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

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:

Thank you!

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  • Christian B. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please, please, please do this! ShareFile does this. Dropbox does this. Microsoft needs to do this.

  • Conrad commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This feature is needed on OneDrive. Currently, we are using which integrate with OneDrive but would be great to have this feature in One Drive by default.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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.

  • Gilles commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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.

  • Jason Jentzsch commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Dropbox has had this function for a longtime and used to use it all the time. Hope that this can be added to OneDrive.

  • Andy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please do this, it's the one thing that stops us from banning DropBox etc on our network and it's a nightmare!

  • Rohde commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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.

  • Giovanni commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is a feature that should have already been implemented since long time. Microsoft please add to your pipeline as soon as possible.

  • Trevor commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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.

  • Hüseyin Gültekin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Upload only folder would be a good option.
    If we can set a password (non MS account) with (write only/read/edit permissions to for a specific folder would be great.

  • Nik commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please implement this request, Microsoft. I love OneDrive but I find myself using Dropbox very often with clients to request files from them.

  • Rob Nicholson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    My client sometimes needs to get large files from their clients. They have Office 365 and from a security point of view, keeping everything within OneDrive is a big audit tick. The lack of this very useful features means my client *has* to use Dropbox

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