If you’re one of the millions of people who signed up to sync your files and folders using Microsoft Onedrive in Windows 8, 8.1, or 10, you may be familiar with the concept of a “placeholder file”. For those of you who don’t, this file has the same name and file extension as the one that exists in your copy online stored on Microsoft’s servers, but it takes up very little space, making syncing your file collection quick and painless. Also known as selective sync on other services, it allows you to locally sync only the files and folders you need, while preserving the folder structure and lowering bandwidth requirements. The feature still exists in Windows 8.0 and 8.1, but it has been removed in Windows 10.
According to recent reports, however, Microsoft is adding the feature back under a new name: On-Demand Sync. It’ll work the same way as Onedrive’s Placeholders, and hopefully there’s cross-compatibility between devices from different platforms that make use of the Onedrive sync client currently. For those of you still using Windows 10 on a small SSD between 32GB in 128GB in size, you’ll soon be able to virtually address up to 1TB of files stored online in the cloud thanks to an Office 365 subscription.