Open local files with online aps
When we were first pitched office 365 we were told we'd be able to open local files (from C:\ or a network share) in the online aps.
That is no longer possible, but something our E1 users require.
Especially since they cannot save attachments directly to onedrive.
While we could simply double-click on a Google Docs file locally to edit them online, there is no such thing with O365 as they didn't create a dedicated extension. Only workaround I found is that you can right-click and "View/Display online" but not that simple...
You can go to office.com with an E1 license and click Upload and Open.
This not an oversight, Microsoft is not stupid, full of very smart people. They force you to use OneDrive, because if your files are there, you'll probably stay a Microsoft customer longer. Microsoft, what happened to putting customer's need first? If we wanted an all controlled environment in the cloud, we would have used gSuite.
Check this out, it lets you view local office files too:
How it works? I created a small glitch app, that hosts for a short period of time the local files, that you wish to view and discards them right after it is uploaded to the Microsoft viewer.
Daniel Gordon commented
MyWorkDrive.com adds this functionality. Our customers install myworkdrive and using our file web access portal they can edit documents online in office 365 and all files are saved back to the local server.
Absolutely ridiculous not to be able to open local documents.
I want to be able to be able to simply use 365 online and open a file from my local machine WITHOUT having to use any online file storage mechanism, directly from my local drive. There are m-a-n-y reasons I need to do this. Is that at all possible?
What an embarrassment ! Nothing to install on a "Microsoft" operating system to simply associate "Microsoft" Office files with the "Microsoft" online application.
E Settle commented
I agree that this should be incorporated. It is extremely frustrating to go through the process of searching for and finally locating a file in the directory and then have to open the program and search for it again in order to open it. There are some aspects of the original software format (pre 365) that are sadly missing from the online version.
Blue Plante commented
Should have been a no brainer to allow access to local files and mapped drives. Huge oversight Microsoft!