back to article Microsoft sends OneDrive URL upload feature to the cloud graveyard

Microsoft has abruptly pulled a feature from OneDrive that allows users to upload files to the cloud storage service directly from a URL. The feature turned up as a preview in 2021 and was intended for scenarios "where the file contents aren't available, or are expensive to transfer," according to Microsoft. It was …

  1. t245t Silver badge
    Boffin

    Microsoft OneDrive URL upload feature

    Microsoft sends OneDrive URL upload feature to the cloud graveyard

    Possible because it could be used for URL spoofing or hacking your cloud storage service ?

    1. yetanotheraoc Silver badge

      Re: Microsoft OneDrive URL upload feature

      If it could be used for those things, MS would be about the last to know about it. More likely as hinted in the article, usage was so meager they didn't want to pay for the minimum one server and one warm body to keep the service going.

      1. AMBxx Silver badge

        Re: Microsoft OneDrive URL upload feature

        This is the first I've heard of this. Shame as I have a very slow upload from here and often download large installers that I need to then store in OneDrive. Currently, I use a cloud PC to do the work but this would have been much easier.

        1. sedregj
          Windows

          Re: Microsoft OneDrive URL upload feature

          "Shame as I have a very slow upload from here and often download large installers that I need to then store in OneDrive"

          You have already described your upload speed as shite! Why not leave the large files where they are?

          My idea of slow is 300 baud - enough to be faster than my typing.

          1. Phones Sheridan Silver badge

            Re: Microsoft OneDrive URL upload feature

            "Why not leave the large files where they are?"

            Probably because they might not be there the next time you look? You can't rely on other people to keep their wares available for you to download.

  2. captain veg Silver badge

    'warning for users to be wary of anything from Microsoft prefixed with the word "Preview."'

    Or, it has to be said, anything whatsoever from Google.

    -A.

  3. Mike007 Bronze badge
    Pirate

    This .ru site has a solution

    Cue third party services that let you sign in with your Microsoft account and supply a URL that they promise will be transferred unmodified without looking at any of your other data.

    1. Test Man

      Re: This .ru site has a solution

      .ru site

      "they promise"

      No thanks.

    2. jimbot

      Re: This .ru site has a solution

      I seem to recall OneDrive modifying Microsoft Office files that get uploaded to it, adding some extra metadata or something.

      You can't rely on your files remaining unmodified.

  4. airbrush

    One drive locks up computers when you run out of storage, you can't easily opt out of it backing up pictures or whatever. I just uninstall it as soon as possible.

    1. Charlie Clark Silver badge

      It's also very slow. I don't know what mechanism they use for synching but in my experience it's a lot slower than DropBox or Google Drive. Then I remember: Sharepoint is in there somewhere doing its evil shit.

  5. Rafael #872397
    Mushroom

    Microsoft's "vision for OneDrive as a cloud storage service that syncs your files across devices."

    I was a OneDrive victim for three years and I assure you that it doesn't work at all as a cloud storage service that syncs your files across devices.

    1. David 132 Silver badge
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      Re: Microsoft's "vision for OneDrive….”

      I had an experience with Onedrive a couple of years ago that put me off it for life.

      I was doing dev work in Visual Studio. Hit F5 to build my project, and instead of building, it freaked out impressively, complaining that this, that, and the other sourcefile were missing.

      Cutting to the root cause, and skipping the panicked detective work - my employer’s IT department had chosen that moment, during office hours, to enable OneDrive, and were merrily migrating all my documents from %userprofile%. Every single one of my sourcefiles had been uploaded to The Holy Cloud, and not even a local symlink remained.

      So I pulled them back, nuked the OneDrive process and its startup keys with extreme prejudice (including the IT equivalent of “sowing the ground with salt”), and vowed to do my own backups from then on.

      1. Phones Sheridan Silver badge

        Re: Microsoft's "vision for OneDrive….”

        My problem with OneDrive is that it doesn't handle the same characters that the windows file structure does, so it refuses to back up files containing certain characters. At the very least include an option in windows to disable these characters, because no amount of user training will get Doris in admin to save her filenames differently.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Resilio Sync

    If you want your files synced across your devices, Resilio Sync is a better choice. It syncs your files across YOUR devices, no 'cloud' (somebody else's computer) needed.

    At this point, anybody using 'cloud' garbage should probably be charged with gross negligence.

    1. Crypto Monad Silver badge

      Re: Resilio Sync

      Ot there's syncthing, which is FOSS

      1. Necrohamster Silver badge
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        Re: Resilio Sync

        Another yes for syncthing here

    2. Julian 8 Silver badge

      Re: Resilio Sync

      I like that it is torrent based, so where I have some files scatted across multiple machines, they all pull from each other.

      I dont like that it is torrent based as if I go to a client, I can often get a visit from IT asking why I am torrenting on their network

      Not checked for a while, but there was not a client for IOS or Android and is why I use OneDrive for backing those devices up (mainly pictures)

      1. Mark #255
        Go

        Re: Resilio Sync

        Resilio sync has an Android client (for a couple of years)

    3. Sir Adelaide

      Re: Resilio Sync

      Only for small file volumes. Resilio reads the contents of every file to make its index, which takes days if you want to keep a terrabyte in sync, and resets when files in use change.

      Allway sync was decent, before it was killed off.

      Currently, I'd rather live with Dropbox' shortfalls than the pitfalls of the roll-your-own alternatives.

  7. Bebu Silver badge
    Windows

    Led Zeppelin...

    《... she's buying a stairway to Heaven

    There's a sign on the wall, but she wants to be sure

    'Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings

    Ain't that the truth in this game?

  8. PeterM42
    FAIL

    Ah - OneDrive

    The Devil's cloud storage.

    When you have lost your desktop, etc. once, you are more likely to do the RIGHT THING - retrieve your files, then delete OneDrive.

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