Sharing Group Files with External Users
We urgently need the ability to share folders or files that reside in Group Libraries with External Users. At the moment it is not permitted. Only folders or files within my personal OneDrive for Business library can be shared externally.
We’ve made a recent change where when a group is created, the site associated with that group will allow sharing to external users. To change the policy on existing sites, you can learn more here: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/SharePoint/Upcoming-change-Updating-default-sharing-setting-for-Office-365/m-p/127214
Chris Webb commented
This is an older post, but still not marked done, Group files are sharepoint files, and sharepoint files cna be shared with anyone if it's configured so Bascially this item is done.
I just wanted to reiterate the comments that missing this feature is a serious flaw that is standard functionality in Dropbox and Box... and can only be implemented in Sharepoint, which is overkill for most small businesses.
This is critical and we've been waiting for a year. We're close to abandoning OneDrive and moving to Box which is far superior in this and in other areas.
Brian Mather commented
Absolutely. And please, where is the MS team feedback here for an item that has 50 votes and is open since 2015? You should take a leaf from the book of the PowerBI team, they engage constantly with the community and the community rewards them with great loyalty and feedback.
This is really required, otherwise "Groups" will never be able to replace a "teamsite" for collaboration on small projects (which it should if I understand the roadmap correctly).
We need this feature too
I completely agree! OneDrive is rendered useless without this feature that works flawlessly with Dropbox.....
We need this feature too. This is big hole in Office 365 Groups. I can understand not allowing external users to be members but limiting this is affecting user adoption at multiple clients right now.
This is a mandatory feature.
We've spent hours trying to share files from group libraries with external users.
Even Microsoft support didn't know. The support guy and his boss were not aware that this is not possible. The 3rd engineer told them that this feature is not implemented.
Looking forward ...