Allow folders to be shared/co-owned with access/sync the same for all co-owners
You can do this with competing consumer cloud storage systems. OneDrive should offer that functionality as well.
Users would be able to add shared folders to their own OneDrive, syncing the folders on their computer like any other OneDrive folders.
Hi all -
I’m excited to let you know that we’ve begun rolling out Shared Folder sync on OneDrive. We can’t wait for you to start using it!
How does it work? We have a new action on OneDrive, called “Add to my OneDrive.” Whenever you are using OneDrive on the web, or through the mobile app, you’ll see this when you are browsing content that others have shared with you. Clicking “Add to my OneDrive” will add that folder to your OneDrive. From then on, whenever you browse your OneDrive, you’ll be able to see any of the shared folders you’ve added. And on the sync client, when you select what folders to sync, you’ll see all the shared folders you’ve added. Select the shared folder(s) you want and they’ll immediately begin syncing to your PC or Mac.
We’re rolling this out which takes some time, and of course you may get it before your friend who also wants it (try not to rub it in). Shared Folder sync is available on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and MacOS. Windows 8.1 users will need to upgrade to Windows 10 to get this feature. Note that you’ll only be able to sync shared folders where you have Editor permissions.
Let us know how Shared Folders work for you – and go sync those files!
Stefan Tucker commented
@Omar, thank you very much for keeping us up to date. I feel much better knowing that feature is on its way. Take your time to do it right. :-)
It must come with the addition of support for OneDrive on local accounts.
I cannot believe I am to rely on an internet connection in Australia to maintain shared files across a couple of machines. Please hurry up.
MS buy out Dropbox, their programmers could've done this in one weekend... You: 3 months "working on it"
[Deleted User] commented
Looks like I'm heading back to dropbox
Omar, are you there ?
Ya this is absolutely TERRIBLE! Our business came over from dropbox and I'm about to switch back and not look back.. Basic functionality that has apparently been requested for some time..
Omar Shahine please you as a Group Program Manager at MS - please know - MS has a mass of customers in small business and also in business networks, where people work together without sitting in one company (means having their own different domains; so how could they ever use an office365 setup with data-sharing?). Please do not fight against users! (MS made it impossible for SkyShellEX since 8.1 ; Goodsync is still working - for how long?) So PLEASE make it possible to sync shared OneDrive Folders with the original OneDrive client! And PLEASE tell us when approximately it will be done!
Are there any news about co-owned folders since August 21, 2014 ?
Michael McNally commented
Very important: the ability for a OneDrive for Business Customer to be able to share files with someone who is not a OneDrive for Business customer.
Currently, there are two completely different products called OneDrive. I like irony as much as anyone, but this is just confusing for customers. Also, it shouldn't matter if the invite is sent from a user's OneDrive for Business folder or from a Sharepoint folder. Internally, both invites work identically. Externally, only one will allow the invitee to sync. Even more confusing!
Phillip Haydon commented
What's the ETA on this?
I also forgot: when the owner unshares a folder, the owner should have the choice on whether to let the others keep the content, or to have the content removed from their account too.
Now, what about files that the collaborates added to the owner's share? Should those files be wiped too? Dropbox has an interesting take on this: you can ONLY remove all copies of a file IF you are the one who originally created it. So, even though I'm the owner of the share, I cannot delete my colleague's files. I can only choose to remove what I created/originally shared.
To elaborate on the "NTFS-like" permissions -- one area that Dropbox doesn't have right (but Box does), is that when a folder is shared, the owner should have complete control over who can have what type of access:
4. Full control (meaning, you can modify the permissions)
5. And to all of the above: the ability to do so on ONLY his/her own files, or on the other files in the share too
Ola H commented
I agree with you Michael. As it is now it is not so good for collaboration. You ideas are good, and wanted.
This is important to me because I collaborate with my colleagues on certain projects. I don't understand why OneDrive does not provide that option. I've only found collaboration to be possible by logging in to the OneDrive.com website.
Also, I'm going to make another suggestion: provide Windows NTFS-like permissions on shared items, including: Full Control, Modify (Edit, Delete, Create), Read-Only.
Currently, users can only Create or Delete items in a share, but are unable to rename. Only the owner can.
Similar to Dropbox
[Deleted User] commented
Was happy about my free 1TB Onedrive with Office 365 and wanted to change from Gdrive ... but with this shit it´s totally useless!
Christian Hartung commented