Properly support the macOS file system (special characters, aliases, symbolic links, case sensativity, etc.)
OneDrive is 99% useless on a Mac because the macOS file system is not properly supported:
1) Files are limited to Windows naming conventions. I't impractical to rename 100's of files to complete a sync
2) Aliases get copied as unusable files and symbolic links are ignored.
3) If the drive is formatted as one of Apple's/unix's case-sensitive formats, they're unusable with OneDrive.
These are the deal killers, items like support for tags, etc. would be nice also.
Unbelievable. Was all set to give Microsoft more of my business for the first time in years-- until I learnt that OneDrive would not accept thousands of my file names. Goodbye Microsoft!
I have hundreds of thousands of files OneDrive tags as error- not going to rename them to fit some idea that a file must look like X. the file is valid on Mac, Linux and in some case even on Windows but says bad in OneDrive. Keep in mind you should only be making a copy of the file not trying to data mine it to see what it contains. Just store the file. I've never had a backup program of any kind tell me that my file naming convention was bad. I've been in IT for 25+ years, I've seen it all, this is the worst implementation of trying to control every little thing we do.
Gian C. Bozano commented
I fully agree, it is crazy being limited to those old file name rules. I have to look for another solution, of course I will not rename 100s of files.
The fact that MS drives people here to "vote" for this, as if there's even a question about whether they should do it or not, is off-the-charts ridiculous. There is no other cloud service — no other modern technology company, I'd venture — still using 1990s-style file-name rules.
@OneDrive actually answered a tweet about this by providing a link to this page. Really? Go vote on whether or not we should stop using 30-year-old file structure? REALLY?
You are right! Come on MS! It’s 2019
Roy Leban commented
DropBox never complains that the name of a file contains a special character — it just makes it work. I'm trying to move from DropBox to OneDrive and I'm told I have to rename 165 files?!