The first day of the Microsoft Ignite event was full of announcements, but one particular piece of news attracted the attention of OneDrive fans: the comeback of placeholders. At the conference, Microsoft announced that placeholders would return under the name of “On-Demand Sync“.
If you don’t know what that is, placeholders used to let OneDrive users reserve a place on their PC for certain files or folders that were stored in the cloud. This procedure did not take up any storage space and allowed you to keep browsing and see or use all the files found in the cloud from the OneDrive folder without taking any space on your machine. Whenever you needed to use a certain file or folder, you could just click on them and only then would the OneDrive service start downloading them on your computer.
The feature has been available since Windows 8, but Microsoft then found it confusing for some reason and changed it with Windows 10. Even so, during the past year there have been some clues that placeholders might make a comeback and now we finally got the confirmation, even if the company uses a different name for them now.
Sadly, there is no official information as to when should we expect to see the On-Demand Sync feature arriving on Windows 10, but given the fact that it was recently revealed, we don’t think it should take that long. There’s no wonder many people complained that this feature was taken down, since it’s a very smart move to save up space and also access all the files in one go.
It seems that, unlike other occasions, Microsoft actually listened to its users and made this change. All that’s left is for users to do is to wait and see it implemented.
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