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.
Erik J. Hoeksma commented
"There's an app for that": in the SharePoint store. We've been using this and it does the trick (free trial available).
Lance Greenwood commented
I have small business clients who want to share files with their clients and for it to be really, really simple to do.(e.g. Architects who want to share images and PDFs of drawings with clients, and allow clients to 'drop in' their own images for inspiration / products / etc). Expecting their clients to have or be happy to create a Microsoft Account just for this means they all continue to use DropBox or other alternatives with this basic capability. So we roll out O365, and then migrate all the files back to DropBox because they don't want to use SharePoint / OD4B AND DropBox...
Come on Microsoft - this is killing adoption of your product in the SMB space...
Well, dropbox just introduced this feature, and it is great. You should hurry up! :)
Moiz Rafay commented
Please put this higher on your backlog as this would be amazing to enhance the visibility and brand awareness of onedrive., by showcasing to people that their loved ones/business associates trust and rely on the service, and demonstrating its practicality and ease of use.
Microsoft, dont miss out! Dropbox just added the feature to their solution! I hope to see the feature in OneDrive soon!
It looks like Dropbox just made an announcement regarding this. Come on, Microsoft! Your competitors are fixing my problems and addressing my user's needs, but you are not. That's so sad, because I am currently your customer! :(
Steve G. commented
Reuben - I must agree with Abiel. Most of the other major file sharing services offer this feature. I sure hope that the OneDrive team moves this feature up in priority. I work for a Microsoft Partner and my CEO requested this function today.
I just came away from a meeting with Citrix ShareFile sales people. Wow! ShareFile makes an Outlook plugin that does so much. It will convert files from attachments to ShareFile links if they're over a size threshold (you set the threshold), you can create an unlimited number of recipients without using up your paid user licenses, and the plugin also allows you to create a "request-a-file" link on the spot. Hello Microsoft, isn't Outlook your product? why doesn't Outlook and One Drive work together?
I think this is also a good idea for OneDrive.com.