Since several years softwares seems to be designed by people that have top of the range resources (which is normal since their hardware and connections are their tools of the trade) BUT that somehow don't have contact with "normal" people, using a few years old PC (or phone) and having slow internet for one reason or the other.
How does something like that ship? That’s going to affect virtually every Office user. Why not just filter out files that won’t sync and warn the user?
The thing constantly overrides user-set preferences: fonts, colors, and worst of all - default apps. Reports usage data to Microsoft with no way to turn it off. An update mechanism that lives its own dominating life, interrupting user workflow whenever it wants.
Once something like Classic Shell was installed, it was pretty slick and reliable.
My last Windows machine now runs 10 begrudgingly, and compared to my daily drivers MacOS and Ubuntu, it's a shockingly inconsistent operating system. I don't rely on it for "real work" thankfully.
This might be the Second Law of Thermodynamics at work, but seriously, I don't understand how these things got shipped.
C:\Users\Rumpelstiltskin\OneDrive - Rumpelstiltskin's Gold Spinning Services Inc.\
subst X: C:\Users\Rumpelstiltskin\OneDrive - Rumpelstiltskin's Gold Spinning Services Inc.\
Eventually I settled on abbreviating company names and putting OneDrive in C:\OD, so:
C:\OD\OneDrive - RGSS\Shared Folder\
C:\OD\RGSS\Rumpelstiltskin - Shared Folder\
The blacklisted file types are frequently changing, tanking your sync performance, and the client applications that use them communicate directly with their backend services.
I'm not saying it's a good reason, but it's not completely arbitrary.
We made the decision two years ago to run our company on OneDrive, and we've experienced almost everything covered in this article (except the .pst and one-note file issues because we don't use them).
That being said, I don't really know of a good alternative. It mostly works. Until those really random days when it just chokes on something and you have no idea why. And then you can be effed.
I backup the partition every month or tow just to make sure.
If anyone has ideas (and I've got non-tech users across windows and Mac), I'd love to hear about it. Honestly, if I could run something else covering a few dozen gigs of documents, I would.
Honestly it’s not great (esp. the UIs which definitely need improvement) but it seems much less erratic than OneDrive. Plus they have frequent updates and they seem to read the questions on the support forum so I’m cautiously hopeful it’ll improve over time.
However the best document sharing experience I had was with Jive. It’s what Sharepoint should have been. You get a nice, powerful intranet and a great plugin for Office which makes editing a shared, online file as easy and seamless as a local one. Unfortunately they don’t have a SaaS model (last time I checked) so you have to buy the software and set up and manage the infra yourself.
I agree that uploading is on the slow side and have encountered the OneNote errors the author refers to. However, suggesting that somehow in 2018 2FA in a mainstream online service should be on by default borders to insanity. I must spend 10 minutes to explain to a normal person what 2FA is, and almost everyone loses interest afterwards. His Windows Hello criticism is also irrelevant, since it is completely optional and easily ignored.
For something that should be the rock on which to build the MS consumer cloud, it still looks like a me-too Dropbox clone.
That's most likely because you have Comcast or some other crappy broadband provider with plans like "150mbps down/10mbps up."
Too bad Dropbox upgrades are expensive in comparison because it has no in between plans. 2GB free or 1TB for $120/yr. In comparison, Google Drive 100GB plan is $24/yr.
I also use CrashPlan, because cloud storage isn't backup. :)
Somehow Dropbox can make cloud sync work, Box can make cloud sync work, Google can make cloud sync work, ...
How is that?
Microsoft can take it or leave it. They've already got your money.
Agreed, and I flagged the article (please do so, so that the mods see it).