Microsoft OneDrive definition

Contributor(s): Alyssa Wood

OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) is an online cloud storage service from Microsoft.

OneDrive integrates with Microsoft Office so users can access Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents in OneDrive. The system allows users to simultaneously edit Office documents, edit documents in browsers, and create and share folders. OneDrive also offers Facebook integration, automatic camera roll backup and the ability for users to email slide shows. 

OneDrive comes with 7 GB of free storage; users can add 50 GB for $25, 100 GB for $50, and 200 GB for $100. OneDrive apps are available for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Xbox.

For enterprise customers, Microsoft offers OneDrive for Business (formerly SkyDrive Pro). OneDrive for Business is a standalone product separate from Office 365 but is included with Office Online. It includes multifactor authentication, built-in compliance standards and auditing and reporting capabilities. OneDrive for Business costs $2.50 per user per month with an annual commitment. Users get 25 GB of storage space and can purchase more.

This was first published in April 2014

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