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OneDrive vs OneDrive for Business: Sibling Rivalry?

OneDrive for Business vs OneDrive

Subtle Differences Between OneDrive and OneDrive for Business

OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud consumer-oriented storage service, comes pre-installed in most modern Windows systems. As a SharePoint user, you may also notice a button named “OneDrive” in  System Tray. Are there any differences between OneDrive and OneDrive for Business?

OneDrive for Business

It comes with Office 365 subscriptions or SharePoint Server 2013 or later. In many ways, OneDrive for Business is an extension of SharePoint. This business-class feature allows other users to read and edit your documents just like how SharePoint document libraries would. It also allows the network administrator to set file alerts and policies on document versioning.

OneDrive Use Cases

Given that these two services are different, how would you decide which platform is right? The answer largely depends on the size of the business. A small business with only a handful of employees may opt for OneDrive, since OneDrive provides some measure of cloud storage at no cost. Cost is often a concern for small businesses.

However, medium and large enterprises should consider investing in an Office 365 subscription or SharePoint licenses to get advanced features and additional capacity offered by OneDrive for Business.