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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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  • Bob commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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.

  • Hesham commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Very frustrating. Here is something similar. I share a folder to folks that use onedrive live and have a - hotmail or something from MS. This shared folder is not visible as a shared to me thing. I share it from onedrive or business 365, which looks like it has different functionality from onedrive for persons even if the name are the same. There are something called "our files" Here is ALL FILES showed as one flat list. Almost useless. Sharing must be improved.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes, this is a major problem, I spent hours troubleshooting only to just now find this thread :(

  • Barbara commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I could see both personal and business accounts on both home and work computers, until my office upgraded to Windows 10. What changed?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is very much confusing..
    I shared a onedrive for business folder with my personal account. It shows the folder online, but not in my personal onedrive: in the original onedrive for business, but using my personal account!
    What a mess!

  • Eddie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Wow, the amount of gotchas I gotten since switching from gmail to o365 is astounding... Man I drunk the kool-aide and not liking all the issues...

  • Octavio Pittaluga commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I just switch from Google to MS and I’m so disappointed.
    I understand they don’t care about the free options, but what they don’t understand is that they are affecting the small businesses which are paying for their services.
    Please stop playing around with us and be serious in this topic.

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  • Jan Demel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Possible User Stories:

    1. Company has Business Onedrive accounts and want to collaborate with someone outside of the company without a business account. Now they cannot add folders from personal Outlook account into their business accounts and vice versa.

    2. User works in the company with Business Onedrive and wants to add a folder from his personal account so that he has regular access to it via file explorer (some photos, home work, personal music collection or whatever). Now he can't.

    I don't understand why this isn't possible. With Google Drive it was easy to share between personal and business accounts.

  • Kimberly Valesky commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I work in IT and tyring to understand why anyone would want to mix their Business files with their Personal files, when you can simply loginonline to your Business Office 365 account and obtain them when you need them. Also, if you are logged into a personal or business laptop with Windows 10, you should be able to access both onedrives so long as you open and login to both? I know I do, but, maybe some companies limit this ability for security reasons? Only allow business office 365 to authenticate on business approved devices?? Or not allowinng personal Office 365 to authenticate on business computers?

  • Brad Rymer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hello Everyone...I have found a temporary solution for this.

    Yes - It does the sync between Personal OneDrive to OneDrive for Business. You can do more than sharing between 2 accounts for free or you can upgrade. You can schedule it and filter out which folders specifically. You can also perform One Way, Two Way and Custom sync options. I thought I would let everyone know because I do NOT like Dropbox. My company still uses it as a server and it is INSANELY stupid.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    So frustrating because we have producers that have files on their personal one drive when we hire them and then we set up the business for them and they get very confused and can't get files back and forth between. If I share a file with another company I shouldn't have to figure out if they have a personal or business account.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    his is extremely frustrating. I am in a new job and will have to manually transfer all my files from OneDrive to my desktop and then to either Box or Google Drive (just when I DON"T have time to waste). Even though the state university that I work for uses Office 365 it provides other cloud storage solutions for better security and usability. Microsoft you are really missing the boat on this one!! At least an update on this issue does not seem like too much to ask!

  • Rob commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Add one more voice to his complaint/suggestion. Glad I found this link. I only wasted about an hour trying to find a solution :)

    MS -- Please add this feature. Thee is a need to sync files between Onedrive personal and business. Use Case: Working at home on personal laptop for business.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is another reason i cannot move all my company's data to OneDrive / Ofice365.
    Users need to be able to sync folders in the Office365 Business Premium version of Overdrive with external users who are using OneDrive Personal.
    I have to keep much of my company data in Dropbox because it works perfectly for external syncing. Therefore i am paying for two file syncing products and i am unable to use some of the features of Office365 Business Premium because my files don't live there. I need to use a third party file syncing tool from CloudHQ to sync between OneDrive Business / OneDrive Personal / Dropbox. That's subscriptions to three file syncing products to accomplish everything i want to do. That's not a tidy solution.
    Ive spent many hours over the years wanting to like OneDrive and make it work but i am unable to recommend to my colleagues to fully adopt it instead of Dropbox. Also from a training point of view some, some non-technical people have a hard time understanding the difference between Personal and Business Onedrive accounts and having multiple Onedrive accounts synced with the same sync client and who you can sync with if your files are in one location opposed to another...... Dropbox just works, you pop in the email address of the person you want to sync with. OneDrive Business has these characteristics that make if difficult for me to adopt and train people and support. I know the products are very different behind the scenes but from an end user point of view OneDrive would be more usable if you could put all your files without worrying about who i can share with or what version of one drive other people have

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