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.
Still waiting for a fix to this. This is really a big deal! This is making it really confusing for a lot of users to cooperate across home/business.
This should be basic functionality, and for the users it seems like there is something wrong with their user or how the organization has implemented the setup.
To bad we have to advise users to use dropbox as a workaround.
I'm sure many people pointed this out already. I have recommended many clients and external collaborators of our company to switch to OneDrive - payment version, so we could have a nice platform to collaborate and share projects.
Obviously, and not being aware of this, private clients and individual professionals choose a Home or Premium Office 365 version, which comes with OneDrive Live, not the business one... and now, they are paying and we cannot have a proper workflow. We already had we-transfer for this...
I do not doubt that the engineering behind this might be difficult.
For me, the main and perverse issue here is to NAME two different things with the same name, same logo, same lookalike interface, which is absolutely confusing and leads to this huge misunderstanding, with a lot of angry people...
Hard solution, work it out and make it compatible (please). Easy one, change names... so we know what we buy.
Also agree this is needed. Right now, only link sharing works with external users, whether they have a personal MS account or not. This is cumbersome, having to save the links, reuse them and obtain a code each time to access the files. As part of our business we must share folders and files with external people and the lack of support in OneDrive for this is one of the reasons we are still primarily relying on Box for this purpose. Even Google does this.
I too recommended a client to switch from Dropbox to OneDrive Business to share files with customers and other businesses alike, assuming that such a basic feature is daily business in 2019.
And now I am told by your support that this is just not possible, not with personal drives nor with other business users who are not in my organisation. How can that be, honestly?
Well, I will have to refund my client and tell him to go back to the previous solution, because it worked there, and sorry for the inconvenience.
This is just nonsense, really. Get that working, and fast please!
This is not only unfortunate, but it's a blocker!
David Gorman commented
Really unfortunate this basic need is still not implemented. Allowing people to sync files through an app is common place. Telling users that their external partner needs to download the file, upload the file and cause version confusion is really poor.
Micro Jackoffs commented
I sold a client Business 365 having faith there will be no issue.
Now I look like a dumb **** since microsoft is to **** useless to have thier own program sync between personal and business users. Thanks MS I'll apologize to my client for ever recomending this to them, credit them and point them in the direction of GDrive or Dropbox.
Marijn Schoo commented
I agree that this infeasibility is something that catches people by surprise and you expect it to be a bug. Sharing from Personal to Business sounds like something that wouldn't hurt anyone.
The other way around, it's a different story. Company files being shared to a private account is not that common.
Would love to see this working, even if it's just a window from Windows to the online share.
Mohammad Shahid commented
its up to the organization to give the access of there employee if organization agreed it should be work vice versa ( B to P), (P to B), (B to B).
Thats why we are thinking of leaving MS and work with google drive :(
Laurent LT commented
I have been trying for several days to share between 2 OneDrive business (but not in the same organization) and I have the same problems: I can't integrate the sharing into the recipient's OneDrive folder. I can only access it via a browser.
So it would seem that it would be possible to do a correct sharing of personal OD to personal OD, from OneDrive Business to OneDrive Business of the same organization, and all the other combinations do not work.
Can you explain why this is a lot of engineering?
Both are called OneDrive and both GUI look the same so for us customer it is a confusing statement.
I am currently evaluating office for business and due to the vast numner of non org people who want to share folders with us, this is a dealbreaker.
Barbara Weber commented
I spent hours recently trying to make such a sync work, only to realize that it is not possible. It would be such an improvement for the efficiency of working from different locations, if it would!!
A. Merz commented
I'm a MS fan, but it's absolutely preposterous that a company with MS's engineering resources cannot make something as obvious and critically important as this work seamlessly.
This is a BIG problem across your platform.
Tim Kaiser commented
This is absolutely crazy that this still isn't working. It's been two+ years. I signed up for an Office 365 Business Essentials license, for Exchange email and OneDrive storage. Went to share a folder from my wife's personal OneDrive account (that I spent time setting up for her) come to find out I can't add that shared folder to my business OneDrive account. This is seriously annoying and I really regret not getting the Office 365 personal plan now, especially since I spent so much time getting 400GB+ uploaded to my new OneDrive account. Also have all my phone photos and videos uploading, which I would have to re-do all over again. This is such a basic feature, I am really surprised it doesn't work.
I guess we should of just stuck with Google Drive as that's worked perfectly for years. I moved to OneDrive to get the files on demand feature which I like a lot, but sharing one simple folder with my wife is not possible unless I were to add her to the Office 365 Business Essentials plan, which is totally unnecessary as she won't use the email or OneDrive space, the free 5gb was perfect for what she uses it for.
I really hope this gets resolved soon or I may need to look at other options. Please enable sharing between personal and business OneDrive accounts!
Why doesn't this work, I have a personal account and cant sync to a shared business account, what nonsense!!!
John J commented
Stop "thinking about it" and start doing it please. We have spent hours trying to resolve this to eventually work out it isn't our problem.
I planned on switching from Dropbox, so I signed up for Onedrive personal and just found out I cannot add my shared personal files to my business account at my office....This is nuts. Promote sharing, but then discriminate based on account type....What? Why? PLEASE FIX or OFFER WORKAROUND for the time being. Good thing I kept my Dropbox account open.
This is still not done? Jesus.. you guys really don't care, ha?
Please fix this. Our company finally adopted onedrive and then I find out that it makes my life more difficult due to this ridiculous limitation. This is a pretty big miss.