Microsoft finally turns on shared folder sync for OneDrive

Microsoft's cloud storage service, OneDrive, is finally getting one of the most requested features; the ability to sync shared folders. The announcement was made on a User Voice page for the service and the functionality is starting to roll out today.

This feature is an important update for those who use OneDrive for collaboration purposes as it makes sharing folders significantly more useful for projects and the like, as you no longer have to depend on manual cross-folder copying of shared documents.

Microsoft's Jason Moore described how the sync service will work inside of OneDrive:

How does it work? We have a new action on OneDrive, called “Add to my OneDrive.” Whenever you are using OneDrive on the web, or through the mobile app, you’ll see this when you are browsing content that others have shared with you. Clicking “Add to my OneDrive” will add that folder to your OneDrive. From then on, whenever you browse your OneDrive, you’ll be able to see any of the shared folders you’ve added. And on the sync client, when you select what folders to sync, you’ll see all the shared folders you’ve added. Select the shared folder(s) you want and they’ll immediately begin syncing to your PC or Mac.

Unfortunately, based on the description, it may take some time for this feature to show up on your account. But know that it is rolling out right now and will eventually arrive. Also, the feature works with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and OS X; if you are on Windows 8.1, you will need to upgrade to Windows 10 for this feature to work.

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