MC261538 – (Updated) Microsoft Lists: Sync your lists for improved performance and offline access (archived)

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*For this entry exists the more relevant or more recent entry MC277196

check before: 2021-06-25


Microsoft Lists, Office app, OneDrive, SharePoint, Windows, Windows 10


mobile, Online, US Instances, Web, Windows Desktop, World tenant


In development

Change type:

Admin impact, New feature, Updated message, User impact




Updated September 03, 2021: We have updated the content below to provide additional clarity. Thank you for your feedback.
Lists sync lets you work on your lists offline, improves performance on all kinds of networks, and helps alleviate list throttling. Common operations on lists, such as changing list views, sorting, filtering, and grouping will happen locally and finish quickly even on very large lists. All of these operations will continue to work when you are offline or lose your Internet connection. Once reconnected to the Internet, your edits upload from your device to the cloud and you can resolve merge conflicts, if there are any.
The new Lists sync functionality will be on by default for all eligible lists (see Edit lists offline article for a list of current restrictions) and users will have the option to stop syncing any list. If users delete a list or lose access to a list it will be automatically unsynced from the local device.
Lists sync is currently only supported on Windows devices (Windows 10 or later) that have the OneDrive sync app installed.
Lists sync is powered by a new general-purpose sync engine that gets packaged, installed, and updated through the OneDrive sync app’s existing update mechanism.
The data is stored in a local database under the user’s profile directory and requests are handled through a secure localhost HTTP server. Lists sync runs as a separate background process (Microsoft Nucleus.exe).
When Lists sync is on, you’ll see a new icon next to the title of the list.

[Key points:]
Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68809
Timing: we will begin gradually rolling out the new functionality to Production starting in early September (previously August) with anticipated completion in late October (previously September).
Rollout: tenant level
Control type: user and admin control
Action: review and assess
Edit lists offline
Use Group Policy to control Lists sync settings

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Release Phase:
General Availability



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