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OneDrive for Business - Implement shared folder syncing to desktop client

We need the ability to sync folders that have been shared by another Onedrive for Business user with the desktop client. You just rolled this out for personal OneDrive, but it seems like it's more important for Onedrive for Business.

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        How can Microsoft so consistently miss the mark on SO MANY projects? I spend half my time chasing missing basic features, or "feature updates" that remove basic functionality.

        Then we get a raft of cosmetic updates that or features that no one will use, e.g. Windows Subsystem for Linux.

        As some kind soul points out below, the SYNC button is buried in the CLASSIC VIEW.
        Obviously, the "feature rich" latest version doesn't contain it.
        (FACE PALM)

      • Pitt Paul Wehr commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Unbelievable!! I´ll have to migrate my Office for business, for a home edition so it works with the Onedrive of my crews smartphones?? They don´t even use a PC or Office, We only need that the Onedrive on my field´s team sync with my Office PC OneDirve (for Businnes). And the Microsoft solutions is to add user for each one of this Smartphones?? How does Microsoft expect me to purchase 35 users on the Office for business in devices and users that won´t even use most of the softweares. Besides, it´s all in Microsoft, It´s all One drive.. Hpw can´t it comunicate. The only solution that I see right now is called Google Drive, or DropBox. GO back to 90´s!! Microsoft is not ready for our actual needs! I´ll have to migrate all my cloud BAck to Google! Sorry, you lost a client (a few actually), I don´t recomed OneDrive for business at all! It suposed to make my life easier.. not harder!

      • Carlos Tejeda commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        To sync a OneDrive for Business shared folder with the desktop app go to Onedrive.com and log in to your business account, select Shared on the left panel, select click on Shared with me on top, click on the folder you want to sync on the computer to open it, then click on the Sync button on top.

        It'll take a couple of seconds for the folder to start syncing and appear on file explorer.

      • tomaski commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        LOL, 1,5 year later andd still nothing? All the other major players are already having this. How is MS planning on being competitive with such a BASIC functionality lacking? Am I supposed to be juggling URLs? How am I to access the shared resources from my smartphone?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The reason I moved from Gsuite to O365 is the bigger cloud storage for my business. Well, I now think I have wasted my money

      • Timothy Irons commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The link is broken.
        I had to select the "Classic View" icon in the bottom left of the shared folder on the website to get access to the sync button.
        This is cryptic beyond belief.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Just found this - am I right in thinking that the "sharing" option essentially creates a different folder elsewhere? I have my local OD folder and then a shared folder in C:\Users\%username% which is the shared sync folder?

        I had this working before, and have been asked to check it's still working, as remote users (those that have folders shared to them) have been putting files into the folders and nothing is happening.

        So I installed a test copy of a remote workers OD and yep, it's a snapshot isn't it? There's no realtime sync to speak of. Create new files/folders in either side and wait.......and wait....nothing doing.

        It's not working.

        I'm moving to a proven system - it's too much of a headache to keep trying with this clunky software

      • Denice commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        yes but the whole point is to have seemless sharing not via sharepoint. The sharepoint programme is cumbersum and difficult to use. Try attaching a document to an email via sharepoint and you immediately run into problems

      • Pascal Engels commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hmm, very surprised indeed that this is not available... I hope Microsoft is working on this, since this is really needed for teamwork.

      • Rob van Gameren commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Well Jason Moore, it seems that your link doesn't exist and that the needed functionality also doesn't exist.

        Is that correct?
        Kind regards Rob

      • McKim Mdaka commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        For some reason this is just a process to work around it but it does work, assuming you are already on your OneDrive web interface.. go to Shared > then click on any of the shared folders to open it, it will then open a new tab where the files are originally shared from which in this case would be the person who shared them, then from there click on Files again on that opened tab, then all the folders that have been shared will appear, then select all of the folders or the folder you want, Click on "Copy to" a menu on the right with the location to copy to will appear with two OneDrive folders select "Your One Drive" that's it sync will begin immediately after copy, if it's large it will take a while, hope this helps

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        In classic version of OneDrive the "Sync" is displayed. The problem is in new version.

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