imageSome time ago, Microsoft has announced that the OneDrive for Business client which is included in Office 2013/2016 will be unified with the OneDrive consumer client which is included with Windows.

After a long wait, announcement has been made that the public preview was here – see http://blog.hametbenoit.info/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=730

So, I have received the notification to get the new client. I will no go through the installation steps are this is really simple: you need to download and install a new client and set few registry settings (if you got the notification, you have all the details – PS the link to download the updated client is in a Word document)

So, I have installed this preview and so far it starting to reconcile me with the OneDrive for Business client Smile

So, once you have installed the new client, you will have 2 options: adding your OneDrive for consumer account (if not yet already done with the “original” client) and your OneDrive for Business account

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When adding a business account, you will be automatically set to synchronize your OneDrive for Business space (no, no option to synchronize SharePoint library now, maybe in a future release) and you will be able to select which folder(s) you want to synchronize as with the OneDrive for consumer

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Also, it seems there has been big improvements in the performance as after about 3 hours synching my OneDrive for Business, almost 50% has been already done (with the previous version it took between 1 1/2 day and 2 days to get it synchronize with the same amount of data)

Last but not least, it seems you can also add multiple business account as the button Add a business account is still available after adding mine. I did not tested it yet but definitively will.