Microsoft Rolls Out Offline Mode in OneDrive

This new feature from Microsoft adds an offline option, addressing a long-standing request from users who need access to their files without an internet connection

Preeti Anand
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Microsoft is introducing a new offline option for the OneDrive web version, aimed primarily at students and professional users. This long-awaited feature on OneDrive has also seen the cloud storage service overhauled with a new UI, folder colours, and other enhancements. It is consistent with other cloud-based services that have provided offline choices for years, such as Google Drive and iCloud.


This new feature adds an offline option, addressing a long-standing request from users who need access to their files without an internet connection. Along with this important addition, OneDrive has received a complete revamp, including a new user interface (UI) that promises a more simplified experience. Users may now personalise their file organisation by adding folder colours, which improves visual clarity and navigation inside the cloud storage platform.

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Microsoft's official blog post outlined the benefits of the new offline mode. This feature allows OneDrive web users who have declared themselves offline to navigate to their preferred files and the home section without an internet connection. Users can also rename, arrange, and copy files, which will be synced once they return online.


You can also free up local storage space by editing or transferring OneDrive files to your PC. Both tasks were previously available via File Explorer on a Windows PC but may now be performed directly from the OneDrive web version. Microsoft has also claimed a 3x performance boost using OneDrive due to the OneDrive Sync app.

However, some limits exist. First, the offline mode in OneDrive for the web is only available if your account contains fewer than 250,000 files. Using a work or school account in any Chromium-based browser on a Windows PC or Mac is also required. This functionality was long needed, providing an excellent opportunity for OneDrive users who need to work on the fly and make last-minute modifications to their work. The update is being gradually rolled out, so it may appear on your account in the following days.


This upgrade brings OneDrive closer to other top cloud-based platforms like Google Drive and iCloud, which have long provided offline capabilities. By implementing this functionality, Microsoft hopes to give customers more flexibility and productivity when managing their digital assets across devices and settings, whether in the classroom, the office, or on the move. With these updates, OneDrive continues to evolve as a strong and user-centric solution in the competitive cloud storage services market.