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OneDrive’s Full Differential Sync for Is Now Available to Business and Personal Customers

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Microsoft has rolled out OneDrive’s enhanced differential sync to all of its personal and business users. The additions add support for all file types, greatly increasing its use cases, and potentially saving a ton of bandwidth.

For those unfamiliar, differential sync lets users upload only the changes for large files. If you have a 1000-page word document but only re-write one page, it’s only that page that will be synced to the cloud.

Previously, the feature only supported “modern Office file formats”. This cut out some of its most desirable use-cases, such as in .zip, AutoCAD, and TIFF files. For users on low-bandwidth connections or with data caps, it could prove a godsend.

The expanded launch was first spotted by MSPowerUser via Microsoft’s official OneDrive roadmap. It’s not yet clear if the feature is enabled for all or if it will take a little while yet to reach every country.

Either way, it marks the end of a years-long effort that experienced several roadblocks and delays. The feature has been on the roadmap since early 2017, and was marked as ‘thinking about it’ in 2014. However, it missed its published roadmap release window in 2017 and later admitted the inclusion on the document was a mistake. Things were very silent until May last year when Microsoft said it would make differential sync available for all file types later in 2019.

Clearly, it didn’t hit that target either, but we’re at least at the finish line now. Though differential Office sync has been available for some time, this expansion is the functionality many have been anticipating. With so many working from home, it’s more important than ever that files on personal devices are backed up, and differential sync should make that possible on even low bandwidth connections.

Source Winbuzzer

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Microsoft Patent Points to Upcoming Automated Meeting Planner

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While consumers are important to Microsoft, it’s enterprise customers that play the pivotal role in the company’s success. Many of the new features Microsoft introduces across services like Office, Windows, and Azure have a focus on enterprise users. Now, a new Microsoft Patent shows the company is working on a new meeting planner.

The patent was discovered by MSPowerUser (MSPU) and is titled “MEETING PREPERATION MANAGER”. Microsoft originally filed the patent back on June 19, 2019 and it was published on WIPO on January 2, 2020.

In the Microsoft Patent, the company describes a tool that would make it easier for users to organize meetings, prepare for them, and manage ongoing preparations. Sure, Microsoft already has tools geared towards this baked into services such as To-Do, Teams, and Outlook. However, it seems the company wants to create a singular experience.
Any organization will say meetings are easy to set up but are often frustrating to prepare for. This preparation could involve creating a presentation, ensuring all parties can attend, finding the correct resources, etc. Microsoft explains this process is often time consuming:
“Often, a significant amount of time is spent preparing for these meetings. Calendars make it relatively easy to set up and track the meetings. However, preparing for meetings can be a challenge. For example, a person may need to read a document, prepare slides, get feedback from stakeholders, or perform other tasks before attending a meeting.”
Automated Preparation
According to the Microsoft Patent, Redmond is working on an automated tool that would do the heavy lifting during preparations.

“Aspects of this disclosure provide systems and methods for managing meeting preparation for attendees. In an aspect, preparation events are associated with upcoming meetings. The preparation events are then viewable in association with the meeting or through other preparation interfaces.
“The technology can determine due dates and work times for the preparation events that allow the user to complete the preparation prior to a scheduled meeting. The due dates and times can be used to surface notifications and reminders of the preparation events. If a meeting is canceled or rescheduled, the due dates for preparation events can automatically be updated.”
In the patent, Microsoft suggests the tool will not be a standalone service but will instead be integrated with current services.

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