Last month Microsoft introduced a new feature for OneDrive users called Files On-Demand or rather reintroduced an old feature. The Feature is finally available to try out for insider preview users running Windows 10 Build 16215.
For the feature to be available they have to be on the latest build i.e. 16215 and then they have to install an update for the one drive software which will enable the feature. What this feature does is it download the files from one drive when you use them instead of downloading the whole folder and hence wasting the precious space.
This feature is based on the Placeholders feature that Windows 8.1 used to have before it was cut from Windows 10. This feature is new and improved version of the placeholders feature with enhanced symbols which shows the files that are available to be used offline in Windows Explorer.
The empty cloud means that the file is in the cloud but not on the device, the green check mark denotes that the file is synced to a device and the solid green checkmark means that these files were manually synced by the user. This also means that all the apps on the desktop will be able to access the synced files as the client stores it directly in OneDrive folder.
Microsoft is planning to bring back the placeholders feature that has been missing from windows 10 by the name of OneDrive Files On-Demand. The feature will be available in the Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update.