Microsoft OneDrive: What You Need to Know about consumer and Business versions


The first thing you need to know is that there are two versions of OneDrive:

  • OneDrive for Business
  • OneDrive

One note about the name, before we go on: OneDrive used to be known as SkyDrive, but a lawsuit resulted in the name change from SkyDrive to OneDrive. 

OneDrive for Business is a comprehensive cloud solution that offers full integration with Microsoft Office at a cost lower than that of its competitors.

OneDrive is a consumer cloud storage platform designed for easy sharing of documents, storage of photos, and is integrated into Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 devices. It includes 7GB of storage for free, and inexpensive upgrades in storage capacity are available.

Commercial organizations should choose OneDrive for Business. OneDrive for Business offers up to 1TB of storage per user for only $2.50 a month (with an annual commitment - promotional pricing in 2014). Microsoft provides a chart that clarifies the differences:

OneDrive for Business offers more features and focuses on collaboration and long-term document management rather than personal file storage. It supports desktop syncing, mobile access, creating and editing of Office documents via Office Web Apps (in a browser), built in integration with the desktop version of Microsoft Office, real-time co-authoring of Office documents, automatic versioning and history of documents, multifactor authentication support, auditing and reporting, advanced administration, SSO/ADFS/Directory sync support, and built in standards compliance.

Microsoft OneDrive - whether consumer or business version - offers more cross-platform compatibility than any other vendor, supporting Windows, Mac, iOS, Windows Phone, Android, and even the Xbox One. Microsoft made compatibility a priority more so than any competitor, as indicated by this table:

Microsoft OneDrive for Business is the smart choice - it's less expensive, has more features, and focuses on compatibility more so than its competitors.

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