What is OneDrive for Business?

Applies To: Office 365 Small Business, OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online, Office for business, Office 365 Admin, Office 365 Small Business Admin, SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise, SharePoint Server 2013 Standard, SharePoint Server 2016 Standard, SharePoint Server 2016 Enterprise

OneDrive for Business is an integral part of Office 365 or SharePoint Server, and provides place in the cloud where you can store, share, and sync your work files. You can update and share your files from any device with OneDrive for Business. You can even work on Office documents with others at the same time.

Note: OneDrive for Business is different from OneDrive, which is intended for personal storage separate from your workplace. OneDrive for Business is also different from your Office 365 team site, which is intended for storing team or project-related documents. If you have a small business, it’s ideal to set up your file storage to use OneDrive for Business and Office 365 team sites together.

Store your work documents and related files

If you’re using Office 365, you get 1 TB of space in the cloud for OneDrive for Business. If your OneDrive for Business library is hosted on a SharePoint server in your organization, your organization’s administrators determine how much storage space is available.

All files that you store in OneDrive for Business are private unless you decide to share them. You can also share files and folders with specified co-workers so you can collaborate on projects. If you’re signed-in to Office 365, you may even be able to share with partners outside of your organization, depending on what your company allows.

Tip: When you send email from Outlook Web App, you can attach a OneDrive for Business file as a link, instead of sending an attachment. When you Attach a file as a link, you automatically give the people you send the message to permission to edit the file. Plus, you save space in everyone’s mailbox and encourage people to edit the same copy in OneDrive for Business.

Sync OneDrive for Business to your computer

To sync OneDrive for Business with your local computer, you’ll need the OneDrive for Business sync app which lets you synch your OneDrive for Business files to your computer. This sync app is available with Office 2013 or Office 2016, or with Office 365 subscriptions that include Office 2016 applications. If you don’t have Office, a free download of the OneDrive sync app is also available.

How is OneDrive for Business different from OneDrive?

Microsoft offers another storage service called OneDrive. You may already be using OneDrive to store documents and other content in the cloud. This service is different from OneDrive for Business:

  • OneDrive is online personal storage that you get with either a Microsoft account or Outlook.com. Use OneDrive to save documents, photos, and other files in the cloud, share them with friends, and even collaborate on content. You’re free to decide how you want to use it.
  • OneDrive for Business is online storage intended for business purposes. Your OneDrive for Business is managed by your organization and lets you share and collaborate on work documents with co-workers. Site collection administrators in your organization control what you can do in the library.

If you would like to know more about OneDrive Business, call us at +1-800-886-295 or send an email to mycloud@microsoft.com.

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