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How can we improve sharing and collaboration in OneDrive across all experiences??

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.

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      • Aline commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        My university account is expiring and I got a personal account, but with a different email address. Does this mean I cannot transfer the files from one account to the other?

      • Gord Barentsen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I spent an hour experimenting with Home and Business Premium only to finally Google the issue and arrive here. THANKS, Microsoft - once again you've demonstrated your inability to keep up with the times.

        As for possible "security holes" (OP below)...this can be solved easily on a policy level without having to limit the OneDrive architecture.

        GET WITH IT, MICROSOFT k thx

      • Jeremy Koch commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        this also and more importantly needs to work the other way! the business user needs to be able to share with a personal user and the personal user needs to be able to sync the folder with the sync client.
        please hurry MS!

      • Diego Aguilar commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I have personnel in my company who don't use a company email account and constantly need to be sharing files with them. I have all my company files on my O365 Drive, but having to manually download and then upload these shared files to my account is simply not working. We need this ASAP.

      • Laurent Duchastel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        A junction point between OneDrive Personal and OneDrive Business can easily solve the problem.

        Open a command prompt with admin privileges, then type mklink /j [Source] [Target]

        such as

        mklink /j "c:\Users\John\OneDrive\Foldertoshare" "C:\Users\John\OneDrive - MyBusiness\Foldertoshare".

        Files with be in both places at the same time, real source being on OneDrive Business.

        Then share the junction folder which is in OneDrive Personal as usual. This share can be in turn added to OneDrive personnel of recipient and be synced on local drive.

        Every change to any files will be reflected, whatever from where or by whom will be taken into account.

      • Jason commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If one drive is to compete with Google drive and Drop Box this feature is a deal breaker.

        As a MS partner I'm often faced with this question and its embarrassing to have to say "no, Business and Personal cant share" - makes it a difficult sell.

      • Mark Moran commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This really is pathetic. The lack of a solution that is. I have to start all over again with my set up now that I've discovered this limitation.

      • Craig Lambie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @douglas-pearce almost 2 years of thinking - what has MS come up with?
        I would really like to start using OneDrive instead of Dropbox, but these issues cause me to stay with Dropbox even though it is starting to not work as well - it still works a lot better than OneDrive.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        "Douglas Pearce svarede · 30. november 2016:
        Thanks for the suggestion. We agree and this is something we’re looking at."

        - You are working too slow to keep up with anything in this world; Sad to see Microsoft loosing.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Also, if you share a OneDrive for Business folder with an external user, using a Live account, they can only access the files on the web, which sucks compared to syncing them with the client.

      • Oliver Grobs commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @douglas Pearce
        Do you still listen? There are people out there who need this feature! This is the users voice!
        Two years thinking?

      • Steve commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Obviously there are some considerations wrt users circumventing the costs associated with OneDrive for Business and Personal wrt to the different costs, but this needs some consideration given the nature of the divide between work and home. Two years with nothing to show for it suggests this is a place ideas go to die.

        For example, here are some potential solutions to your problem. You could:
        - Make users associate a personal account with a business account (and dissociate on either end when the employee moves on).
        - Associate user data against the business' directory of employees.
        - Limit the functionality of accessibility on the personal (cheaper) side.
        - Define the access parameters
        - At least relax the sharing requirements between users/businesses who are paying customers (aka restrict free accounts).

        At least one of those would be a good launch-off point to polish.

        Ultimately, with all the training literature trying to push business' more onto the cloud, business users need to hedge their bets due to accessibility concerns. If an external contractor is going to use OpenOffice or Libre, I can't control their processes, and thus can't force them to conform (since it would ultimately be at my own expense). In that scenario, I would then need to hire additional document control personnel to coordinate the management of information since there are extra hoops to jump through (as I can't have an engineer or manager sitting around porting documents), which I'm really not going to do when things need to run leaner these days, not heavier.

      • Garth commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It something that should be done by now it such a big hole in the system. Looks like dropbox is still the way to go

      • phil commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        My school just switched to OneDrive business but now we cant share folders from our personal onedrive accounts to our business ones - advise please!

      • UdoJ commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi MS

        That's really a feature our customers are waiting for. Not everyone is using an O365 account where sync is already possible.


      • iJohnnyCash commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yeah I need this feature also!!
        I can't even exchange files between my university and personal account!

        But we as user, we have to admit that this is also a security holes. What if the policy of company is very strict and doesn't want to allow any external movement of the files, for example if you are not at least in a specific rank/position.

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