Microsoft slips sync changes into OneDrive on Windows 8.1

Microsoft slips sync changes into OneDrive on Windows 8.1

Summary: One tiny update included in a larger rollup package delivered to Windows 8.1 users today includes some small but welcome changes to the OneDrive sync client. Here's what's inside.

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Not every Patch Tuesday update is security-related. In today's blast of updates for Windows 8.1 (including Windows RT 8.1), Microsoft has slipped in some welcome improvements to the built-in OneDrive sync client.

If you don't see them right away, that's because the updates are embedded in an optional update that isn't installed automatically. On my 64-bit Windows 8.1 installation, the necessary update is prosaically labeled "Update for Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems (KB2962409)" and is not selected by default.

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If you follow the links, you get just a tiny bit of extra information from the associated Knowledge Base article, "Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 update rollup: June 2014." It includes a long list of 27 compatibility fixes, many of them extremely esoteric.

About two-thirds of the way down the list is a link to one of the individual fixes included in the rollup: KB2965174, titled "OneDrive improvement update for Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 8.1: June 2014," adds some features to the desktop sync client for OneDrive, which is installed automatically as part of Windows 8.1. (In Windows 8 and Windows 7 the sync utility required a separate download).

The biggest change is the ability to pause syncing from the icon in the Windows 8.1 notification area (aka system tray). Before installing today's update, this is what you see if you right-click the OneDrive tray icon:

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 After the update, you get these additional options:

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And if you click the OneDrive icon you get a status message that shows the current upload/download progress along with options to pause or resume syncing.

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The irony is that many of these features were part of earlier releases of the SkyDrive (later OneDrive) sync utility for Windows that didn't make the migration to the sync utility in Windows 8.1.

The other factor worth noting is that there are no obvious changes to the OneDrive options available in the touch-friendly PC Settings area. Today's update addresses only the desktop side of Windows 8.1, perhaps a reflection of Microsoft's priorities these days.

Today's changes aren't documented on the OneDrive Blog, and the accompanying KB article doesn't include any details, only a terse note that confirms unspecified "improvements for Microsoft OneDrive in Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 8.1."

I've asked Microsoft for comment on any additional features and will update this post if they supply any additional details.

Topics: Cloud, Microsoft, Mobility

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  • Fax Fix

    Have they fixed the Fax Program?
    Darthere
    • Fixed it alright...

      ...back in 1989 when people still used Faxes.
      gomigomijunk
      • Fax?

        Is that some type of food?
        ForeverCookie
        • Is that some type of food

          Faxe, great beer from Denmark ;-)
          Mr.SV
        • Seems to be a typo...

          "Flax" is a plant food whose seeds have high Omega-3 content.
          jaykayess
        • no

          and your attempt to be funny is retarded
          Uglyulytruth
    • no never...

      they just declared fax to be outdated technology, which is absurd.

      See microcrap trolls below womiting about that
      Uglyulytruth
  • Windows 8 Has Backdoors and Killswitches

    I don't want integrated SpyDrive in my OS, as if the backdoored Windows 8.x with a known kill switch isn't already over the top. China has already shunned Windows 8, and America and other countries need to do the same thing. People need to start waking up about data security, and reading an article by Mr. Bott, who is about is ignorant as they come when it comes to I.T. security and true knowledge in the area of computer science, (he's another Windows shill), is not going to provide you knowledge to move in the right direction of data security and privacy. Mr. Bott believes everything that comes from MS is great, and he's wrong.
    Stilbe
    • Oh boy, not this again...

      Wanna post a definitive source for these so-called "back-doors" and "kill switches" of yours?

      And no BS "IT'S POSSIBLE, I SWEAR" sources please.

      I want concrete evidence and examples of it happening in action.

      Otherwise, the only ignorant person I see here is you, an armchair internet security specialist.

      If you know so much, why don't you prove it instead of posting a ton of subjective and vague crud as a poor attempt to discredit someone with actual credibility?
      ForeverCookie
      • proof lol

        One does need to prove that sky is blue
        Uglyulytruth
        • I'll take that

          as you having no proof
          Michael Alan Goff
        • It's that simple, huh?

          You're equating a simple "look up at the sky" observation to "Windows 8 Has Backdoors and Killswitches" ?

          This is obviously your excuse for making obtuse accusations without needing to show your work.
          insta2
      • Freedom loving

        Chinese government officials is his source for this.
        widow maker
    • Facts please

      It gets old hearing people spread fear and lies. Link to some proof or stop already.

      When you spread misinformation you only makes real problems worse.
      Emacho
      • lol rofl

        how microcrap fans cry about facts while thats the only thing they cant handle
        Uglyulytruth
        • When you get a fact

          bring it in, we'll look at it
          Michael Alan Goff
    • stilbe

      I am very sorry to inform you that you just now failed the turing test.
      Sacr
      • How? He convinced 66% that he is a person...

        :)
        jessepollard
        • He has to convince humans

          Convincing other bots doesn't count :)
          Sacr
    • China?

      Likely the Chinese Government is having a hard time hacking into everyone's computers that run Windows 8. Do you trust the Chinese Government for honorable intentions?
      abt187@...