Introducing OneDrive for Business for iOS v1.2

Mark Kashman (@mkashman) is a senior product manager on the SharePoint marketing team.

SkyDrive Pro is now OneDrive for Business. And with this change, we’re introducing the most recent update, OneDrive for Business for iOS v1.2.

We introduced SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.0  in June 2013 and SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 in October 2013. OneDrive for Business for iOS v1.2 delivers on our promise to continue bringing you innovation that fuels your productivity.

OneDrive for Business for iOS v1.2 does more than simply introduce the new branding for OneDrive for Business, replacing SkyDrive Pro branding. It enables a broader range of customers to connect to their OneDrive for Business content—by making it accessible to SharePoint Online dedicated customers and some on-premises configurations. We’ve also fine-tuned the OneDrive for Business for iOS app to run better on iOS 7.

Let’s see how it works.

The iOS app gets the new OneDrive for Business branding

The new OneDrive for Business branding, already on our revamped OneDrive for Business website, is starting to land in the various platform apps. The OneDrive for Business for iOS app is one of the first out of the gate, in addition to the OneDrive for Business for the Windows Store, with all other platforms—including the web interface in Office 365—coming soon.


The OneDrive for Business for iOS app login screen.


The main screen for working with files in your OneDrive for Business for iOS app.

OneDrive for Business for iOS v1.2 now supports SharePoint Online dedicated customers

Previous versions of OneDrive for Business for iOS focused on connecting to the multi-tenant environment of Office 365. Office 365 for dedicated systems are separate from the multi-tenant infrastructure and use both Windows NT LAN Manager (NTLM) and forms-based authentication (FBA) protocols. Now, with v1.2, SharePoint Online dedicated customers can download the iOS app from the App Store and seamlessly connect to their personal OneDrive for Business files and folders.

Support of common on-premises authentication configurations

If your SharePoint 2013 on-premises server is configured using NTLM (including Windows Claims) or FBA authentication for sign-in, then you will be able to configure your environment to be available to the OneDrive for Business for iOS app. These authentication types are additive to what was previously supported in previous versions – the Office 365 Org-ID (with or without federated ADFS).

Soon, we’ll be publishing configuration documentation to TechNet that further explains the supported authentication types and configurations methods. We’ll update this post once the article is live.

Please review the full OneDrive for Business for iOS authentication matrix.


The user authentication process for NTLM. 







The user authentication process for FBA.       





Learn more about NTLM and FBA on TechNet.

Improved iOS 7 support

We continue to refine the experience on the iOS platform as iOS updates roll out. Many of the improvements have been made in the user interface and performance. For example, we made the look and feel more consistent, we improved the user experience based on user feedback, we redesigned the toolbar layout, and we refreshed the app, share, and offline icons to more align with the iOS design patterns.

What do you want to see next from OneDrive for Business for iOS? Let us know in the comments section below, after you play with the latest version. Help shape the future of file, sync, share.

–Mark Kashman



Q:  Which Office 365 multi-tenant plans can use the OneDrive for Business for iOS v1.2 app?

A:  The OneDrive for Business for iOS v1.2 app is designed for Office 365 for business users who have usage rights to OneDrive for Business. Specifically, these plans are:  Office 365 Small Business (P1), Office 365 Small Business Premium (P2), Office 365 Midsize Business, Office 365 Enterprise E1, E3, and E4, Office 365 Education A2, A3, and A4, and Office 365 government G1, G3, and G4. Please note that Kiosk users and external users do not have usage rights for OneDrive for Business personal storage.

Q. Does this announcement apply to Office 365 dedicated subscribers?

A. Yes. The OneDrive for Business for iOS v1.2 app does support Office 365 dedicated plans.

Q. Does this announcement apply to customers who have deployed SharePoint 2013 on-premises?

A. Yes. The OneDrive for Business for iOS v1.2 app does support some SharePoint on-premises configurations (NTLM & FBA). We are committed to providing customers access to their OneDrive for Business in SharePoint 2013 on-premises. We also recently introduced new capabilities in SharePoint 2013 SP1 to more seamlessly connect on-premises investments to OneDrive for Business in Office 365. More information to be shared at SharePoint Conference 2014 (March 3-6 in Las, Vegas); we will link to the relevant information once it has been posted next week.

Q. Does this announcement apply to Office 365 Home Premium subscribers?

A. No. OneDrive for Business is not the same as OneDrive. The “for Business” is based on SharePoint, enterprise-grade content management. Thus, this article does not apply to Office 365 Home Premium, which combines the latest Office applications with 20 GB of OneDrive storage, which can then be accessed via the OneDrive for iOS app.

Q. If I already have the SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 app installed, do I need to uninstall it first?

A. No. Users will get a standard update notification and OneDrive for Business for iOS v1.2 will install (overwrite) the previous SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1. In fact, on iOS 7 the default setting is to auto-update apps when new updates are available, so for many users this will happen in the background.

Q. Does the OneDrive for Business for iOS app support multi-factor authentication (MFA)?

A. The OneDrive for Business for iOS app does support App passwords. If the user knows ahead of time that they need to request an app password, they then can use it to login instead of their original user name and password combination.

Q. What is OneDrive for Business?

A. OneDrive for Business is personal cloud storage for the employees of organizations. With OneDrive for Business, you can upload, browse, and share files across all of your devices, including accessing your most recently used files. And you get all of the security and tools that SharePoint Online offers to help you be more productive at work. To learn more, please visit the new OneDrive for Business website.


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