Microsoft has announced it is expanding the availability of OneDrive Files On-Demand for macOS users. Specifically, the company says the feature is now available for all users running macOS 12.1 or newer.
It is worth noting this is the new OneDrive Files On-Demand feature that was initially brought to the platform in June last year. Since then, the new experience has been in limited availability. That is changing as wider support is now coming to users.
Files On Demand is a service that lets users work with Office 365 files across OneDrive and SharePoint. Microsoft announced the feature back at Build 2017. On macOS, Microsoft introduced support for the feature in 2019.
The 2021 update for Files On-Demand brought the following new abilities to OneDrive on macOS:
- “The new Files On-Demand experience requires a volume that is formatted with APFS. HFS+ volumes are not supported.
- With the new Files On-Demand experience, the sync root is always located within users’ home directory, in a path such as: ~/Library/CloudStorage/OneDrive-Personal
- To support the new experience, OneDrive maintains a cache path in a hidden location. This path contains a replica of the file tree that the user is syncing.
- For OneDrive to complete setup with the new File Provider platform, the user must consent to allow OneDrive to sync.
- Files that are kept in the sync root do not count against disk space usage, unless they are marked as “Always Keep on This Device.”
- The new Files On-Demand experience supports some existing features of APFS that were previously poorly supported by OneDrive. These include:
- File tags
- Last used date
- File system flags
- Extended attributes
- Type and creator code
- OneDrive now supports syncing packages, or files that appear as a single file but are actually a directory with many files and folders underneath them. Some applications exclusively create packages.
- When you unlink your Mac or unmount a syncing location, OneDrive will preserve the non-dataless contents of your sync root.”
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