Sharing between OneDrive Personal and OneDrive for Business
One should be able to share a file from a OneDrive Personal Account to a OneDrive for Business Account.
Right now, the shared file doesn't appear in the receivers Business Account, but only in the Personal Account. But that is useless for people using Business primarily.
A private person owns a OneDrive Personal Account. He/She wants to share project files to a company, which will then work with these files. Sadly the files don't appear in the OneDrive for Business Account of the employee of the company, but they appear in the employees personal Account and mix up with his family pictures, music, whatever. If the company doesnt allow their employees to use their personal accounts when they are on the job, the employee wont be able to do the project and the company would have to reject the customer.
We agree 100% with the suggestion and are exploring ways to enable this. This represents a significant amount of engineering work hence we don’t have a schedule to share yet.
This presents a security problem for most Organizations as they need to prevent sensitive data from being shared. So it actually make sense this isn't a feature yet.
Star D. commented
Out of votes, but supporting
Antonio Defina commented
Is this issue fixed? It is very important to me! Thanks!
I'm so glad I found this thread because now I know that the problem is not me being unable to solve this problem but actually Microsoft not thinking about how their customers use their products and, after being told about it, not caring.
This is exactly the reason why I will go back from using a Surface Pro, OneDrive, OneNote to some other, properly working solution (yet to be decided). Microsoft is so unable to improve their user experience that, in the 6 years I've been using the above mentioned setup, there has not been one instance of me thinking "well, that is an improvement". Instead, using those products just gets more and more complicated. It's expensive, it's complicated and, most of the times, it doesn't work.
From now on, I will be using the competition wherever I can!
Microsoft needs to seriously find a way forward to enable this to happen and then give an update on when this will be resolved. This lack of compatibility between different one drive systems is not only frustrating for people especially for your paying customers, but also shows a complete lack of vision and understanding of how the product is used by all including their paying client base. Looks like I will be increasing my subscription to dropbox.
What a waste of time for users and admins, and an awful experience on both sides. Ridiculous that these products have the same name and yet are completely incompatible. Only Microsoft could be this inept, and still have done nothing but think about it for 4 years.
As Sas commented
Bye bye microsoft office 365, hello google
We need this so urgently...
Douglas Parker commented
I was completely onboard with migrating to Microsoft 365 and actually had the migration planned for next week.
Then I saw that you cannot share files between OneDrive and OneDrive for Business... This is a deal breaker for me as it is for many others. 4 years of thinking about it... Microsoft clearly doesn't care about collaboration. GSuite is looking like a much better option at this point.
Same issue here! PLEASE SOLVE IT :)
When a business partner shares a folder from his OneDrive Business account via e-mail link, I can't see it in my OneDrive Personal "shared" section (e-mail address of my OneDrive Personal account is the same as the one for which the link was shared). I can only access the folder if I click on the provided link they sent me and then upload/download files via the web-interface. However, that's highly inefficient! You should be able to see the shared folder from the OneDrive Business also in your OneDrive Personal. Otherwise companies will not be able to efficiently collaborate with freelancers and external partners :(
See also this post - PLEASE ALSO VOTE HERE :)
I sthis fixed now?
Reinhart ADAM commented
I am now in contact with the business support team of Microsoft for severel weeks in contact. Unfortunatley I cannot see any progress in solving that issue.
The stratgey to offer 2 products with the same name (OneDrive) which are incompatible with each other (OneDrive from a Business account and from a Personal account), is completly missleading for customers. And in addition it causes frustration (due to confusing error messages) and customer dissatisfaction.
In the end customers move to other cloud solutions and Microsoft loses market share.
This kind of product strategy is hard to understand!?
John Morgan commented
Please resolve this issue. I was trying to offer an employee in my business, some additional, personal, rather than business, (freelance) work. However, I can't share my personal files with her 365 account, which has far more available space to do the job than her own personal account. So we're a bit stuck until MS comes up with a solution.
It's been a year and a half since this was flagged.
Mark Clover commented
Please, please do this!
It feels like Microsoft have gone out of their way to put a barrier between people who pay for their Microsoft services and those who don't. Presumably to drive more sales.
I was invited to share a OneDrive folder from a personal account. But to upload to the folder I needed to sign in, which I tried to do with my paid 365 account. No joy! It told me my account didn't exist and then invited me to create a new account.
Which I tried to do.
But guess what? It wouldn't let me sign up with a professional email domain and suggested I use Gmail.
So the only way I can now interact with this client is by using a personal email account, which in my book makes me look very unprofessional.
The Microsoft business support suggested I talk to the Microsoft personal support... Who suggested I take it up with the business support.
I fully agree with this suggestion.
I have found out some other similar feedbacks. Please vote on those also, if you agree with them, to attract the attention of Microsoft engineers.
But now I'm even more frustrated that this issue has been around for FOUR years, it's one of the TOP 3 issues on User Voice, and all the GPM is doing is "thinking about it." That's incredibly disappointing. It is one of the highest voted items right now. How could this not be planned yet? Why isn't it on the roadmap yet? Microsoft has some of the best engineers in the world, you should be able to do this. What's obvious is that you aren't listening to the 200+ customers who cared enough to comment on the issue. Again, the user experience is horrible.
First, it doesn't make sense why I, as a consumer, am not allowed to share files to Onedrive Business users. Second, the user experience is awful. Rather than notify me that I'm not allowed to share with Onedrive Business accounts, it just shows up as an error. Then, when I try to open the file from my Onedrive business account, it doesn't allow me to work with the document in my account and gives an error when I try to log in.
There is something very very wrong with the user experience for this use case, whether the functionality is possible or not. I would never have this problem on Google Drive.
Warren Isaacs commented
Just stumbled across this issue today. A client of mine who only has a personal account has shared a folder...which I cannot see from my business account.
I assumed one of us was doing something wrong. Now I see that this is a "feature" and that people have been asking for it to be resolved for 4 years.
This is inexcusable, MS. Please sort it out. At least give us a workaround.