Last year, Microsoft promised OneDrive for Business for Mac would be ready by the end of the year. It wasn't. However this week Microsoft finally released the first public preview.
The comes only two weeks after Microsoft announced that it was pulling the OneDrive consumer storage service and the OneDrive for Business storage together so that users will be able to sync shared folders across the entire system or selectively chose files to sync, just like products like Dropbox.
With the new OneDrive for Business for Mac, users will be able to do the same as well as access and use files in their OneDrive through the Mac Finder and manage and sync files in the same way they would with the existing application for Windows.
The OneDrive for Business client for Mac also allows users to access and take their OneDrive for Business files offline so users can access downloaded files without having to have access to an Internet connection.
However, the real draw is that the iOS app for mobile devices lets users access both their OneDrive for Business and OneDrive consumer accounts from the same app.
According to a blog post by Reuben Krippner, director on the Office 365 team, the release is the culmination of a number of moves to improve the mobile experience on Windows Phone and Android. "We’ve rolled out new mobile experiences across Android and Windows Phone, which allow people to connect to both their personal and business OneDrive storage from a single app," he noted.
The release, he said, rounds off the recent upgrades to mobile that were aimed at offering a single OneDrive experience across the entire Microsoft productivity portfolio. At the end of last summer, both the consumer and business services were integrated into a single apps for Android. Microsoft says that this is just the end of one cycle of investment in OneDrive.