The new OneDrive Sharepoint experience changes the way synchronization works for Sharepoint, improving it on several levels.
Working with synced libraries is still a subpar experience because Windows is still unaware of many functionalities of Sharepoint:
Metadata columns - they can't be seen or used as search terms. If a custom metadata column is "required" instead of "optional", synced share becomes read-only. Firstly, Metadata columns should sync and viewable in explorer. They should also be editable (if the user has permissions).
Views - The default views from Sharepoint should also sync to Explorer and the user should be able to use his own custom views, or the site's.
This would bring a great level of consistency and integration of the desktop and online experiences.
I think this is absolutely critical for the success of Sharepoint, because using explorer is much faster. We are using a 3rd tool called Colligo Engage to facilitate this, but the program is a bit buggy and the Sync is not as good as Onedrive Sync Client. We are using it as a workaround, but it's not ideal. I hope Microsoft can improve on this.
A cool feature would be to choose some meta columns to turn them into a folder structure when synced to the client. Like grouped views.
This would be awesome. It would also really improve the use of non-Office programs in the Sharepoint world, as you can open anything from the sync'd folder on your machine, whereas from Sharepoint in a browser, you're limited to Office only. Please! (also would be great to check out from Win explorer for the same reason - using non-Office software)
Actually, this is a BIG stopper for SP adoption in our organization, users like to have local replicas of some files but if you enable mandatory metadata input , the local replica becomes read only, thus unusable to the user, who then makes other copies of the file in another place.
Adrian Ruben Dogar commented
Exploring and managing files is lot faster in Explorer rather than SharePoint. OneDrive Sync makes it possible But Metadata is not accesible in Explorer. The main reason of using Sharepoint library is Metadata browsing. The weak spot is file handling (due to page refresh, zero-to-upload/download time is to large) but this is blinded by the Sync option. One problem left: Metadata. PLSSSSS