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Add the ability to open SharePoint Sites for Mac like the Windows client does

We're trying to move one division over to our SharePoint365 and get off of Dropbox. We're getting a lot of pushback from the Mac users, about this, since OneDrive doesn't have connections to SharePoint like Windows does (i.e. the site documents list in Finder).

"Sync" a folder from the SharePoint libraries sends them down a rabbit hole of installing Onedrive For Business and ultimately doesn't work as it tells them they have to have a PC to sync to SharePoint

Sharing to SharePoint in Document Connector in O2011 will only connect you to specific files in specific folders, not folder and all subfolders (there are hundreds). No way to manipulate folders -move them rename them, move them from one folder to another. They're stuck doing this in firefox, which only allows them to move files and folders down the tree, not up.

Beckfish and Colligo as 3rd party apps for this, don't work with 365. Users are stuck using Firefox and are not happy about it. Research indicates that this is a subject of much discussion, and the answer seems only to be, "no it doesn't."

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    Anonymous shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We’ve recently rolled out support for syncing your Team sites (including O365 Groups) and shared OneDrive for Business folders for macOS. You can read more here: https://blogs.office.com/2017/01/24/onedrive-brings-new-file-collaboration-and-management-features-to-the-enterprise/ This is available for our standalone client and coming to the Mac App Store shortly. Thanks!

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        can't you just add acces to the sharepoint in the finder, like ExpandDrive does, so we don't need to buy extra software to use the sharepoint drive as we would want it (and we can in microsoft apps)

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Microsoft Document Connection removed from Office. No way to map a drive from OSX to Sharepoint except in the Office Suite.

        BOOM! ITS DONE ALRIGHT!

      • Vicki Little commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Be careful what you ask for. The Windows client no longer works as it should due to some new metatdata restrictions. What's the sense in having the ability to sync locally if all the files are locked as read only and you can't work on them locally to be synced back to SharePoint. OneDrive sync with SharePoint is now worthless.

      • Vicki Little commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Boom, it's done Jason?????? Do they have the same issue of not being able to work on sync'd files locally because all the files are locked as read only......Yes I have required metadata in my site which is now causing these restrictions - one step forward and 20 steps back and the end user suffers again. Way to go Microsoft!

      • NONE commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        When will we be able to sync on-premise Sharepoint 2016 libraries with One Drive for business???????

        WHY DID MSFT REMOVE MICROSOFT DOCUMENT CONNECTION FROM OFFICE!!!!!

      • Nat commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        "I've read that the syncing with Mac OS doesn't work if your Sharepoint Team Site name has spaces in it which causes a "%20" placeholder for the space in the URL. Mac OS doesn't support that."

        I have no idea what the SharePoint problem is, but that is completely untrue about MacOS--it supports %20 in URLs and always has, and so do all the webbrowsers on MacOS. And it knows how to translate them into local/network file paths, too. (And generally speaking, MacOS deals with spaces in file paths /better/ than Windows does.)

      • Akshya Sharma commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        To :
        Christopher Scully
        Office 365 Ambassador
        Office 365 Concierge Support

        ________________

        I tried several items - syncing it with one drive, checking the sync folder on Mac preferences and I found a document online which exactly pointed my issue. The one drive for business will sync my business one drive but will not sync my Sharepoint. Being said that, earlier I was able to sync my share point with Mac finder using one drive for business and at that time I was able to see all the folders that were present in team-sites on share point, but since I formatted the MAC, one drive is not showing me Sharepoint (team-sites) folder. The reason pointed out on one of the web pages for that the one drive folder under ~Users/user/Library/applicationsupport/onedrive/XXXX.ini has companyname.my-sharepoint.com instead of just companyname.Sharepoint.com.

        Can you please elaborate and help

      • Warren commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The sync tool is great for a personal device but in a computer lab where I can have hundreds of users using the Macs a sync client is not an option. I would like to be able to mount a users OneDrive as a mounted share.

      • Erik commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I've read that the syncing with Mac OS doesn't work if your Sharepoint Team Site name has spaces in it which causes a "%20" placeholder for the space in the URL. Mac OS doesn't support that.

        Can a Microsoft Admin confirm this?

      • Ben Swaby commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Syncing is a great tool, however what if you don't want to sync everything? What if the storage infrastructure is bigger than your computer can hold? What if you don't want everyone in your infrastructure syncing all of it? If you don't have native browsing from either product windows explorer or finder (macOS), then you get the following.

        - End user frustration having to save to their computer and then upload to the cloud
        - End user confusion on editing files. Remember, not everything is a Microsoft based product.
        - Data lost risk as users will get frustrated with the process and not upload to the cloud
        - Increased training cost and constant reminders on saving to the cloud

        Don't get me wrong.. Syncing is cool, but it's not the full answer in a corporate environment. Not everything is Microsoft and not all Microsoft is native to accessing 365 directly through their app.

        In order to go from ok to great native windows explorer and finder access is a must. this also includes OneDrive access. Not everything has 5TB of storage on their computer, so sync'd and non-sync'd files should show up while online. While offline, non-sync'd file should be greyed out.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Can confirm that Sharepoint Folder Sync with OneDrive does NOT work on MacOS 10.12.4

      • Abu Abid commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Christopher, you say that's working but we are still experiencing issues with this. Is anyone else out there having trouble syncing SharePoint Document Libraries?

      • Christopher Scully commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        1- Install OD4B (OneDrive For Business) and log in
        2- Log in to your SPO site (SharePoint Online)
        3- Select Sync

        Christopher Scully
        Office 365 Ambassador
        Office 365 Concierge Support

      • David Lockie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Great news, this is now working on my Mac for SharePoint document libraries that exist on new Team Sites, but we use Project Online and the document library on the Project Sites does not yet sync, is that coming soon?

      • Mohcine Chaouki commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Still a negative for Sharepoint Online

        Enabled on Admin portal
        Standalone client + Terminal commands on MAC.

        Still no go! :(

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