We agree 100% with the suggestion and are exploring ways to enable this. This represents a significant amount of engineering work hence we don’t have a schedule to share yet.Steve commented
Obviously there are some considerations wrt users circumventing the costs associated with OneDrive for Business and Personal wrt to the different costs, but this needs some consideration given the nature of the divide between work and home. Two years with nothing to show for it suggests this is a place ideas go to die.
For example, here are some potential solutions to your problem. You could:
- Make users associate a personal account with a business account (and dissociate on either end when the employee moves on).
- Associate user data against the business' directory of employees.
- Limit the functionality of accessibility on the personal (cheaper) side.
- Define the access parameters
- At least relax the sharing requirements between users/businesses who are paying customers (aka restrict free accounts).
At least one of those would be a good launch-off point to polish.
Ultimately, with all the training literature trying to push business' more onto the cloud, business users need to hedge their bets due to accessibility concerns. If an external contractor is going to use OpenOffice or Libre, I can't control their processes, and thus can't force them to conform (since it would ultimately be at my own expense). In that scenario, I would then need to hire additional document control personnel to coordinate the management of information since there are extra hoops to jump through (as I can't have an engineer or manager sitting around porting documents), which I'm really not going to do when things need to run leaner these days, not heavier.
We’re working on the ability to share a file or folder with a specific Microsoft Account.Steve commented
I'd have to agree with most of the commentary here; file sharing between accounts is a pretty typical offering for most cloud storage platforms - for example, my wife and I share individual folders (like gift lists) in Google Drive (not sure if it's because I'm premium or just standard), and I also share certain folders with myself for access on accounts that have gotten setup in the past for my work (to limit what can be accessed or monitored on business computers, say if I want to have my resumes available, I'm not having to port this data around, I can just work on a single entity).
Best I can tell, I can't migrate to the Microsoft offering because this adds complexity rather than facilitates ease-of-use, which is essential for many in my family.
It's (obviously) impractical to expect users to keep and organize "links" to folders they want to access, especially when there are multiple shared folders to access, especially if I want to take a copy, revise it, and then later re-introduce it into its origin point.
There are often times I'd also benefit from having access to tools from my OneDrive account, but I also can't access these from my OneDrive for Business account (which does have the described functionality).
I don't think anyone is saying anything that isn't well known, but these basic features probably shouldn't be one of those features you put behind the red velvet cardon, which I suspect is the real reason it isn't integrated.
If the fear is users daisy-chaining a bunch of free accounts together to maximize space (which I would suggest can be done anyways in other ways), MS could at least make this a feature that sits behind the paid subscription (or a dozen other ways).
The business argument would then be modelling it as it currently is disincentivizes paying customers in favor of seeking a (potentially free) work-around (or worse, a competitor).
I'd also venture that the password-protected link sharing is really a solution to a different problem - sharing documents with users who sit outside the Microsoft ecosystem; if you look at it like this, it's clear a step is obviously missing, which raises the real question of why is it missing (and there's obviously a reason).