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.
Stop thinking about it! Get on with it!
Come on Microsoft...we are all rooting for you here, your competitors are forging ahead GET ON IT, PLEEEAASE!
we might just switch to google then.. it's been over 2 years bruh
Something really needs to be done here. A lot has been invested and something that seems simple has taken years to be noticed/acknowledged. Please provide us a fix.
Just ran into the same problem. Microsoft will not fix this simple issue. Through past experience, I am just converting to Google Drive because I know Microsoft will not fix this in a timely manner, when they do fix it, it will make it worse and create more problems. Then the tech people will spend 12-18 months cutting and pasting a cookie cutter "solution" that does not address the problem and will mark the problem "solved".
Sagar Joshi commented
This is extremely frustrating. !! Can someone at least update on any progress on this? It is important to know if a solution will be made available at all ?
Oleg Kozlovskii commented
Same issue - a vendor with a private account, I'm with business. We cannot share files through OneDrive. Microsoft reminds me of the worst bureaucracies of the USSR - the simplest most obvious functions are not performed and things that can be fixed in two days of coding are going unattended for years. Do something about it!
Christian Wickham commented
You can work around this limitation with an Office 365 feature. I explain how to use this for the photo upload feature, but you can transfer it to other folders that can be monitored. It's got a few steps, but is free, needs no extra software and is supportable by Microsoft. See the steps on this page
Very important topic for our company.
Guess I'll just head over to Google drive and get the functionality that is needed.
Chris B commented
I volunteer for a nonprofit organization and used OneDrive personal very effectively in a comprehensive textbook rewrite. I switched to the business OneDrive because I was already using it for Outlook exchange. Took a lot of work to switch over. Now I cannot communicate with the group through OneDrive. This is a major problem. This must be resolved if OneDrive is to be what it shoudl be.
Come on Microsoft!!! As a cloud partner selling office 365, I have just found a customer cannot share a OD for Business folder with their accounts person under their OD Personal. Not only that the business person cannot even create a OD personal under their domain email. This is really sloppy!!!!
I am clueless here. how come I can not even see the folder that I shared from my business account to my personal account? It opens in a new account instead of merging!
Øistein Kjos commented
The reason why onedrive and onedrive for business don't talk to each other is that onedrive for business is not a onedrive. It's sharepoint with a fancy face.
This is like skype and skype for business. Microsoft is tricking you to think they are two versions of the same program by using the same name but they are independet non-compatible solutions.
We're going back to dropbox because of this.
The reply from Microsoft "We agree and this is something we’re looking at - 2016" should be enough of a warning
Any update on this? I thought this should have been a minimum required feature and not just something people need to ask for (it has been years now)
My company's IT Dept. updated my Office on Work PC from 2013 to 2016/365 and now I can't add personal OneDrive to Offices on Work PC. I was able to do so with Office 2013 and was extreeeeeemly useful.
I guess it is time to go back to old school thumb drive file sharing.
Yes, this is an issue for me as well. Want to have my personal file in OD but want to share with a couple of people who only have OD for Biz accounts. After IT worked on this for an hour, they left and found this article. I hope MS will fix this.
Did you ever address this?
When we used Google docs there where no issues in sharing. Now people has to search around for those super long Urls in their mail to find something that is shared between business users and other users. There should be a shared with me button somewhere that not only reflects the sharing within the organization, but also with partners. Very bad sharing.
According to Microsoft support it is not possible to share between personal and business accounts. But there are many other possible things you can achieve what you want to do:
- You can have more than one personal account and more than one business account all installed on the same computer(s), tablet or even mobile
- You can specify which folders to sync from each account on each computer separately
- You can share between personal accounts and you can share between business accounts
Using these options I managed to achieve all sort of sharing I need without any confidentiality or security issues