Microsoft has published the monthly Roadmap Roundup for OneDrive for the month of August. The firm details the improvements being made to the cloud storage service. For this month, though, the Redmond company has also highlighted a few capabilities in the Office suite of apps that leverage the cloud for collaboration between users.
The first feature that the company details is the ability to create tasks in Word and Excel directly through comments. The firm has begun integrating Tasks throughout the productivity suite as a unified experience. Users can @ mention colleagues and assign tasks based on the requirements. There is also the option to reassign these tasks by replying to the comments. Since Tasks integrates with services like Teams, these additions make it easier to track assigned changes to documents and more.
Another area of improvement brought to the service includes changes to comment notifications. Users will now receive email notifications when any Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other files uploaded by them to OneDrive or SharePoint are commented on. Additionally, users can opt to turn off email notifications for files right from the email via a toggle, or through the details pane on OneDrive.
Lastly, the company recapped the launch of the updated OneDrive experience for the Surface Duo. The app is tailored to leverage the dual screens and improve functionality. It also supports drag and drop – so users can drag files directly from one screen to apps like Outlook running on the adjacent screen, easily attaching documents. It also works the other way around to help quickly save attachments to desired folders. The company adds that the OneDrive app is “is fully integrated into the Surface Duo operating system”.