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!
Ditto to adding synch to Shared Folders as a top priority for the app. This is currently quite useless for our business at this time.
M.L. Cottingham commented
It's not in OneDrive for Business! That's where it really needed, way more than my personal account. Until that happens, I think you need to withdraw your "BOOM, it's done!" 'cause it's not done.
Where is this "Add to my OneDrive" button ????
Geoff M commented
This needs to be implemented in Office 365.
It should have been a basic feature available right from the beginning.
You can't brag about providing an absolute user-friendly collaborative environment when you can't even sync folders between users.
Ravi Raizada commented
You can do more with OneDrive than just sharing files and folders.
We have just started rolling out "OneDrive as On-Line Transaction Processor" (OLTP) that is actually working very well with many of our client sites.- including Care Homes, ERP/MRP,Systems, Accounts, Purchase/Sales/Nominal ledgers, CRM etc. etc. Search YouTube for Progen4GL or use the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jx9lq3f_ZD0
You, of course, require the appropriate software. We use Progen4GLand ProgenCloud-based applications and engine.
When will this feature be available for business accounts? This is a core feature i would expect to be implemented. MICROSOFT: please give feedback and answer to your customers questions.
Margaret Bou Jaoude commented
I join all the groups who raised the issue of sharing and syncing to my desktop. I am running the IT of a company, we are still using partially dropbox, we used copy for a certain time, they are way better and user friendly than O365. First, I thought I was missing something, but now I am sure after reading and reading articles about OneDrive that it is always redirecting me to the website, it is a problem with me because I am dealing with staff which is not all techno-friendly, adding to this, the Onedrive is not user-friendly. I read one month ago about the Add to my OneDrive, and I couldn't find it yet, I was organizing my files to share with separate staff each in his domain, and I don't really know if I continue with it or shall I forget about it.
Would you please advise the time I need to wait for minor changes to OneDrive (like syncing folders to desktop app, like get notified on the icon in the taskbar that I have an invitation to share a foldeer, accept it or not, etc...)
Oliver Queen commented
Please, google drive or dropbox get it for a long time, and OneDrive not get this feature today, how and when we can get this ? please ...
xavier canez commented
this shared junk does not work.
This is an essential feature that does not work on onedrive - going back to dropbox.
Björn Mehlhorn commented
Where can i find "Add to my OneDrive"?
Someone shared 500 pictures (5GB) with me. Download as a 5GB ZIP is not a good idea.
"Add to my Onedrive" would make the pictures available in my NAS, syncronized with OneDrive.
The sender of the pictures does not want to share them with a large group of persons "edit" - but only "read only". So i want to copy or integrate the pcitures in my OneDrive temporarily (so that the syncronizing-proccesses from Windows and the NAS are working - picture by picture...).
Listen to your users !!
any update ??
How can this feature not be done yet?? Back to Dropbox I guess. Even though we just got Office 365 in the company. Very disappointing. OneDrive should never have launched without this feature?!
We've been struggling with this for months now. The latest information I had seen was a lot of these upgrades may not be seen until the final quarter of 2016. That's quite a long time to wait. The shared folder feature is available for the consumer base onedrive as mentioned but not onedrive for business.
Sharepoint was what we decided to check out, but the fault there is that sharepoint is using the onedrive sync app so even though you can share files better there are still so many limitations such as limited items per site and the sync app is filled with errors. Placeholders do not exist which is a major problem when you have 1tb of cloud storage, smaller hard drive and no need to download all the content.
As a company we were looking forward to this "upgrade" from our local server to 365 and using onedrive/sharepoint, but it has proven to not only not work, but to constantly break, constantly sync files (who knows which files are having issues. It doesn't say), overly complicated user interface to sync sites online and then have too many limitations on the sync app to make it possible to use.
At this point we have abandoned this feature and will be going with other options for storage, cloud storage and online backup. Google drive and dropbox have proven to have this sorted out and working well across all platforms. When MS decides to catch up to the competition it will be interesting to see what other options are out there, but it will also be too late as we have already invested in new infrastructure to carry our company for a while with today's leading technology.
TLDR: No, you're not missing this feature. It just doesn't exist and may not for a long time if at all. Sharepoint isn't going to solve your issues. Users are not going to want to use this and the admin is forced to constantly manage user's shares and syncing. use another program that actually works such as gdrive or dropbox.
OK - It looks like 'Add to my OneDrive' on Onedrive for Business is never going to happen. We are trying to resell 365 with Onedrive for Business as a selling point.
We're going to abandon 365 completely - Microsoft really aren't listening or aren't bothered.
Dropbox here we come..
it's been over 10 months since MS reports this as a feature. However, I am not seeing this option, even by following the instructions stated by @Colby in this thread. We are not using OneDrive for business.
What are we missing?
I'm guessing this is still not released yet for "onedrive for business". Our school desperately needs this or everyone will keep using dropbox! Please enable this feature on onedrive for business.
@colby It's only available in OneDrive and not OneDrive for Business. They are inexplicably two separate products and the "consumer version" has a feature that the business one should have included from the start. I just tested this in Google Drive and it works flawlessly. I don't understand why this feature isn't even included in OneDrive for Business.
'add to my OneDrive' and yet the functionality just does not exist. Very disappointing for business such as ours which decided to cancel all DropBox accounts we have in the organization and move to Office 365 with OneDrive for Business. Our customers are complaining they have lost a key functionality of document collaboration which DropBox used to offer. When is Microsoft planning to release back the "Add to my OneDrive" function again?