Allow external non-Office 365 Business users to sync OneDrive Shares
Please allow external users who don't have a OneDrive for Business account (i.e., users with a personal OneDrive account only) to sync shared folders to their local computers. We can already grant edit access to external, personal users, which works fine through a web browser. Also, external users with O365 business accounts can sync our shares. But the combination is not possible: external personal users can't sync. This is FORCING us to drop OneDrive and go back to DropBox, which supports this seamlessly even in their free service.
While better not to constrain the size/amount of syncable files based on the external user's available personal OneDrive space, that would be an acceptable limitation. At least make it possible to sync if the user has sufficient space remaining in their personal OneDrive.
Brian Laws commented
How has this still not been implemented, we are a MSP and may need to transition our client back to dropbox and this will effect our future sales if not rectified.
When on earth will this fricking company listen to their customers and pull their heads outta their derrieres
Typical Microsoft. Do they really expect everyone to keep track of individual "file shared with you" emails? Then what's the entire **** point of having the desktop application?
As the IT manager for a small organisation who has just migrated from Dropbox to OneDrive. This looks like a key product deficiency. We are able to share a folder for edit access with an external consultant, which occurs regularly, however the only access they get is through a web browser. They need to download the files and upload them again when they've finished working with them offline - plenty of these files need to be manipulated in third party applications.
It would be significantly better if there was a "guest OneDrive" method where OneDrive will allow them to sync the data that has been shared with them from a OneDrive for Business tenant to their Microsoft account, either personal or business.
I agree - some people who we share with are small business (1-3 people) who just use personal (non-business) one drive accounts. Thy need to be able to sync to the business one drive.
Please consider adding this functionality. I believe we are going to go back to Dropbox if this cannot be implemented. It was very easy in Dropbox to share with anyone and instantly be able to collaborate on documents.
Scott Gulick commented
Please add this functionality, we built a SharePoint site for our operation with External users. There are external users asking us to scrap our SharePoint site in favor of Google Drive as it has this functionality.
Just to add to my original post: our work-around that we discovered after I posted this has been to add non-licensed accounts to our O365 tenant. This doesn't cost anything and gives users full access via the MS account in our tenant. It's not ideal, requires the user to have a second MS account which can be confusing for users compared with just letting them "Sync" and using their existing personal MS account, but it's a viable solution. Good enough that this is no longer our top concern with OneDrive (but would still love to have this feature working).
Business are already working around this with Free-Tenants and Sharing Links.
Just implement this feature already...
This is definitely an essential feature - all existing Office users who need this will have to go to Google or Dropbox.