder. You can now access those files online at OneDrive.com or on your mobile device. OneDrive keeps all your files in sync across your devices.
OneDrive saves a copy of your file to the cloud and to your PC. But if you’re running low on space, you can choose what files to sync to your PC. Simply open the OneDrive folder in File Explorer, right-click a file and select “Choose OneDrive folders to sync.” Clear the checkboxes next to the folders you don’t need on your PC – and voila – the files are removed from your PC but you can still access them on OneDrive.com or on your mobile device. You can also choose to sync your photos directly from your phone to OneDrive and have every photo you take on every device you own.
In 2010, Vidya Srinivasan canceled Christmas. A computer science graduate student at North Carolina State University by way of Chennai, India, she had scored an unexpected internship interview with Microsoft in Seattle.
“I canceled my vacation,” she said. “I reached out to all the Microsoft connections I could possibly find. I spent my Christmas with books, because I really wanted to nail that interview.”
And she did. Three years into her career in tech, Vidya is now a program manager for OneDrive-SharePoint, still on the same team she interned with in 2011.
Vidya, who could outtalk a roomful of teenage girls on Red Bull, is petite and bubbly. She is also the type of person who works insanely hard for extreme goals, and doesn’t necessarily see rescheduling the occasional holiday as a sacrifice. Originally from Hyderabad, India — Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s hometown — Vidya is an only child born to banker parents who raised her to be highly independent. By age 3, she was training to be a classical singer, a career path she kept open in case computer science didn’t work out. Throughout college, Vidya performed on four Indian television shows, appearing alongside some of the country’s musical superstars. Last year, when her Microsoft Hackathon team, Ability Eye Gaze, appeared to be reaching the finals, she realized her planned trip to Alaska might interfere with presenting the project to Nadella if they won. So she canceled the trip. (And good thing, because they won.)
That’s not to say she’s never had a crisis of confidence. As a new arrival to NCSU, she almost turned around and went home. “I called my mom, and I’m like, ‘Mom, I think I’ve made a mistake,’” she said. Her fellow graduate students had several years of work experience, had already met with professors, and knew what they wanted to achieve with their degrees.
“They were asking, ‘Do you know this, do you know that?’” she recalled. “I said, ‘No.’ ‘Do you have experience?’ ‘No. I graduated three months ago.’ People said, ‘If you don’t have these skills, you’ll never get a job.’” The cultural shift scared her, too. “When I was an undergraduate, the coursework is prescribed. In grad school, you design your own destiny.”
By the time the first career fair came around in October, Vidya knew she needed to land an internship to get ahead. “I couldn’t sleep the night before,” she said.