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Microsoft today announced that it is rolling out a new feature for its OneDrive app for Windows users. The new feature Known Folder Move allows users to automatically move their stored data in known folders to OneDrive.

Users with data stored in Desktop, Documents, Pictures can now be uploaded to the cloud without effecting the productivity. The data is uploaded in the background to the OneDrive and users can move all the data to OneDrive and vice versa on other devices.

However for users to be able to use this feature you would need to sign in with the same Microsoft account on all the devices. This Known Folder feature is expected to be made available to Insiders starting this week and will be rolled out to all users by end of next month.

Microsoft is also introducing new options for the IT admins with the new feature which lets the IT admins to set up group policies for users in the network who would like to configure Known Folder Move and upload the data to OneDrive.

The IT admins will also be able to redirect Windows known folders to OneDrive without the users getting notified of the upload. The admins have also been given the rights to prevent users from redirecting the Windows known folders.

In a statement Microsoft explains: “This setting lets you redirect your users’ Documents, Picture, and Desktop folders to OneDrive without user interaction. This policy works when all known folders are empty, and on folders redirected to a different OneDrive account. We recommend using this policy together with “Prompt users to move Windows known folders to OneDrive,”.

The new Known Folder Move feature is available and works with all the Windows versions which are currently being supported by Microsoft, meaning, users with Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows 10 will be able to take advantage of the new feature.

Any of our users enrolled as Windows 10 Insiders, do let us know if you have received the new feature and your first impressions, in the comments below.

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