Microsoft’s efforts to promote Microsoft 365 know no bounds. The main machine at Blue Dot Net is running on Windows 11 Beta, and after a recent update, some unique changes have emerged – including a new option in the File Explorer’s address bar to back up to OneDrive, complete with dynamic effects.
We scoured Microsoft’s recently published blogs but found no mention of this feature, so it’s likely that these dynamic effects were only added recently, and Microsoft has not addressed them in their blog posts.
Previously, OneDrive only supported the backup of files located within the OneDrive folder. Following an update, Microsoft expanded OneDrive’s functionality to back up external folders, albeit limited to desktop and user subfolders, such as documents.
Now, when opening these types of folders, the address bar displays the “Backup to OneDrive” option along with the dynamic effect. Clicking on it prompts whether to back up to OneDrive.
If users wish to cancel the backup, they must delete the corresponding folder in OneDrive’s client settings under synchronization. Of course, Microsoft’s main focus is to entice more users to use OneDrive, as the default 5GB of storage is scant – hardly enough for most users. This leaves them with no option but to purchase additional OneDrive storage or subscribe to Microsoft 365.
Version Information: Windows 11 Beta Build 22631.2129
Microsoft continues to add appealing functionalities to its operating system, subtly steering users towards its other services.