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.
4 years later and still thinking about it. Well done MS.
Having recently upgraded from MS Home Office to MS Office Professional, via an approved intermediary, I have found that sharing doesn't work between two paid accounts either where one is a Personal Account and one is a Business Account. I have several shares with other Home Office OneDrive users with whom I can't now work in the way we have been doing for a couple of years now. Microsoft really do need to sort this issue out.
Not having this feature means in practice: office business and personal users are forced back to use Dropbox and Google. I think nobody really wants this.
"Thinking about it" since November 2016 - have you come to a conlusion after four years of thinking ? Customers would like to know the conclusion in order to make an informed decision which software package to use - or not to use in future.
shams almogren commented
I agree, there should be away of sharing files between personal and business account. that will save so much hassle of downloading files every time and mixing up the file versions !
during the Microsoft Teams Training we asked about the collaboration with external vendors who do not have paid accounts and was assured there wouldn't be a problem. They couldn't prove it during the training and said they would get back to us.
I guess this is why they never got back to us.
We have an independent contractor that we need to share files with. The contractor has onedrive - personal and is unable to see our shared folder. Microsoft would add this feature if they at all cared about real-world productivity.
sebastiaan vermeulen commented
I would definitely need this feature in order to link shared folders from a personal account in my business account!
I have personally developed excel files that I want to share with my business account so if I see a fix needed while I am at work I can fix it there and my personal copy gets fixed too. Some days I make a lot of unexpected changes or tweaks and do not want to email them.
Please add this feature
The reason it "represents significant amount of engineering work" is because Microsoft decided to make to separate, incompatible applications and platforms for OD vs OD4B. If they would standardize on the same platform and use SP as a backend and just hide the extra features then there wouldn't be an issue.
This is a huge problem in the modern world where companies need to share information with independent contractors and other non-corporate (or non-Microsoft) corporate users. Right now it's impossible, so we can't move to a OneDrive/SharePoint only environment.
Yitzchok Sprung commented
Very Important. Please make it happen.
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 ...