Microsoft is testing a new feature called Drop in the Canary version of the company’s Edge web browser. Drop allows Edge users to transfer files and notes between all Edge instances on all devices where Edge is used.
Internet users have several options when it comes to transferring files between devices. From saving files to external storage devices to using online file synchronization services. Soon, Edge users will be able to use Drop, a built-in feature to transfer files between devices using Microsoft’s OneDrive service as the backbone infrastructure.
To use Drop, Edge users must be signed in to a Microsoft account. It is the OneDrive storage of this Microsoft account that will be used for transfers. The OneDrive account must have enough free storage space, but that is the only other requirement.
Drop appears as an icon in the Edge sidebar on the right. There is also a preference under Settings > Appearance in Edge that adds the Drop icon to the main browser toolbar.
One click opens the Drop interface in Edge. A click on the plus icon opens a local file browser to select files, which are then uploaded to OneDrive. Drop supports batch file uploads; some media types are displayed as previews in the interface.
A text field is provided for writing notes, which are also accessible on all devices Edge is running on.
OneDrive is used for storage. Although there is no indication in the Drop interface at this time, Edge creates a new folder on OneDrive for the dropped items. The Microsoft Edge Drop Files folder lists all the files that have been transferred using Drop.
Notes are not appearing in the folder and may be synced using Microsoft Edge sync features.
Edge users who don’t want to use Drop can right-click the Drop icon to hide it from the sidebar. Not logging into Edge also makes the feature inaccessible.
Drop integrates OneDrive file transfers into the Edge browser. Some users may find the added option comfortable, especially if they use Edge a lot. Others may point out that it is quite easy to add files to the OneDrive folder on the device to transfer the files.
Drop supports sending notes, which OneDrive does not support in this way. Users can create text documents and add notes to them, or use other means, such as writing notes on paper instead.
An option to attach notes to uploaded files may be useful for some users, but is currently not supported.
Some Microsoft Edge users may find Drop useful, as it makes it a bit easier to send files and notes between devices, especially on mobile. OneDrive file restrictions apply, including a ban on uploading certain types of files to the service.
Now you: do you find the in-browser file transfer feature useful?