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.
Chris Webb commented
@Dan, yea that's all it is, is setting permissions on a folder that has a link to get to access, there isn't a mechnism in place to allow people to just randomly send files in.
It works as @Abiel describes, but is this simply giving guests full access to a folder? On Dropbox, guests upload their files and never see the directory the file goes to, nor the other files one might be collecting there. Is that the case here? Because it seems like guests would have the ability to see - and edit - other files in the destination folder. Am I looking at this correctly?
Chris Webb commented
@William you don't have to log in, hence why he said the "Get a link" feature. This is an anonymous link that does NOT require a login. They click the link. Upload the file(s) to the folder and boom let you know it's done. (Notifications for this are planned). So essentially this is done. They could probably make a button that does this all in one step I suppose very easily but the functionality definatley is there and has been added recently in the past month or two.
William Dibbern commented
@Abiel so close to perfect. Ideally you wouldn't need to be signed in to upload a file to a folder created in such a manner. Forcing some outsider to sign up for an account just to upload one file doesn't quite cover the use case. I'll stick with dropbox for this for now.
I'm happy to report that this feature has been implemented. Simply open OneDrive for Business, create a new folder and click "Get a Link". The default link allows any user to edit. Forward that link to an outside collaborator and they are able to upload files.
That's precisely what I wanted. Thank you, finally, and you can mark this request "Boom! It's Done".
Ryan Westover commented
Box has a similar option where folders have an associated email address. This is great when we want to have servers send logs to folders in Box and we can then have them stored there. The files must be sent as attachments. Would be nice if OneDrive had this.
We also need this feature in OneDrive! Aha, DropBox has it! Sad, but it's perhaps time to move to DropBox.
I can not believe this features STILL isn't incorporated into OneDrive. Amazing and truly a great reason to stick with Dropbox.
This would be an ideal addition to functionality in terms of education and submission of digital assignments.
Update please. I/we need this! We need a solution like dropbox has already! Upload files WITHOUT an account!
Any update on this? A lot of businesses need this and I'd think it should be higher on your backlog
Jaroslaw Danilczuk commented
Would cut usage of 3rd party services immediately. Now it's the only missing part of the MS cloud storage solutions.
Absolutely needed. I could move entirely to OneDrive (and stop using DropBox) if a file request feature were implemented. Until then...
Hi Rueben Krippner - any updates to your plans for implementation?
Absolutely mandatory to use OneDrive in business
Totally need that
Trevor Bennett commented
This feature would be a huge win - we are actively mourning the loss of this particular feature in our shift from ShareFile to OneDrive/SharePoint.
All other file share services have this feature. I feel it is time to be added.
I can have people send documents to my person onedrive using dropittome. why not just add the some functionality to office 365?
Bryce Hansen commented
It's been almost 2 years since MS said they were thinking about it.....but no functionality yet. Come on MS!