Microsoft replaces Teams Files with OneDrive for Teams

Microsoft is replacing the existing Files app in Microsoft Teams, where users can store files, with the OneDrive for Teams app. This gives users a consistent app experience within Microsoft 365 in which they can store and manage all their files.

the Files app in Microsoft Teams will soon be replaced by the updated OneDrive for Teams app. Microsoft wants to streamline the file storage and management policy, under the name OneDrive, within the Microsoft 365 platform for all underlying products.

According to Microsoft, this change should give end users better performance for their file storage and management within Teams and Microsoft 365 in general, based on recent updates to the OneDrive and Sharepoint library end experience.

Various AI functionality will also soon be added to the OneDrive application.

New functionality

In the new OneDrive application for Teams, users will receive a single page, OneDrive home, where they can see recent files and other content relevant to them. Consider Loop, Lists, Power BI and Whiteboard content that can be stored anywhere within Microsoft 365.

The For You section provides AI-based recommendations with thumbnails and recent updates on file activity.

In Shared view, every file, chat, channel, meeting or email shared with the user appears. The Meetings view shows upcoming and past meetings, including recordings and shared files. With People View, users can search for and view specific shared files or chats via people.

Favourites allow users to mark certain frequently used or important files and access these lists from OneDrive, Teams, File Explorer, other Microsoft 365 apps, and more.

Finally, the Recycle bin ensures that deleted files can be easily viewed and restored.

Microsoft replaces Teams Files with OneDrive for Teams

Third-party cloud storage app integration

There will also be another change for third-party cloud storage apps that currently integrate with the Files app within Teams. These apps will soon need their own app to work with the OneDrive application for Teams.

These apps are available for free within Teams, and Microsoft is working with these parties, such as Dropbox, to quickly expand the offering.

The new OneDrive application for Microsoft Teams within Microsoft 365 will be slowly rolled out from this month. This integration will also follow early next year for the (free) classic version of Microsoft Teams. For the latest version, the name Files in the app will be retained and will therefore not change to OneDrive for Teams.

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