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.
We’ve recently rolled out support for syncing your shared OneDrive for Business folders and Team sites (including O365 Groups). You can read more here: https://blogs.office.com/2017/01/24/onedrive-brings-new-file-collaboration-and-management-features-to-the-enterprise/ Thanks!
One Drive for Business is totally useless, because Share Folders dont exist, as in DropBox
Kyle Hutchison commented
Using Dropbox till you guys allow shared folders to be synced to desktop. Your competition have been doing this for years Microsoft!
One drive is useless. why are we not able to sync it from the cloud to desktop for mac?
We have clients that paid subcriptions and waiting for this feature. Please inform us when you expect to roll this out.
OneDrive for Business is a total and utter disaster for any business without this feature. It's literally USELESS.
This reminds me of the famous 'taste the soup' joke...
A lady is sitting at a restaurant and orders some soup.. When the soup arrives she takes one look at it and tells the waiter, 'Taste the soup..'. The waiter is incensed and says, "Whats wrong with the soup?".
She insists - 'Just taste it.'.. The waiter tries to see if there is a fly in the soup. He can't find anything wrong. He calls the manager.
Lady tells the same thing to the manager.. 'Please taste this soup.' The Manager is now apologetic and thinks there is no salt in the soup. He tries to tell the waiter to bring salt, but the lady waves him off.
She again asks the manager to taste the soup. The Manager finally relents and decides to taste it..
He looks at the table and says "Where's the spoon ?"
The lady says 'AHA !!!!'
So that's the situation I find myself in. I have ordered the soup (OneDrive for Business). But I am unable to drink it - No local drive sync !
I guess it's a technical issue since OneDrive for business is wrapped around SharePoint - unlike OneDrive, which is a more Dropbox like implementation..
But cmon' Jason, this is a solvable problem.. Lets get this done now !
This has to be available for Mac too. I work with users of all platforms. I agree with Lyn C. I have Dropbox with out paying a dime and get better functionality than OneDrive. My team cannot be downloading and uploading all day long. Syncing shared files is essential and ridiculous that it is only "Thinking About It" status!
Lyn C commented
If DropBox can figure this out, why can't Microsoft? Not being able to sync files to the desktop means that your "business" product only works for me if I am actively connected to the Internet, which is ludicrous.
goeroge smitherooni commented
OneDrive for Business Shared folder Sync:
This feature allows users who have folders shared with them from other
OneDrive for Business users to be able to take those folders offline in the same
way they can take their own files and folders offline today.
Bruno Tellier commented
Don't just think about it, make it, it's essential
We have a BYOD environment and people work in all sorts of locations. Not being able to have a central company drive that users can sync to work offline is pretty crippling. OneDrive for "business".. doesn't really seem to be for "business" after all - since it doesn't seem to actually have any business features. It just separates out each user and isolates them. Why is it so hard to get something that approximates a standard file server over the web with offline sync?
This feature along with sycing documents from a sharepoint team site is a must have. Sharing individual files is just not realistic. Please implement this sooner than later.
Markus Mahlanen commented
Is this a joke? I hope you make it work asap!
Not having this feature in OneDrive for Business completely cripples the workflow of any company trying to use MSoffice. As an admin I am faced with trying to keep track of all sorts of personal and company owned Dropbox, Google Drive, Egnyte and a myriad of other "solutions" because a shared folder will not sync in Microsoft's business solution.
There are almost 1000 votes and I'm guessing a lot of those votes represent whole companies. I realize the problem is complex, but it was figured out for OneDrive personal, and it's an essential piece in any collaboration and file sharing solution. This problem is not going to go away if it's avoided.
Just signed up for Onedrive for business and move my accounts across including Onenote. I have just literally crippled myself by doing this without proper sharing between accounts.
Embarrassing to name this "Business" when "Consumer" has more features than it.
What did I just pay for again?
Thinking about it? There is nothing to think about at all here. Without this basic feature, OneDrive becomes extremely painful in a business environment. And as a previous commentator says, this should be made clear at purchase since everyone assumes, rightly, that this will be possible just as it is with all of the competition. I suggest you think quickly and change the status to acting on it as this is clearly irritating a lot of customers.
The shared folder syncing to desktop client is , among other things, the "spirit" of working in a cloud. It is a standard in DropBox, MeoCloud, Copy,.......
Doesn't make any sense not to have that in OneDrive BUSINESS, specially in BUSINESS !!!!!!
Paul Kulikowski commented
It's unbelievable that shared folders in OneDrive for Business don't work like they do in OneDrive Consumer! A small business with 5-10 users want to have a single shared folder that syncs among all users without sharing a single login. It should work exactly like it does in the consumer version. Shared folders can be added to the users OneDrive and will be accessible and sync just like any other folder. My Office365 clients are killing me over this and my only option is to use Dropbox!
ACS SYS commented
+1 It is mind boggling that this doesn't exist yet and that Microsoft is still "thinking about it".
For business users, this should be made clear at purchase since other document sharing applications support this feature and onedrive for business does not.
Adam Tanner commented
So unlike EVERY other cloud based storage application that puts folders that are shared with a user INTO their actual local folder from the cloud based application (Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, iCloud, SugarSync) there is no way to access folders that are shared with you through the desktop application?
Or is there a way from the One Drive for Business Mac desktop application to share folders with other users that I am missing?
If I create a folder in my local Dropbox folder, then log into the Dropbox website, I can share that folder with other users and it will show up in their local Dropbox folder. Other cloud storage apps other than One Drive also work this way.
My clients here at Harvard recently all migrated to O365 here and have been using mainly Dropbox for years to share files within their research labs with other users.
If they can only access files/folders shared with them through a website or a mobile app, then One Drive for Business for Mac is unusable for them (and I assume most people who share files/folders with other users.