OneDrive is a very handy and nice Cloud service from Microsoft. It has got most of the common features like automatic photo upload and you are even getting some additional things like streaming music from your OneDrive to all your devices through Groove Music. However, about half a year ago Microsoft made one major change in their desktop application which made it kind of useless if you haven’t synced all your OneDrive folders with your local device.
Previously Microsoft used to display placeholders for files which are save only in the cloud but are not displayed locally on your PC. Now you can only brows and look at the folders and files you have store locally on your PC as well as on OneDrive. So if you are using a Surface Tablet for example with limited storage and you want to have a look at your music folder you always need to use the browser for this job. At least in my case since this folder has over 100GB and that would be just too much for my 128GB Surface.
Gladly Microsoft has announced that they will finally come up with a solution for that problem. They are planning a release of a universal OneDrive app for Windows 10 before the end of Q2. In the Universal app you will then be able to browser through all your files just like in the web app or on your Windows 10 Mobile device. By the end of Q2, that still a bit to wait, however, there is a way how you can install the app today.
How to: Install unpublished universal OneDrive app:
- Download the unpublished app from Mega.nz and extract the .rar file once the download has finished
- Click on Start and open Settings, click on ‘Update & security’ –> ‘For developers’ –> and check ‘Developer mode’
- Now where you are officially a developer, open Cortana and type in ‘Windows PowerShell’, in the search results right-click and click on ‘Run as administrator’ like shown in the screenshot below:
- Once you have opened Windows PowerShell as administrator, copy the following line and click enter: Add-AppxPackage C:\Users\your-user-name\Downloads\onedrive-UWP.appxbundle
- That’s it, only step left is to wait until the installation is finished and you are ready to go.
If you have a look at the version number of the OneDrive Universal app, you will notice that it is almost the same version as the one for Windows 10 Mobile. On Mobile device Microsoft has published version 17.10 just a few days ago, while the version on Desktops is build 17.10.1.
Overall the app is looking pretty much the same like the one for mobile devices. Kind of obvious since it is a universal app, however, here are some screenshots to give you an impression of the app anyway.
Feel free to drop me a comment below with your opinion on the new Universal OneDrive app and stay tuned for more Microsoft related news in the future.