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.
Lucy Hyde-Thomson commented
Similarly to other posters, I had just recommended OneDrive (they have o365 business) over Dropbox to a client only to find that we cannot share the client folder with their client as they have OneDrive personal! What a farce!
Nearly a year this has been "Thinking about it", just do it or rename the products so that it is clear that they are not compatible.
As other have said, back to Dropbox where it is just simple. A very frustrating day.
Henk Renting commented
And not just sharing from Busines to Personal, but from Personal to business too...!
Just spent an hour to find how to share DOCX from personal to business account. Because, this restriction does not make sense! I was not able to do it, so I startet fo goggle solution.
And IT IS NOT POSSIBLE! WTF?!?!?
Hopefully this will be changed to "Working on it" soon. I just moved to O365 and thinking about going back to GSuite now having realised this.
This is probably the only reason which lets our company stay with Dropbox when it comes to folder sharing. Other than that, we are full Office 365 E3.
It is so simple with Dropbox. We use paid accounts to share a folder per customer with their free Dropbox accounts and internally with our people also having paid accounts.
We tried the same with Sharepoint folders, sharing to customers with personal OneDrive accounts. But the result is that they would have to login to the Office 365 Sharepoint website to access their data. A big step backwards to Dropbox where they have the data always available on their local drive (in the Dropbox folder).
The solution would be that folders on OneDrive for Business or Office 365 Sharepoint, shared with personal OneDrive accounts, do appear in their OneDrive where they can sync it to their machine.
Please provide this feature.
And it would be nice to hear if there is a schedule in the meantime...
Ha, I've always told people that the "triangle plus" button in Google Drive is one of the most useful buttons on Earth.
Microsoft, can you please make a very pretty button like that? We would all swoon with gratitude!
This is a dealbreaker issue which warrants a more complete explanation from Microsoft than the one provided above.
this is a shame
Petr Hájíček commented
This is huge disadvantage of Microsoft account and OneDrive compare to Google Account and Google Drive. Google has solved sharing accross any account and switching between accounts much better. I am using 1 personal Microsoft Account, 1 company Microsoft Account and 1 university Microsoft Account (same platform like Bussiness) and they do not interact between each other. Sharing or simple switching between these 3 acounts is not possible. Microsoft, this is not cloud computing of the year 2020, that will star right after few days ...
Mr Wood commented
Hi. Can “to do” lists be shared between personal and business accounts. Example share grocery list with my wife from my business account.
The opposite functionality is also useful, sharing the folder from Onedrive for Business and synchronizing it with Onedrive Personal,
like others do: dropbox or gdrive
I'm a lone worker and set up a O365 Business Premium account for Exchange and OneDrive for business.
I work with clients who are just everyday people so will only have personal accounts. Each client has a folder they have access to so they can provide data, photos and video etc.. A lot will do this purely from their smartphone too.
Without this integration everytime a client needs to enter data in to an excel spreadsheet or upload a photo they have to find the link, sign in to the browser and go from there. They should be able to open the OneDrive App on their PC or phone and see all their files and data there.
Excel does show the documents in recent files but that's still very limiting.
I should probably have stuck with Dropbox...
wow. How can you call personal and business both OneDrive if they dont work with each other? This is a big surprise to learn the hard way that you cant share between personal and business. Going back to Dropbox
right now in call with your customer service that is trying to support me on this.. i just discover this link while i am on hold.. she poor, just recreated with her account the situation to see how was possible that ws not working with me... so neither your people is aware of this terrible inconsistency!!!!
is 3 days i am working to activate my account for no-proft organisation.. we have switched people on one drive (agianst dropbox) and now we are discovering we can not share folders with sponsor, stakholder and so on having personal one drive....
is just crazy!!!
This is a great idea! We need the reverse! I need to be able to share a file with my client who uses OneDrive personally and collaborate with them through my professional platform. This would be a HUGE help.
Would be a great feature, please do implement it ASAP!
Its been 8 month from previous reply from Adminiatrators. As you can see - in this period you have lost several clients, who has voiced their opinions here.
Perhaps you could at least give us some update on the process.
Otherwise you will just continue to loose more and more clients - me included.
You should at least inform the customers more obviously about these incompatibilities of onedrive live vs onedrive "sharepoint"/businesses products. Same problems with sharepoint - one organization SP accounts cannot connect to other organization SP + ms flow not working with external accounts. We were forced to move to free open source nextcloud solution which doesn't have any of these irrational restrictions which I suspect could be even intentional so everyone buys same MS product twice or more times... feels like MS marketing in 90s.
Great, you are still working on it. So ridiculous that this is not already a feature.
Just spent the entire day convincing collaborators how great it is to use OneDrive, then set up folders myself, and when it comes to sharing it is not possible due to OneDrive Personal vs. OneDrive Business.
Wasted time and I look like an idiot.
We have to use dropbox now, and I have to argue with customer support over the phone to reimburse my OneDrive Personal Subscription.
Helpful to understand the way this works. But, I just wasted way too much of my life trying to troubleshoot a problem of why sharing a folder from a onedrive business account doesn't work with a personal onedrive account. You could at least add a pop up message to let the user know that it's technically not possible to do that.