Microsoft OneDrive reviewOctober 21, 2018
Microsoft may have been slow in adapting to a cloud-first computing age, but OneDrive now underpins everything else in Microsoft Office 365 – it’s a place to store files, the key to collaboration in Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and the home of the free online apps too.
Beyond that, OneDrive can sync files between desktops, laptops and mobile devices, making it – on paper – as comprehensive a cloud storage system as you can find.
Drop a file or folder into OneDrive, and it’s synced to the cloud (and your other devices) – if you want to save space on your local machine, you can just keep a copy in the cloud.
OneDrive just has the one key feature: syncing your files across devices, and keeping them safely stored on the web.
If you opt to store your Office files (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) in OneDrive, some extra tricks are enabled: autosaving (so you never lose your work), and advanced collaboration features that let you work on files at the same time with other people, right inside the desktop applications or on the web.
That’s the core of OneDrive, but there are some cool extra tricks too – playing audio and video files straight from the web, for example, or using AI-enhanced search to spot landmarks and objects in photos you’ve stored in the cloud.
More of this please, Microsoft.
Most files can be viewed on the web and on mobile devices without a separate app.
On the web, if you open up an Office file, it launches the relevant online Office app in your browser.
You can now rely on OneDrive to store, sync and share your files effectively, and while it might not have the polish of Dropbox or Google Drive overall, it works perfectly well and has some neat tricks of its own to show off.
Use Cases and Deployment ScopeOneDrive is used by all users in the organization. We use it to store our personal and sensitive data into the cloud. We have lost countless documents due to some laptops crashing and resorted to using incomplete documents from our email. We use Onedrive as a backup mechanism for our machines and as a way to share content with other users inside and outside our organization that reduces the n…