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
We are rolling out Request Files to OneDrive for Business this month (November 2019). Anyone with the file request link will be able to upload files without having to sign in, no OneDrive account required. Best of all, uploaders will only be able to upload files. They can’t view, edit, or even see who else may have uploaded to the request.
There are multiple use cases where this feature can be extremely valuable – consider “Request for Proposal” (RFP) scenario where you need to collect bids from others, or a marketing professional accumulating quotes from various vendors for a campaign, a teacher collecting assignments , a manager reaching out for feedback from his team members or a financial rep or recruiter gathering documents from their clients- just to name a few.
E Cobb commented
Please ensure that this file upload is encrypted!
We are using FileRequestPro.com to receive files from customers in our OneDrive folder. We create a file request links, no need for our customers to create an account in OneDrive.
Very similar to how dropbox works.
Would be great to have this bundle into OneDrive
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.
Jeff Goddard commented
Rohde, I'm curious why companies like sharefile seem to be able to do this. Maybe they are paying for the right to use the dropbox patent?
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!
Dropbox has patented this US20160308881A1 - so you won't see it on any other platform anytime soon.
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.
Hüseyin Gültekin commented
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.
Please implement this request, Microsoft. I love OneDrive but I find myself using Dropbox very often with clients to request files from them.
Josh Roeda commented
please do this. it would be a huge help to our workflow
Rob Nicholson commented
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
so simple please do it!