The experts say that Windows 10 Redstone most probably will bring improved new features and screenshots made in a recent preview build, which shows that Microsoft will let users back up their passwords, Start menu layouts, and accounts in the cloud.
In fact, this feature was available in builds between 14257 and 14278 and it was removed in the latest build. However, considering the fact that similar options were already available in Windows 8.1, it’s crystal clear that Microsoft wants to bring them back alongside the Redstone update.
The new OneDrive functionality is listed under the Update & Security menu option in Settings, and when clicking on Backup, users are provided with a new set of options which include “Back up to OneDrive.”
“Make it easier to get your preferred settings and apps on a new device,” the description of the new feature reads, adding that you can “back up settings like my Start screen layout, accounts, and passwords.”
In addition, users can schedule backups, enable automatic backups, or remove the ones they don’t need.
Apart from the fact that OneDrive integration is getting better features in Windows 10, there’s one feature which users expect to see returning in the Redstone update. However, this feature doesn’t currently get enough attention from Microsoft.
Placeholders for OneDrive debuted with Windows 8.1, though they were removed after Windows 10 was launched. Then Microsoft offered standard sync options instead.
Placeholders let users browse contents of their OneDrive accounts without downloading anything straight from File Explorer. Once opening a file, it was automatically downloaded, thus making browsing very fast without the need for any other application or client.
Despite the fact that Microsoft looks a bit more focused on other options at the moment, the above-mentioned functionality is expected to return in the Redstone update.
Redstone is scheduled to appear this summer, meaning that more hints at the comeback of placeholders should be revealed in the nearest future.