Microsoft Gives Businesses New Way To Share Files With Outlook Web App, OneDrive

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Microsoft announced a couple of new ways to share files with Outlook Web App (OWA) and OneDrive for Business. The features are aimed at helping people better share and collaborate with one another.

In OWA, when you send an email, you can insert a link to a file on your OneDrive for Business cloud drive as opposed to just attaching the file itself. Additionally, when you send an attachment, you can now automatically upload the file to your OneDrive for Business cloud drive, and share the file as a link to that location.

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The Office 365 Team explains in a blog post, "Now when you send files to others, instead of having to open the attachment, make edits and then send the document back to you, everyone can simply open the document directly from the link and make edits in a single draft. This means the people you’re working with will always see the latest changes, and you can avoid confusion over multiple versions. It also allows multiple people to make changes to a single document at the same time using the Office clients or Office Online."

It adds, "When you use OWA to share files stored on OneDrive for Business, recipients in the To: and Cc: lines automatically are given permission to view and edit the file. But it’s also easy to change the permissions on the file directly from the email message."

All of this just reduces the friction of sharing files, and makes things a little simpler. You can get further explanation of the features as well as an FAQ section on the Office 365 blog.

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