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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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  • 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

  • Andrei commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Microsoft just can't do this. OneDrive for personal is an application, similar with Dropbox. On the other hand, OneDrive for Business is a completly other application: it's SHAREPOINT!. So... is restricted by design.

  • Robert commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    How could the answer to this be "thanks for the suggestion"?
    Did you really not plan this from the start?

    I work for a company so I have a company OneDrive account.
    I also have a home OneDrive account.
    It is so simple... I want to be able to share folders from my home account so I can open them in my company account. Why can't I just do this?
    And why don't you make it clear if people can't do this... hundreds or thousands of people are wasting thousands of hours trying to do it.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I work with a large state government organisation. This issue is such a problem that staff have stopped using OneDrive and have switched over to other solutions like Google Drive.

    Microsoft you are being left behind here.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Microsoft is going to lose customers with this.

    My organisation is currently trying to utilize the Office 365 for business packages, but after being so heavily invested in the products already, it still feels that we hit a roadblock every time we take a step. Most of the issues seem to be imposed by Microsoft as manipulative ways of squeezing more money out of their customer base.

    News flash Microsoft: You are currently breaking your own applications and making it impossible for users to manage joint venture projects with other organisations. Instead of winning the other companies trust you are showing them that they need a team of staff to manage MS product issues and after that the system still won't work. From stunts like this to removing public download links for sharepoint documents or partially blocking MS Project functionality in the cloud, your customers are fed up, your systems are inefficient and the only reason you even have a clientele is because of Outlook, because for every other app the competition blows you away. Our partners are now forcing us onto DropBox Pro anyway (OneDrive sucks according to them), so I think it's only a matter of time before we dump Office altogether...

  • TV commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Glad I found all these comments, since I have just wasted hours trying to troubleshoot why I could not share a personal file with my small business file. Really disappointed in this and Microsoft's obvious lack of concern. I'm afraid I made a mistake in deciding to use 365 for business and will NOT recommend to my associates.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I want this for a similar reason. I previously did some work things on my personal account, just some personal things like reviews and such. We didn't have oneDrive at work. Now we do. So I thought, "Oh, I'll just share the folder with myself." But no, you can't do that. You can Share it, but only on the web. I can't add that to sync in any way.

    The trouble, from MS point of view, is that some companies would use the personal accounts instead of business accounts. They Want you to pay extra for the business accounts (even though they are exactly the same). Adobe does the same thing. They charge you 20 extra bucks a month for the convenience of being able to manage the users.

    I get it, but get creative Douglas. Limit the number of non-personal shares or something. OR just say that the shares between personal and business are not private from Microsoft, if shared from the personal side. I'd be like...Whoa, what? Can't use that for business then.

    In my case that solution would work, but be annoying I'd have to share it from the opposite side. So I'd copy my data to business, and share it with personal. I wouldn't like that, but it would at least be a compromise so you all could still keep your money grubbing fingers in our pockets.

    Or, you know, you could just let people work together.

    My other big complaint is your skype method. We all hate it because it doesn't work with skype personal. The big companies have skype, but none of the other ones do, and the web interface is bad. So people are still using gotomeeting and similar.
    This problem feels very similar. Oh, and any sort of messaging system? Yeah, we just all use google chat. Because any microsoft solution is garbage. MS just hasn't figured out how to mix personal/business.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    "Thanks for the suggestion. We agree and this is something we’re looking at."

    After 6 months still no answer?!

    Are you kidding me?

    I Change to a professional cloud storage Service like Dropbox or anything else.

  • Oz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Is there any update on this please. This is rendering OneDrive useless for small businesses.

  • Gonzalo Garcia commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    this is one of the things Dropbox does absolutely perfect. I run into trouble today trying to do this and the quick solution was to give my login and password to the other people.

    Please get this done fast.

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