In the last week Microsoft released a public preview of the OneDrive for Mac software. The software is currently in the beta testing stage and is not yet finalized. This means that things might change between now and when the product is finally released; it also means that installing this beta version is not for everyone. If you are not comfortable troubleshooting issues in Finder on your Mac, for example, then you should wait for the final release.
The software requires Mac OS X version 10.9.5, or higher. When I tested it on a MacBook Pro, I found it easy to install and configure. The installation allows you to choose the location on your Mac for the local OneDrive folder, and then asks you to enter your Office 365 credentials. Once installed it places a cloud icon on your menu bar at the top of the screen. From that cloud icon you can see the progress of any synchronization that is taking place, as shown in the screen shot below:
In response to the problem listed in the above screen shot, I clicked on the “View Details” option which took me to the following window:
- There are no indicators, crosses or check marks, on the Finder icons for each file and folder you’re synchronizing, so it is not easy to see how well an individual file or folder is progressing. If you want to see a list of files that have failed then you’ll need to select “View Details” from the cloud icon on the menu bar as described above. If there are no issues then the “View Details” option is not present.
- You cannot synchronize SharePoint libraries that exist outside of your OneDrive.
Feedback about the OneDrive for Mac software can be provided to Microsoft here. While there you can vote for the features you would like to see, or suggest new ideas. I am looking forward to the final release of this handy product, and expect Microsoft will work to add further features to it over time.