Integrate SharePoint Metadata, Views with Windows Explorer
Windows should be a first-class enterprise experience for SharePoint to drive adoption. Therefore the File Explorer should be able to view and edit (with the correct permissions) SharePoint columns and views. Windows Explorer should inherit all the rights trimmed experience of SharePoint permissions, so it is possible to lock things down so users can't make a mess of things in Windows Explorer
Thanks for your feedback! Although we appreciate your time and effort to give us this feedback, it’s not something we’re planning to do right now. Instead, we’d like to improve our metadata story across Office, Office Online, and mobile apps. Technically speaking, we are much more able to influence the experience of these places than we are Windows Explorer.
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Diane Frei commented
Without this feature, we will not even start using SharePoint. Because without it, SharePoint is only useful as a replacement for an intranet. We can not use it in this form as a replacement for a file storage system. And we do not need an intranet. So SharePoint is useless to us in this form.
Agree with everyone else, serious over sight. By allowing users to open with explorer they have the terrible habit if just staying there, as such never any metadata. if they can see it in win explorer then they can see the benefits and go fill it in.
At least create an add-in that will allow integration
Don Archer commented
Absolutely critical feature and a gross oversight by MS. Please address this issue asap.
This is a critical feature. It needs to be added asap.
I ditto every comment on here. It is a deal breaker.
CoR CEC commented
So what they are basically saying is : you chose to work with our OS, you fool, there is no point using it.
Seems perfectly logic ...
Yep, need this feature asap. My site is perfect. I just need to be able to sync it to windows explorer now please.
I went to look for this feature today and surprised that it is not there already. Also that the voting has been shut down - feels like MS has selective hearing.
Linn Stanley commented
This problem completely stalls out attempts to get users to adopt the metadata/tagging/views approach vs. folders. Like everyone else here, I'm stunned this is the SharePoint Team's response.
This is the last issue that keeps our user community from adopting share point. We are trying to get rid of complex folder structures and utilize the meta-data, but if you send a zipped up file set to a client its useless because the client can't filter, group etc. All the client has is the file name. Without meta-data transfer, you need to rebuild the meta data into a folder structure. Totally defeats the purpose..
This prevents us from using Sharepoint properly.
This is a ridiculous feature to overlook. How can you suggest using metadata and tagging instead of folders in SharePoint but then not carry that functionality over locally? It completely defeats the purpose and SharePoint (in O365 at least) is much too slow to use as a functional file repository exclusively online
With the strength of files on demand and it's obvious deep integration with Windows... this needs to be done! Without the metadata to search or filter the synced library, the files are virtually worthless locally. This is an abandonment of fundamental SharePoint... metadata!
It is possible now to view and edit the column values from Sharepoint in Windows Explorer. It would be absolutly necessary.
Alastair Dinning commented
this would be a huge win, when working with users who are used to storing files locally on their desktops.
This is such a massive frustration now the desire we have to use SP and its lovely meta data filtering.
There are external supplies offering this capability which feels rediculous, i dont get why this cannot be added to the Sync for business client.
Given the client base is massive, it seems silly to miss this opportunity and let others take revenue from this issue.
The posters below are complaining but are likely a snapshot of the issue, given ive only found this forum after 4 or 5 days of frantc google searching to resolve this, the majority would miss it.
I may as well add my voice to this series of disappointments.
To ignore the very essence of what SharePoint is to most of it's massive user base, a document repository that relies heavily on metadata as well as simplicity, and for you to pretty much refuse to integrate with the operating system that is mandatory to 90% of the features is bonkers.
You really should re-think your approach and your answer to this question.
I have the same view as the previous comments. What is the benefit of syncing locally (e.g. for OFFLINE work Yes this still exists.) without having the metadata accessible?
One comment said: it's just another user interface to a document library..............and you do NOT have only MS products in such a library. So no benefit when focusing on products assocated with Office.
Would strongly suggest to reconsider this decision
Terrible answer from the sharepoint team.
Metadata sync is a deal breaker for my organization, I was under the impression that, being a Microsoft product, sharepoint would integrate seamlessly with explorer when I Sync a doc library.
What is the point of having the sync if the user experience will not be enforced inside of Windows. Required metadata isn't enforced, synced files can be upload with zero metadata, making sync useless.
Was MS so short sighted to think that users would only incorporate SharePoint and MetaData into their environments to use only office applications?