Request that someone sends a file to me
I (and my users) often need to request large files from a contact outside my organization, but Office 365 and OneDrive do not provide this functionality in a simple way. Microsoft support tells me to “either create a shared Sharepoint site or ask the other party to upload files to their own OneDrive and share the file”. Both of these “solutions” require the other party to have a Microsoft ID and force me into the awkward position of being a Microsoft evangelist (as I tell them how to get a Microsoft ID, upload the file, and then share it with me).
It would be so much better if I could request files with a true “drop box” link; a reverse-sharing link that allows outsiders to drop files into my OneDrive storage similar to the key drop box at vehicle repair shops. I believe this would require Write-Only permissions for an external user.
For example, an auto insurance agent needs pictures of an accident from a customer using a secure method. They can email a ‘file request link’ to the customer, who can easily upload files to a folder in the insurance companies OneDrive storage.
I apologize in advance if posting a link to competitor’s functionality is considered bad etiquette, but I have experience with other file sharing services who have provided this functionality for a while. This video by ShareFile explains the functionality in better detail: http://support.citrixonline.com/ShareFile/help_files/SF040027
BIG need for this feature.
Kyle Hannan commented
Seriously? No 'file request' feature? How can OneDrive put itself out there as a competitive service without this? Dropbox? Check. Box? Check. Google Drive? Check. OneDrive? Hello? OneDrive?
How can this NOT be part of your service?
What ? This feature does not exist with OneDrive ?
I dont believe you guys !
Common MS. This is file sharing 101 !
As a teacher, this would be a huge lifesaver! My students could just click the Hand-In link in our Class OneNote, and I know all of their assignments are going into one place that I can access from anywhere. Having them just add their assignments to their OneNote sections has been a nightmare (plus it does not work if I need specific file tpyes). Thank you.
When is this gonna happen?
Christian B. commented
Please, please, please do this! ShareFile does this. Dropbox does this. Microsoft needs to do this.
Katrina Currie commented
Any update on this feature? We really need it!
E Cobb commented
Please ensure that this file upload is encrypted!
This feature is needed on OneDrive. Currently, we are using filerequestpro.com which integrate with OneDrive but would be great to have this feature in One Drive by default.
This would be really useful but please allow admins control over which users are able to do this. Please don’t just make it a domain wide on/off. Control it through groups. At least have the option to.
This feature sometimes called "File Deposit Link" is very usefull.
They are disposable links, which expires in a short time.
We intend to buy NetExplorer to do this.
We cannot manage shared folder for thousands of clients with in each different departments.
Each department is related to a different departement in our organization.
It will be a full time job to manage users access rights.
Alejandro Morcate commented
I would like to join the call for this feature. It fragments the user experience, not to mention the compliance headache that exists when people resort to personal accounts for this. Our company uses sharefile only for this purpose, having plenty of cloud storage already available in OneDrive for Business.
@Eugene Lin - any timeline?
Jason Jentzsch commented
Dropbox has had this function for a longtime and used to use it all the time. Hope that this can be added to OneDrive.
Please do this, it's the one thing that stops us from banning DropBox etc on our network and it's a nightmare!
Sorry should of been US20160308881A1
The reason this isn't implemented is because Dropbox owns a patent on it. Look up US10102388B2 .
And write your congressman or senator to stop software patents like this.
This is a feature that should have already been implemented since long time. Microsoft please add to your pipeline as soon as possible.
It's a little disheartening that this idea is four years old and we're still only 'thinking about it' - ShareFile have got the implementation and aesthetic exactly right, and this is a function that my users are crying out for - please move up the timeframe on some kind of implementation of a document request system.