Shared Excel files opening as Read Only when shared through OneDrive link

I am trying to figure out how to use the shareable link option to allow recipients outside of my company to edit Excel files that I share with them. Currently, when I send a link to someone outside the company, they can only open a “read-only” version of the file, even when the permissions for the link are set to “Anyone can view and edit.” According to all the support literature I can find, this should allow anyone to be able to edit the file. This is not the case, however, and I am wondering what I am missing. Any help would be appreciated.

It should be noted that this is the OneDrive web interface. We are using Business Essentials licenses.

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Hi Jon,

Thanks for your information in PM.

The file you shared with me is in .xls type and I opened it in read-only mode too. I would like to explain that, Excel online do support .xls file, but when you youself open this file format, Excel Online will convert it to a newer .xlsx file. If we share the .xls file to others, as they don't have permission to create a newer file on your OneDrive, so this file cannot be reverted or edited from their side. 

So I suggest you share .xlsx files to external users to check the outcome. They will be able to edit .xlsx files if they have edit permission.

Thanks for your understanding.
Linda

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