We are starting to slowly change which files we tell the browser to try and display and which we tell it to download. Currently we tell the browser to attempt to display almost everything. As this change rolls out we will still be displaying a list of file types (below) in the browser, but everything else will now be downloaded as an attachment. We are using a rollout for this change which means that it could be a few weeks before this change impacts a given user.
Files that will still be attempted to display in the browser:
Now I know that “everything else” can ring some alarm bells, but we are not jumping into this without having some idea of what the impact will be. Over the last 7 days more than 96% of files that have been viewed are in this list that will continue to be displayed in the browser. Of the less than 4% of files remaining the vast majority are file types that browsers can’t display like Microsoft Word documents (.docx). Because of this we anticipate very little impact to the user experience when viewing and downloading files.
We can’t guarantee that there will be no impact however, there is a long tail of file types in the less than 4% of files that will be forced to download. Furthermore 7 days of data doesn’t give us an exhaustive list of file types to check. If there are any concerns about specific file types or issues that arise please reach out.