Microsoft (finally) release new OneDrive for Business Sync Client

For those of us who have spent any time at all around Microsoft SharePoint, Office 365 and OneDrive for Business, it has long been acknowledged that the OneDrive for Business sync client has been, quite simply, rubbish. Unless you treat it with kid gloves, the sync would simply stop working, and require manual repair to clear the logjam and get things flowing again. Hardly a robust and reliable business solution.

Ironically, the entirely unrelated yet almost-identically-named OneDrive sync client has been a reliable, robust product, yet aimed squarely at the consumer market.

Well shout hallelujah. After publically acknowledging these shortcomings for what feels like a very long time, Microsoft has finally released a new sync client to address these issues. Not only does it address these issues, but it also merges the functionality of the two previously separate sync clients into one.

Lost yet? I can understand if you are a bit confused. Microsoft has a long track record of confusing product names, and the whole OneDrive vs OneDrive-for-Business thing is more of the same.

So here’s the short version. If you use Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft OneDrive or Microsoft OneDrive for Business, you would do well to check that you are using the new sync client. If you have been holding off using any of these things because of the sync issues, now is the time to jump in and try it out.

Head over to this Microsoft page to check if you have the new client already installed, and if not, get it installed. It is a very easy process but of course, if you do need any help, you know where to find us.

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When not looking at ways to use technology to create a competitive advantage for his clients and build better businesses, Ben is a husband, busy father of boys, avid gardener, and keen runner and cyclist.

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