One Drive vs. One Drive for Business


Hi guys, today, let's try to learn the major differences between OneDrive and OneDrive For Business so that we can use them more effectively while working on our project requirements and other business needs.
In a nutshell, OneDrive is intended for personal storage whereas OneDrive for Business, on the other hand, is one part of Office 365 (or SharePoint Server). It gives you a place in the cloud where you can store, share, and sync all work files. It can be a standalone product but is most often included in an Office 365 subscription.



OneDrive (previously known as SkyDrive) is a free storage space provided by Microsoft. You just have to type in your browser to find it.

To access it, you need a Windows Live ID which can be your Hotmail account, your email account, your Skype account (the former MSN Messenger ID), or the account you used to sync your old Zune device. This Microsoft account is basically an email address and a password. 

With OneDrive, you get 5GB of free storage (15GB if you signed up before February 2016) that you can use to store any kind of file, including photos, videos, and documents. OneDrive organizes your files by type for you, so it’s easy to find what you need. You can access your files from a PC or MAC or your mobile devices (Android, iOS, Windows Phone and even BlackBerry 10).

OneDrive is perfect to store your personal files. You can also share them with friends, family or even colleagues using Share Option either by getting a link or email options. You can also simultaneously manage permissions for it.


This version may be free, but you still get the following:
  • Unexpected options are available through the web browser. You can browse any connected PC you’ve set your OneDrive account on, so you can even access files stored on the PC that is not saved to OneDrive.
  • Windows 8.1 and later versions plus all Office applications will allow you to save files directly to OneDrive as a built-in feature; the same thing does for attachments.
  • File versioning will help you retrieve previous versions of your documents.
  • You can set OneDrive to automatically back up your camera files (photos and videos).
  • You can download the mobile and desktop apps as an alternative to using a web browser. The integration with Xbox will help you watch your personal images and videos saved on OneDrive directly on your TV.

You can also set two-factor authentication (2FA), which involves receiving a code on your mobile phone whenever you need to access it. You can alternatively activate PIN or fingerprint identification for more security on the mobile app.


OneDrive can basically be compared to Dropbox, Box or Google Drive for your personal files.


OneDrive for Business


OneDrive for Business is designed for organizations. It allows a company to provide cloud storage to its employees and manage its usage from a central location.

Talking about OneDrive for Business leads us to another Microsoft product: SharePoint. Why? Because when SharePoint 2013 was released, OneDrive for Business was a part of the whole streamlined experience. Its role was to synchronize SharePoint document libraries across different user devices.

For those who don’t know, SharePoint is a Business Collaboration platform for organizations.  Each user automatically gets a “My Site” library in SharePoint, which is like a home drive or an equivalent of the “My Documents” on their corporate PC. Depending on the server edition it runs on, SharePoint can allow the integration of different applications so it can be used as a unique platform for the company. SharePoint is either installed on-premises or hosted in the cloud. It’s not a free product, so companies have to buy licenses to run it. In other words, using OneDrive for Business involves some cost.

It offers advanced features compared with those available with the free version of OneDrive. The storage quota limit depends on the SharePoint platform your company uses. There is a limit in the number of files you can sync with OneDrive for Business: 5,000 for a regular document library and 20,000 for the “My Site” library. Of course, syncing files will help you use them offline on your devices. File versioning is enhanced for OneDrive for Business, as it involves the notion of minor and major versions. This is a very important feature of co-authoring.


Can OneDrive for Business be used without SharePoint? The answer is yes. Companies can choose to provide storage space for their employees for document backup or as a mobility feature. Microsoft offers that service as a paid cloud service that provides 50GB of space per user.

 A Quick Overview of Comparison between OneDrive and OneDrive for Business for a deeper understanding is shown below:
That's all today folks. Happy Microsoft concepts learning with high energy every day :)