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Microsoft Announces Termination of OneDrive’s URL Upload Capability

Microsoft removes URL upload feature from OneDrive on March 29th. It allowed uploading files from web links but wasn't widely used


has announced it will terminate the URL file upload feature for the consumer version of its OneDrive service. Introduced in 2021 as a preview, the capability allowed users to upload files from the web directly to their OneDrive account by providing a link to the file's URL. Aimed at simplifying the file upload process—especially for mobile device users by eliminating the need to first download files onto their devices—this feature has now been deemed misaligned with Microsoft's vision for OneDrive and insufficiently utilized to justify its maintenance costs.

Technical Details and Usage Insights

The URL upload feature was tailored to help users save bandwidth and on their devices. Upon providing a web URL of a file, OneDrive would download the file directly from its source to the user's cloud storage. This offered a streamlined way to transfer remote files without intermediate steps. Nevertheless, Microsoft's review found that the feature saw low engagement from the OneDrive user base, coupled with significant operational expenses, leading to the decision to phase out this service. Despite its initial promise, the feature struggled to find widespread adoption among OneDrive's audience.

Future Changes and User Impact

Set to be discontinued on March 29, 2024, the URL upload function's cessation comes as part of Microsoft's broader strategy to refine OneDrive's capabilities and user interface. Users who have utilized this feature previously will not lose access to their already uploaded files, as these will remain in their OneDrive accounts.

This announcement follows Microsoft's introduction of a redesigned OneDrive interface for personal users earlier this year, aimed at reducing clutter and enhancing file discovery through new filters and a streamlined creation process for new documents. These updates reflect Microsoft's ongoing efforts to enhance user experience and focus on features that resonate with their user base's needs.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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