792 votesBrad Wilson commented
I use Excel a lot for my business, which at times involves working on some complex business modelling and a lot of collaboration with external parties.
When I receive a spreadsheet that has had several hundred hours of work spent on it by some highly paid people, and simply by opening it I cause all of the external references to get replaced by an online URL to my specific onedrive account for no good reason and without me asking it to do so, those highly paid people and their bosses and their clients get really mad.
This brain-**** of a feature has already resulted in god-knows how many thousands of dollars of wastage because I was the guy who opened it from Onedrive (more than once, I'm embarrased to admit), so whatever collaborative benefits it was designed to deliver is, in my case at least, utterly negated by the impacts of some very common real-world scenarios that must occur in offices every day.
The only way around this is to disable the Onedrive option "Use Office applications to sync Office files that I open", and be sure to only ever open Excel files locally. This is unfortunate, because this option also applies to Word and Powerpoint files too, and ultimately means that the otherwise great collaboration features of Office go unused; all because of one silly weakness in just one part of the Office suite.
Microsoft, you do some good stuff these days, but it's nuanced issues like this that have really big impacts and weaken the rest of your products (there are many other issues of a similar nature) that I just shake my head at in disbelief - more so when it has been a known and ongoing issue for a number of years.
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We don’t have a timeline yet but it’s still on our radar.Brad Wilson commented
How is it that there is so much feedback on this seemingly no-brainer feature request, yet absolutely no response from Microsoft other than a smug initial brush-off? A consumer-oriented company would be responding all over this considering the sheer volume of responses - at the very least acknowledging it's importance to people; better still explaining why it still isn't in the product; and even better, fast-tracking the release of it and offering the participants of this thread the opportunity to be beta testers.
MS is showing yet again its contempt for its customers, and the degree to which it is quite out of touch with their needs and problems.