create anonymous guest links on the folder just like files in OD4B
For files you can create anonymous guest links on the file and set it to be view/edit and require sign-in or not but you can't for a folder.
In the consumer version of OneDrive you can do this on folders. Please make this available in OD4B. This is a huge missing feature that may cause us to go back to Dropbox.
Thanks for the suggestion. You can now create anonymous links to folders in OneDrive and SharePoint. Admins can also control whether anonymous links are available to users within the tenant.
Please do make sure to take in account short links.
The extremely long links are rather unusable in decent correspondence, impossible to SMS around and of course there are third party alternatives - not to mention the evident rudeness on the URL if one sets an expiration date.
If the [free] consumer version has the ability to shorten URLs, why not the paid one?
Of course, we all can use third party shorteners like googl. That's not only tedious but just plain silly.
We've been looking into migrate our entire organization (approx. 2.000 global users) into a cloud platform (Office 365 vs Google Apps) after numerous meetings and presentation from respective vendors and a migration committee we formed with our users form different part of the world, one of the major down falls of 365 compared to the competition is this exact issue which is possible with others, Google, Dropbox....
This would be a HUGE win for Microsoft
This really needs to happen. It's the one thing preventing our conversion from Dropbox.
Markus Thiel commented
Great! I thought i am the only ohne who needs something like that.
Sharing folders without permission is a must-have and should be available. I think there should be a way to make it safe. A read only link at the first step would be sufficient.
Yes, we opened a case with Microsoft about this and they told us it was because of "security" that they do not allow this. Of course this doesn't really make sense.
We are trying to use OneDrive as our main file sharing application replacing Accellion. We may have to look elsewhere if the sharing isn't improved.
Another example is being able to share multiple files anonymously. You can't click on multiple files and share them.
What security is this really providing?
Julian King commented
This is a huge drawback to OneDrive. I can understand the potential security risk if this is enabled by default, but there's no reason why you shouldn't be able to manage this through the O365 admin console for specific users or data. I've supplied my maximum of 3 votes to this.
Even worse is that you can't create a download link even file specific with any Office document. The only way around this is to zip multiple files and then it turns into a file download.
Please add this as soon as possible. We provide teaching material to customers that are not in our office team, but can get all files in a shared folder with DropBox. We simply do not have time to reshare our files from the last 3 years link by link to do a proper porting from DB to OneDrive.
When we realized this was not possible we dropped our plans to standardize on OneDrive, so I would view it as essential.
Roger Schmidt commented
Add me to this list of people who don't understand why this feature is not available in O365.
What else can we do than using other products like DropBox or Google Drive?
There is an analogous post office365.uservoice.com, for which voting has already been closed:
Can anyone from Microsoft comment on why this is a feature in the consumer version but not available to business users? Seems like it's an obvious lack of a feature that your competitors offer.
yes, badly need, perhaps if there was an ability to select multiple files and share as guest that could also work please advise - thank you
I couldn't agree more!
Sharing a folder without the need for authentication would be great!
Rodrigo Frias commented
Definitely a MUST in OneDrive for Business like is in the personal version. Many third parties do not want to create a new Microsoft account to access the info
This is a critical feature. We are a large organization and our users are turning to other providers to share documents and files with people outside of our organization without making them sign up or in.
Google Docs is very easy, I can just send the link to anyone and they can easily open it without signing in..........please fix!!!
John Zhou commented
I don't know why OneDrive for business does not allow anonymous access to a folder. This is a standard feature for other cloud based storage. Please implement this as soon as possible