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.
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!
Arun Gordon commented
This is very simple to use in Citrix ShareFile
Andrew Almond commented
We desperately need this feature. I don't understand why Microsoft decides to make tons of changes that nobody wants, meanwhile it ignores features that make a ton of sense and are demanded by customers.
Ditto to 110 other comments.
this feature needed on onedrive. It is super simple on Dropbox
As a teacher, I need this feature as well. I want my students to upload documents to a specific folder but not be allowed to delete or edit the other documents from other students. I do not need to create 500 folders with individual permissions that I must sort through in order to access each student's paper. That's absurd. This should be a simple fix.
This is a much needed feature for a business solution like this. Hope to see it soon!
Travis M commented
This would be very helpful and allow me to get rid of the extra dropbox account I maintain strictly for this purpose. Especially when dealing with clients, the simplicity of "File Requests" is great.
Owen C commented
It's a bit silly that we have to result to a workaround that uses a competitor product to request files be securely sent in to us by clients in the easiest possible way for them.
Here's a workaround for the time being:
1) Setup a (free) DropBox account & setup the File Requests you'll want to send out
2) Setup a SharePoint site with the folder structure in the way you want it
3) Setup a Flow to Copy a file from Dropbox to SharePoint (use the template)
4) Add a step to that Flow to Delete a file from DropBox & set the file path using the dynamic content options
5) Send out the File Request links from step 1
Now when people add files through DropBox, they'll get picked up (every 5, 3 or 1 minute depending on your Flow subscription), copied in to SharePoint and then deleted from DropBox.
...Such a faff, but it works & is super easy for end-users.
Another vote to add upload-only (not view) folder with notification a-la sharefile's Request File functionality