OneDrive users have been asking for a differential sync feature for the cloud storage service for some time. The feature would only sync parts of files that have been updated instead of syncing everything, which would save time and bandwidth. Microsoft has now revealed it will be introducing differential sync to OneDrive in the second quarter of this year.
First reported by ZDNet, Microsoft has updated OneDrive’s roadmap to reflect that differential sync will be introduced sometime between March and May. The feature means OneDrive will check to see what parts of a file, such as Word documents, have been edited on a user’s device and will only upload and sync the bits that have been changed.
The result will be less data usage and faster sync times.