Office 365 – Sharing just got easier

Do you recognise the situation, you understand the fundamental ideas of SharePoint. You don’t share attachments in emails internally, but they do.

Sharing a link

You send a link to a document to a colleague and they first create a local copy. Then once they have updated the document you get a copy (with the addition of v2 in the file name!).

I’m quite sure that a lot of people have never used Co-Authoring in Word while this is one of the best features ever in word.

Have these issue been resolved? No. But did my Sharing just get easier? Yes.

Today when I started Word I got the following message after the latest updates were installed.


With these latest updates in Office there is a new feature behind the Share


The Get a sharing link now gives two links creation buttons.


The first option is Edit link and the second option is View-only linkEditLink

Once the link has been created it is available when the document is opened. The first time it takes a while to generate the link.


The two urls to my documents now look like this:

Edit link

https:/ /

View-only link

https:/ /

So both links are pretty similar just an access token that is different.

These links can now be sent to other people and they can either view or edit the document.

4 thoughts on “Office 365 – Sharing just got easier

  1. With this new sharing model, how do you get the direct URL path of a document? One that does not contain guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken= ?

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