OneDrive: Why, How, Pros & Cons of Using It

by Ivan Temelkov
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office building with clouds in backgroundWhen you hear the word “cloud,” what comes to mind? Something up in the sky lurking around? Maybe the Goodyear blimp circling endlessly? No, not exactly. When you hear a reference of cloud-based application usage that pertains to your files and applications (the same ones that have lived on your local computer thus far but now are being hosted on the Internet). In simpler terms, your files and applications are now stored virtually on a machine.

Usage of cloud-based applications for business has boomed. Why? Simply put, it’s all about accessibility, efficiency, and, obviously, controlled cost. Many businesses are finding the cloud to be an excellent companion to day-to-day business endeavors. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves though, let’s not forget to mention mobility. That’s right! The majority of cloud-based applications today are accessible via mobile devices from virtually anywhere. Including OneDrive.

Many businesses are finding the cloud to be an excellent companion to day-to-day business endeavors.Click to Tweet

Digital Marketing CalloutWhat is OneDrive?
OneDrive is a Microsoft cloud-based file hosting service that allows for public or private sharing and syncing of individual files. It is available for both desktop and mobile users regardless of the operating system used. As long as you have a web browser or a mobile device handy, you can take full advantage of OneDrive capabilities. One of the most notable perks that OneDrive offers entails file sharing with other users without the requirement of a Microsoft account to access them.

You may already be familiar with OneDrive without even knowing it. The project gained strong market visibility around August 2007 when it opened to a wider audience. It was available for testing purposes only to U.K. and India users. Previous references of OneDrive entailed in SkyDrive, Windows Live SkyDrive, and Windows Live Folders.

OneDrive is now a part of the Office 365 suite. You can jumpstart your experience with 15 GB free storage or 1 TB if an Office 365 paid subscriber.*

OneDrive is a Microsoft cloud-based file hosting service that allows for public or private sharing and syncing of individual files.Click to Tweet

Why Use OneDrive?
There are a lot of different reasons and benefits to use OneDrive on daily basis regardless of what your needs are or wherever you might be located.

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*Information and pricing as of March 2016.