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OneDrive for Business

What is OneDrive for Business?

OneDrive is Microsoft's cloud-based file hosting service, and it's available to people who are eligible for a University Microsoft account.

Whereas Personal Microsoft accounts give you 5GB of filespace, your University OneDrive file store is a OneDrive for Business account, so you get 1TB of storage space. It gives you a simple way to store, sync and share all kind of files with other people and devices on the web.

You may already have a Personal Microsoft account, which includes a free 5GB OneDrive filestore. Under the University's EES agreement, however, you will use the OneDrive for Business solution. This gives you 1TB of personal filespace that is associated with your University Microsoft account.

Two ways to sync files

Files stored on the OneDrive cloud can be managed via a web browser, and your local sync folder can be viewed in the File Explorer. Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 have OneDrive built-in to the operating system.

OneDrive apps

OneDrive is also available as an app for Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Android and Windows Phone. These apps can be downloaded from the official OneDrive websites.

How does it compare with Dropbox Business

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OneDrive for Business

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Dropbox Business

Common features

Integration with Microsoft 365 Y Y
Online slide show Y Y
Drag and drop file upload Y Y
Create and share folders Y Y
File encryption Y Y
SSL file transfer Y Y

Differentiated features

Cost Free

£55 for students

£66 for staff

Storage size 1TB Unlimited
File size limit 10GB None
File recovery Last 90 days Unlimited
Automatic camera roll backup Android, iOS and Windows phone N
Post to Facebook Y N
Access permission File/folder levels file/folder/group levels

Information stored

Ireland United States

App platforms

Mac Y Y
iOS Y Y
Windows Y Y
Windows phone Y Y
Android Y Y
Linux N Y