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OneDrive adds support for shared folder sync

OneDrive adds support for shared folder sync

by AshwinAugust 5, 2015

Microsoft’s cloud storage service, OneDrive now has a cool feature that most of its competitors have had for a long time.


If you are wondering what I am talking about, it is support for shared folder sync.

Very often, we run into occasions where we need to send a bunch of files to someone. It could be a set of documents which you want to share with a colleague, or to send a fellow student some study materials,or just an amazing photo collection which you want to share with your family and friends.

Instead of uploading them individually, and sending out links for each of the files, you can just put them all together into one folder and share the folder with the recipient.

Now, sometimes, the recipient may add their own set of files to the folder, for you to view, read or edit. This will oly be available to you if the cloud storage service syncs the folder and all changes inside of it, for all users.

OneDrive did not have this feature, and users began requesting for the same, over at the Microsoft UserVoice forums.

Neowin reports that Microsoft has not only officially acknowledged the request, but also added it recently. A few days ago, Jason Moore, the Group Program Manager for OneDrive, announced that  shared folder sync has been added to the cloud storage service, and also explained how it would work.

Apparently OneDrive has a new action called “Add to my OneDrive”, and this allows users of both the web version or mobile apps to add any shared content (which someone has shared with them) to their account. Once the option has been enabled,¬† OneDrive will display such folders in your account when you browse the service.

For the syncing part to work, all you have to do is to select folders which you want to be synced, using the sync client (such as the app natively built into Windows 10), and this requires you to have Editor permissions, because the sync for shared folders is two way. Once selected, the shared folders will instantly begin the syncing process on your system, be it a PC or a Mac.

The bad news is that, this feature isn’t available for everyone just yet. Microsoft is rolling out slowly, probably in phases. Oh, and OneDrive Shared Folder Sync is available for Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Mac OS X.

But Windows 8.1 users cannot use it, and the only way to get it is by upgrading to Windows 10.