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!
Iain Hallam commented
Please don't force me to make people co-owners to get the files to sync - just sharing with them would be enough. I don't want everyone able to change permissions, just to have the files sync with their desktop and mobile devices.
(Though co-owners would be a great way of sharing permissions with people who should have those rights.)
Johny G. commented
Response from MS on Aug 21: "Working on it".
Shouldn't it be ready by now? It's not the first time this feature has been asked for.
Mark Lewis commented
Please implement on both Windows and Mac :D It's all that's missing
please implement the same for the Windows PC, too. This feature is a must for me have!
come on microsoft, don't push me to dropbox...
If you want more marketshare, fix this sh*t first.
simply see this post to see how needed this is http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/onedrive/forum/sdfiles-sdsharing/onedrive-shared-folder-sync-to-desktop/f6e69fbc-ada4-4faf-9790-fd0604262f56?page=1&tm=1413136705129
Trevor Odom commented
Just cross posted this in the Mac section, as it needs to be on all desktops/sync clients.
yes add this!
At home I have a personal (email)account.with OneDrive.
At work I have my work (email)account with OneDrive.
I often continue with my work at home, because I have a different hardware setup there, which is better at some things.
Now I have to log in at home to OneDrive.com with my work account, download the files and put them in my OneDrive and access it on my device(s) at home (pc + winphone).
Sharing my work directory with my home account is also a no go, because the offline OneDrive application does not sync shared folders, so I also have to log in and download the files.
Also at work we often work with a team of different external persons. Sharing small documents with externals is easy this way. However, most of them are not that good with internet, and going to OneDrive.com to see some shared files is a step too far.
It would be better if they also could install the OneDrive application on Windows (and yes they still have Windows7), and just access the shared files in Windows Explorer.
Hope somebody will finally understand these problems. Not everyone is a 'nerd'.
Akshat Rastogi commented
Waqas Tariq commented
My client just bought Office 365, excited about the 1TB space, shared 600MB of data via OneDrive and I was unable to find it syncing after accepting the share. Then I land here, needless to say my client, and I uninstall OneDrive and are now back on Dropbox.
This feature needs to come out fast, people have been requesting it since 2012!
Installed onedrive, uninstalled it, and went back to box due to lack of shared sync.
This feature is needed ASAP - If coke can bring Surge back to Market I'm sure Microsoft can bring shared folders to native Onedrive. I'm sure more people are requesting this feature from Microsoft than the # of people requesting Surge.
Yes, PLEASE, this problem forced me to stop using onedrive when I upgraded to windows 8.1. I'm using sugar for now with a folder inside it called "onedrive", and I hope one day to come back to onedrive when I can again sync to my work computer which uses a different login
Roger Huston commented
Everyone - that is an MS Standard response to everything. This feature has been one of the most highly requested features for YEARS!!
You also have to factor in the "Big Company Speak" as well: "We are working on it", "Its on the Road Map", "Development has begun" can all mean 12 to 18 months. I know, I work for a big corporation and when MS asks for features, that is what we tell them.
Now that MS has more of a cloud focus and service apps, an agile approach vs a waterfall approach to new features would certainly be welcome. Yes, OneDrive has had some good news lately, but still, increasing file size and allotted space doesn't take eons to develop, they just have to adjust a quota.
I agree. I have just decided to go with Office 365 for the family's fleet of devices and was planning to move those "family" documents over from Dropbox. Shared a folder in my OneDrive and ended up on this thread having tried to find out what to do to see those shared folders.
Dropbox has had this forever; Virgin does it, Copy does it, Amazon does it and the Linux private cloud ownCloud I am fiddling with does it but Microsoft can't - how very odd!
This cannot come fast enough. Please share information about when it can be expected, even if it's just a general timeframe. End of this year? Next year? Within five years? We have already waited so long...
I'll merge this into the syncing shared folders as these two are related.