OneDrive to get a major AI makeover in October

Microsoft has announced a special event for October 3rd where it will reveal its AI plans for OneDrive, its cloud storage service. The event, titled “The future of file management”, will be streamed live on Microsoft Teams and will showcase the next generation of file management across Microsoft 365.

What to expect from the OneDrive AI event

According to Microsoft’s announcement, the event will feature Jeff Teper, the corporate vice president of Microsoft 365, and the OneDrive product team. They will give a sneak peek at their AI plans which include new search, sharing, and information queries across all your files in OneDrive.

OneDrive to get a major AI makeover in October

The event will also likely include a demo of a redesigned OneDrive interface that will leverage AI to help users organize, find, and share their files more easily and efficiently. A leaked teaser video suggests that OneDrive’s AI capabilities will be similar to Microsoft’s Copilot, a generative AI product that assists users with various tasks in Office apps like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

Copilot uses natural language processing and deep learning to understand user intents and generate relevant suggestions and content. For example, Copilot can help users write emails in Outlook, create presentations in PowerPoint, or analyze data in Excel. Copilot can also answer questions and provide insights based on the user’s files and data.

OneDrive’s AI features could potentially offer similar benefits for users who store their files on the cloud service. For instance, OneDrive’s AI could help users sort their files into folders or categories based on their content or context. It could also help users search for files using natural language queries or keywords. Additionally, OneDrive’s AI could help users share their files with others by suggesting the best recipients or channels based on the file type or purpose.

Why OneDrive’s AI makeover matters

OneDrive is one of the most popular cloud storage services in the world, with over 250 million monthly active users. It is also an integral part of Microsoft 365, the company’s subscription-based suite of productivity apps and services. However, OneDrive has not received a major update for years and has lagged behind its competitors like Google Drive or Dropbox in terms of features and functionality.

By adding AI features to OneDrive, Microsoft aims to enhance its cloud storage service and make it more appealing and useful for its users. AI could help OneDrive users save time and effort by automating or simplifying common file management tasks. It could also help OneDrive users discover new insights or opportunities by providing them with relevant information or suggestions based on their files.

Moreover, by integrating OneDrive’s AI with Copilot’s AI, Microsoft could create a seamless and powerful experience for its Microsoft 365 users across different apps and services. Users could access their files from any device or platform and get assistance from AI at every step of their workflow. This could boost user productivity, creativity, and collaboration.

How to watch the OneDrive AI event

The OneDrive AI event will take place on October 3rd at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST / 6 PM CEST. The event will be live streamed on Microsoft Teams and anyone can join by registering for free. The event is expected to last for about an hour and will include a Q&A session with the speakers.

The event will take place just days after Microsoft’s “special event” in New York City on September 21st, where the company is rumored to launch three new Surface devices alongside promises of AI improvements to Microsoft 365, Windows, Bing, and more. We might even see some of these OneDrive changes at Microsoft’s September event, with a deeper dive during this October live stream.

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