Microsoft OneDrive: Fluent design rolling out globally

OneDrive's new UI also includes a people view feature to locate files and documents by recognising faces of family or friends
An undated image of OneDrive UI. — Microsoft
An undated image of OneDrive UI. — Microsoft

Microsoft is beginning to introduce a fresh look for its OneDrive cloud storage service aimed at consumers. The company initially revealed a Fluent design update for OneDrive last year, and it will be accessible to all OneDrive personal users by the end of February. 

The updated user interface for OneDrive closely aligns with Windows 11 and the changes made to Microsoft’s various Office apps. 

“It’s both a visual and functional upgrade designed to help you get to your files quickly and keep your content organised in multiple ways The improved visual design reduces clutter and distractions, allowing you to focus on what’s important – your content,” said Miceile Barrett, a Microsoft product manager.

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In addition to simplifying and modernising the main interface, there is also a new people view feature that allows users to locate files and documents by recognising the faces of family or friends with whom they frequently share documents, as noted by The Verge.

This will make the user interface impressively useful in terms of ordering and naming the files stored on the cloud. Since, in the past, there was no classification as to separately view the files and folders shared by a particular user.

Microsoft has included additional file filters in the updated OneDrive UI, allowing users to filter the interface by Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or PDF files. The 'add new' button now offers options for both uploading files and creating new documents using Office apps. 

This is an improvement from the separate buttons for file uploads and creating new folders/documents in the current OneDrive interface. There are also numerous upcoming changes for OneDrive, especially for business users, including offline support, faster load times, and other enhancements.