A number of businesses have been testing NGSC in private preview form in recent months. Today, Microsoft is broadening the eligible pool of testers. Businesses interested in testing the updating OneDrive for Business sync client can put their names on a wait list in order to get an email as to where to download the new sync client once Microsoft moves ahead with its staggered rollout.
The NGSC offers selective sync, plus the removal (once it's generally available) of the current 20,000 file-sync limit, as well as support for files up to 10 GB in size, up from the current 2 GB limit.
Microsoft also is improving the Web-user experience for OneDrive for Business to make it more like the one for OneDrive consumer. Users can switch between list and preview tile views to identify their key files, and can easily trigger key actions on files or folders, including preview, edit, share and delete.
Microsoft is making sharing easier via the Web interface, so that users can more readily share links with others inside a user's organization. Microsoft also is adding the ability to add expiration dates to OneDrive for Business sharing links.
"We're making all-user sharing viral inside an organization," said Reuben Krippner, Director of Product Marketing for OneDrive for Business.
As part of today's updates, Microsoft is adding new features to the Android OneDrive for Business app, including offline access for files. Microsoft plans to bring that offline sharing capability "soon" (at worst case, before year-end) to iOS and Windows Phones OneDrive for Business clients, Krippner said.
On the iOS OneDrive for Business side, Microsoft is adding new command and gesture capabilities. Users on iOS can annotate PDF documents directly in the OneDrive for Business app, with all markup stored within the file, similar to the way Microsoft allows Edge browser users to annotate their saved pages. This capability will come to Android and Windows Phone devices by the end of calendar 2015, officials said.
"We are committed to the (placeholder) scenario, but implementation in 8.1 didn't meet our quality or performance bar," Krippner reiterated. "But we are committed to the scenario and working on a best implementation."
Krippner said to expect Microsoft to update the public OneDrive roadmap around the end of November 2015. He wouldn't say whether there will be any new information about when and how Microsoft will institute a replacement for placeholders in OneDrive at that time, however.
I also asked whether Microsoft had more to share about when the company would deliver on its promised unlimited OneDrive storage. Again, there was nothing new to say on that front.
"We are working towards it (unlimited storage)," he said. "We want to make sure you can store all your business files in our cloud."