Allow external OneDrive for Business users to sync folders
My users frequently want to share folders with external users (customers or partners) and are frustrated to find that these users can't sync the shared folders to their own filesystem. This functionality is widely used in competing solutions, and the limitation is significant enough to keep my users from leveraging OneDrive.
We are excited that B2B sync is now available in Production. This feature allows a user to sync folders that have been shared with them from another organization. For more information see this article: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/onedrive/b2b-sync.
Per-Torben Sørensen commented
This is a MAJOR drawback with Onedrive/Sharepoint for external users and guests! No new update on this since September?
Jeffrey Smith commented
Agreed that this is needed desperately to retain your client base. I use Dropbox, Google Team Drives, and One drive/Sharepoint and this usually becomes a deciding factor with cloud selection.
Please enable external users to sync shared OneDrive-for-Business / SharePoint files to their local computers.
Bastiaan Kortenbout commented
Please fix, since people keep using Dropbox and we have problems explaining they should move to OneDrive for Business. And I can't blaim them, because this is an essential feature that exists for many years in competitive products. Keep up MS!
Ive been thinking about this too for years.
my organization is forced to keep Dropbox subscriptions even though we would like to use all the features of office 365. we cannot load our data iinto onedrive/sharepoint because we cannot sync files with anyone we choose. that's how we need to work because we collaborate with with many organizations/individuals on projects.
we need the document management features of SharePoint.
we need they sync abilities of Dropbox.
Dropbox wins even though it restricts us to folder structures to manage our data. Our SharePoint sites are all empty because of lack of adoption, primarily because of difficulty syncing with external users.
We just started moving from Dropbox to realize we loose major functionality, ability of external users to sync with their computers.
How many more votes do we need to get this issue proper attention?
Jeremy Koch commented
Don't think about it....do it! seriously!!! FFS! how on earth can anyone take this product seriously when features like this are missing. no wonder Dropbox is kicking your ****. people only use OD because its free with O365 and they dont want to pay for dropbox, when in theory they are already paying for the same service! Im one of those users! But seriously im starting to think we just need to abandon OD and go with a mature and developed file sharing system...being dropbox and not onedrive!
This would be really handy. Any info on if and when this will be implemented?
hello. can i just reiterate that this would be a great add to an already very good cloud system. please add as soon as possible. i think it is possible with sharepoint but via onedrive for business would be easier and more efficient in many cases. thanks
I was planning to migrate to Onedrive for business, but the fact that my main subcontractor cannot sync the files seamlessly is ridiculous. Even more ridiculous is that I was told by Microsoft sales team and MS technical support team that it is possible and have wasted hours trying to make it work!
See also https://onedrive.uservoice.com/forums/262982-onedrive/suggestions/13050540-external-sharing for more ideas. This is definitely something that needs to happen, I'm seeing a lot of people wigging out and going elsewhere because the people they share with (and trust) can't access these files properly. It kills the collaboration this is intended to facilitate and makes the IT dept look stupid, actually. Please work out a way to allow full capabilities for external shares.
aha - good thing I didn't waste hours trying to get this to work....
Thomas Deliduka commented
We were just looking at doing this with a partner corporation and see it's not possible. So, it looks like we'll be using DropBox for the time being. That is unfortunate. I hate Dropbox.
How onedrive could be sold to us as an enhancement over Box still beats me?! I've asked for the ability for external users to access files again ever since onedrive was implemented and no-one seemed to have cared. It's about time this ability is being re-introduced.
We have contracted vendors providing travel services in 70 countries currently, who no longer have access to key documents that they had access to through the Box. This creates a severe bottleneck and a lot of additional work on our end to ensure that these vendors see the most current documentation.
Doris Elizabeth Pineda commented
It is definitely needed. Please, enable.
this would be a very good enhancement. Lack of this ability forces us to use other products when working with external users.
"Thinking about it"? This is a joke, right? The fact that OneDrive/SharePoint can't do this out of the box anymore is testament to the fact that Microsoft devs are completely out of touch with the real world....
It should be enabled. Also enable individual file sync feature which is not there yet.
This is a significant barrier to using SharePoint/OneDrive. We operate it in a charity with Trustees, who are all volunteers, employed elsewhere. After many problems sharing, we have now discovered that they cannot synchronise the files, which means they can only access online. If the MS business plan is to ensure that more licenses are purchased, I do not believe this will work. As many others have noted, there are other solutions that work seamlessly.
I support the plea for Microsoft to make this more flexible and user-friendly. It is also notable that the support staff are not trained on this and have to spend a lot of time working through the issue to discover that it does not work. I am left feeling like a beta-tester, wasting my time on a solution that should work.