Microsoft OneDrive

Microsoft OneDrive

Secure access, sharing & file storage

4.4/5 (6337 reviews)

Microsoft OneDrive Overview

OneDrive is a secure access, sharing and file storage solution which enables users to store and share photos, videos, documents, and more anytime, anywhere via any device, including desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobiles. Offeringa centralized platform, OneDrive gives users quick access to all of their photos and documents. OneDrive allows users to keep all of their favorite photos and videos safe, even if something happens to their device, with remote device wiping technology.

Users can also share files or entire folders, like photo albums, without attaching anything. Since OneDrive works with Office, users can create, edit and share their documents easily. OneDrive supports other collaboration tools such as real-time co-authoring, which allow users to work with anyone inside or outside of their organization. Users can use built-in search and discovery tools to find relevant files quickly.

Native mobile apps for Windows, iOS and Android give users the flexibility to access and share files on the go, via any mobile device. OneDrive also supports a number of security features including device access rules, device reports and remote device wiping. Users can also track which files are being shared, and with whom. In-app sharing enables each employee to seamlessly share and set specific access permissions for their files, based on the organization’s settings.

Pricing

Starting from
US$5,00
Pricing options
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Free
Subscription
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Markets

Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America

Supported Languages

Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish and 22 others, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian

Microsoft OneDrive Reviews

Overall rating
4.4/5
88% positive reviews
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Caitlin R.

OneDrive simplifies Microsoft file sharing and storage

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/06/14
Review Source: Capterra

I must admit I was reluctant at first because I am a Type A control freak and someone else doing the driving made me nervous about the mistakes and headaches. That hasn't happened. When I say it hasn't happened, I mean it hasn't happened one time. I use Office as my everyday life and it is incredible that with the amount of data for research for journal articles, my protocols and information regarding training, all of the outside work I do with volunteer groups, etc. that things don't mix themselves up, get lost, or have files get lost. In the past I have had external hard drives have sector failures. This eliminates that and I now rely on it. I am waiting for the day where all of our computer interactions can merge formatting for one seamless interaction but for now, of all of the cloud products I use, this by far is the best.

Pros

When you are working with a Microsoft product, OneDrive takes on the process of doing the work for you once you tell it to. It will back up your information to the cloud, auto save your edits, allow you to give other people access to any particular files and then allow you to allow or deny them edit access. Much of this is capable of being done through Mark-up, etc. but with OneDrive it is occurring in real time and you do not have to send, wait for the response, edit, and then send again. You are able to create a portfolio of a folder that contains multiple files so coworkers or coauthors can locate the various areas and make edits as needed while you work on a different aspect. Plus, when the inevitable screen of death occurs, those last second back-ups that never made it to your external hard drive are saved in the cloud as OneDrive truly is backing up every single thing you do.

Cons

There is a little difficulty for some less computer oriented coworkers to understand seeing duplicate files listed- one set on OneDrive and then also on desktop. I try to explain to them to think about their computer being attached to a box outside the computer that is also storing the same info in case it gets lost. That typically helps a lot. The other thing that is challenging is when you toggle it on, you have it writing the memory of the file in real time, so if you want to play around with edits and not have them saved, you have to remember to toggle it off, or create a separate file.

Rating breakdown

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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Shane K.

Excellent storage ,when used wisely!

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/06/08
Review Source: Capterra

As stated though, If you do make sure all the settings are right before things get slowed down, its an amazing experience having the cloud at your finger tips on mobile, and laptop, Desktop, and both my Xbox and Xbox1 working together. As well as the ability to load my games from Xbox1 onto it, and go to a fiends house who has the system, but not the game, and be able to play it there, with MY profile in all its glory, and when i return home, all my progress returns with me for more solo gaming.

Pros

Well i love that i linked all my Microsoft stuff together, At the time i first used it i was using an Xbox 360, the Xbox1 , desktop , and laptop for school and not to mention mobile phone as well. when i would make game clips from call of duty and upload them i could move seamlessly from Console to PC for editing my clips, Then for school when i would be at lunch in between class, i could still access any video clips on the go, and upload homework assignments, to then return home and work on my desktop once again.

Cons

Not a fan of when it will automatically grab everything, and i mean EVERY random silly thing you have off your PC and max out your storage, then it was just a hassle to turn off the auto upload, and would always end up getting tired of it slowing my startup to a crawl, then the left click delay would be...Just unbearable, to finally be able to hit settings, sometimes overshooting it and closing it again... having to right click once again, carefully work my way there again, and click it, for a slow load to finally FINALLY unchecked that box, and apply my settings. And thank goodness every windows installation i do i always forget to turn it off and then do the song and dance once again .

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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

If you want Microsoft OneNote then you MUST have OneDrive and have it installed RIGHT!

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/06/09
Review Source: Capterra

One of the worst application experiences I have ever had the displeasure of living thru regarding getting it to "work", all-encompassing, pertaining to all I did previously say.

Pros

The best overall thing that I like most about OneDrive is that it literally has become my ONLY app that I use for cloud storage that syncs between my local machine and the cloud. I use 3 other apps, but ONLy OneDrive do I allow to sync bi-directionally with my local machine. I depend solely on OneDrive to make sure my ENTIRE LIFE (business and personal) is ALWAYS in sync---in real-time-----ALL THE TIME 24/7. The ability to use the Android Mobile App to access easily all my OneDrive Files is exceptional. I could not live without my OneDrive as it literally DRIVES my "ONE-LIFE", all-encompassing!

Cons

The absolute WORST and I really mean THE WORST thing about OneDrive is that it RUNS Microsoft OneNote! You can't have ONE without the other ONE. The TWO are BOTH actually ONE when all technicalities are taken into consideration. Additionally, in order to get BOTH of them to work properly after a "clean-install" of Windows 10 is a total nightmare (unless you have done it so many times like I have, and now I know how to "do it" without a dozen hours of MS Office 365 Tech Support Calls. They branded it correctly with "OneDrive" as it truly is your ONEDRIVE on your computer if you choose to use this cloud storage application. The fact is, OneNote is the the most often used application I have, and therefore, I had no choice but to utilize OneDrive, by default! Now that I have, I have grown to actually like it a lot, though! Lastly, I wish there was a choice to NOT sync to my local machine, but there isn't....and when configuring a system to have the OneDrive Folder NOT be in its default location is beyond a total nightmare to get done correctly!

Rating breakdown

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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Edward M.

Cloud computing made easy

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2019/05/27
Review Source: Capterra

So easy to use and great for not only being able to access your working files from anywhere, but is also acts as a backup, something we humans are notoriously lax at. And in the couple of years of use, I've never witnessed lack of access or downtime.
A good, reliable product.

Pros

Say what you like about Microsoft, but their OneDrive offer IS good! A trusted name, a reliable product you can access anywhere (obviously needing an internet connection), and safety in the knowledge that unlike SOME other cloud storage providers, your photographs (in particular) are not being accessed, permission granted or not!

The free offer, with 5 gigabytes, is certainly very suitable for those wanting a cloud storage solution for documents or spreadsheets to eliminate using memory sticks, especially if using Office 365 products which all storage options include. However, where OneDrive really ups the game is for their Premium OneDrive offer. This provides 1TB for each of people, including Office 365 and a host of security features and productivity tools. And as I mentioned, Microsoft do not ask to access your photographs.

In use, it is naturally very easy. There is nothing that should trip anyone up, unless you close your browser down while uploading or downloading! And secure sharing options are there, whether you want to allow users a link, access via email, editor status or not. And it makes no difference whether access is via Windows, iOS or Android.

And having your working documents not only accessible from anywhere but also backed up, is a boon.

And importantly, it doesn't cost a fortune.

Cons

I think the only con is the rather obvious one, and that applies to ANY cloud host. If you haven't an internet connection, you can't get to your storage!

There really is nothing to dislike about it.

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Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10

Storing Files in the Cloud has Never Been Easier!

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2019/05/07
Review Source: Capterra

OneDrive has allowed us as a company to move away from traditional file shares stored on-premises to a hybrid cloud-based file storage setup, with personal user storage stored in OneDrive and company files on-premises. This way users are always able to access their files even when not connected to the company network. We have been able to decommission several file servers as a result of moving to OneDrive, and hope to eventually store all company files in OneDrive/SharePoint in the future.

Pros

The OneDrive client itself is very responsive, detecting and syncing any modifications to files to the cloud almost instantaneously. A sizeable 1 terabyte of storage space is provided with an E1 licence, which is more than enough to store a user's personal files in most cases. GPOs can be used in an enterprise setting to control aspects of the OneDrive client, including default OneDrive folder locations, enabling Files on Demand to save disk space, and sync bandwidth limits. OneDrive integrates very well with the rest of the Microsoft product eco-system, becoming the default save location for Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files once set up. A recent update has added the ability to automatically sync your Documents, Pictures, and Desktop folders to OneDrive without needing to manually configure additional options (this is an incredibly useful feature for an enterprise setting). Microsoft's support is quick to respond to support tickets and is very helpful. The application also auto-updates on startup, which means there is less administration needed to maintain current releases on all devices. The OneDrive mobile app is available for mobile working.

Cons

Some users have trouble with the concept of OneDrive and cloud storage, so a good amount of training should be provided when rolling out the application. The application itself installs in the user's 'AppData Roaming' folder rather than the 'Program Files' folder which means if multiple users are logged into the computer there will be multiple OneDrive installations, one for each user (however this is rectified in the newest insider releases of OneDrive where the application installs to the 'Program Files' folder, but this will take time to reach general release). If the application has issues syncing a file, it is not immediately apparent to the user as the only notification is a small red error icon shown over the OneDrive taskbar icon.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10

Microsoft OneDrive Pricing

Starting from
US$5,00
Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

OneDrive: Free storage for personal files.

OneDrive for Business Plan 1: $5.00 user/month (annual commitment)
OneDrive for Business Plan 2: $10.00 user/month (annual commitment)

Contact Microsoft for detailed pricing information.

Microsoft OneDrive Features

  • Access Control
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • File Management
  • Permission Management
  • Search Functionality
  • Third Party Integration

  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Chat
  • Collaborative Workspace
  • Commenting
  • Communication Management
  • Customizable Branding
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Projections
  • SSL Security

Additional information for Microsoft OneDrive

Key features of Microsoft OneDrive

  • Adapts video playback to internet speed
  • Anywhere access
  • Automatic camera roll backup
  • Browse animated GIFs & search for text in photos
  • Collaboration tools
  • Create & share folders
  • Data loss prevention management
  • Desktop synchronization
  • Device access rules
  • Device reports
  • Device-specific selective sync
  • Document management
  • Document review
  • Document storage
  • Document tracking
  • Edit Office docs online simultaneously
  • Export to Excel
  • Feedback collection
  • File sharing
  • File storage
  • File type support
  • In-place holds
  • Microsoft Office integration
  • Microsoft Office online
  • Mobile scanning
  • Online viewing for Office documents
  • Permission management
  • Photo management
  • Post to Facebook, share captions & geotags
  • Real time co-authoring
  • Remote device wiping
  • Save notebooks to OneDrive
  • Search & discovery tools
  • Secure access
  • Share online & email slide shows
  • Survey management
  • Surveys & feedback
  • Track changes, automatically save previous versions
  • Upload multimedia from mobile devices

Benefits

  • Smart files: Access OneDrive files anytime, anywhere without using all your storage or bandwidth. Choose the files you want online and offline.

  • Easy saving: Every Windows Store app can save files directly to OneDrive without any extra work

  • Camera roll backup: Choose to automatically upload all of the photos and videos you create with your built-in camera to the Camera Roll folder, in either good or best quality. It even works on a metered connection.

  • Sync settings: You can now backup as well as sync your PC/device settings, including start screen settings, installed apps, app data, and even your Internet Explorer favorites.

  • Mobility: Native mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows phones give you the flexibility to access and share files on the go.

  • Microsoft OneDrive FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for Microsoft OneDrive.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Microsoft OneDrive offer?

    Microsoft OneDrive offers the following pricing plans:

    Starting from: US$5,00

    Pricing model: Free, Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    OneDrive: Free storage for personal files.

    OneDrive for Business Plan 1: $5.00 user/month (annual commitment)
    OneDrive for Business Plan 2: $10.00 user/month (annual commitment)

    Contact Microsoft for detailed pricing information.

    Q. What are the main features of Microsoft OneDrive?

    Microsoft OneDrive offers the following features:

    • Adapts video playback to internet speed
    • Anywhere access
    • Automatic camera roll backup
    • Browse animated GIFs & search for text in photos
    • Collaboration tools
    • Create & share folders
    • Data loss prevention management
    • Desktop synchronization
    • Device access rules
    • Device reports
    • Device-specific selective sync
    • Document management
    • Document review
    • Document storage
    • Document tracking
    • Edit Office docs online simultaneously
    • Export to Excel
    • Feedback collection
    • File sharing
    • File storage
    • File type support
    • In-place holds
    • Microsoft Office integration
    • Microsoft Office online
    • Mobile scanning
    • Online viewing for Office documents
    • Permission management
    • Photo management
    • Post to Facebook, share captions & geotags
    • Real time co-authoring
    • Remote device wiping
    • Save notebooks to OneDrive
    • Search & discovery tools
    • Secure access
    • Share online & email slide shows
    • Survey management
    • Surveys & feedback
    • Track changes, automatically save previous versions
    • Upload multimedia from mobile devices

    Q. Who are the typical users of Microsoft OneDrive?

    Microsoft OneDrive has the following typical customers:

    Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business

    Q. What languages does Microsoft OneDrive support?

    Microsoft OneDrive supports the following languages:

    Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Microsoft OneDrive offer?

    Microsoft OneDrive has the following pricing plans:

    Free, Subscription

    Q. Does Microsoft OneDrive support mobile devices?

    Microsoft OneDrive supports the following devices:

    Android, iPhone, iPad

    Q. What other apps does Microsoft OneDrive integrate with?

    Microsoft OneDrive integrates with the following applications:

    Bitium, Bitrix24, Elium, ONLYOFFICE, Paradiso LMS, Pipeliner CRM, SharePoint, Wrike, Zoho Campaigns, draw.io

    Q. What level of support does Microsoft OneDrive offer?

    Microsoft OneDrive offers the following support options:

    FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials