You may already have a Personal Microsoft account, which includes a free 5GB OneDrive filestore. Under the University's EES agreement, however, you will use the OneDrive for Business solution. This gives you 1TB of personal filespace that is associated with your University Microsoft account.
Two ways to sync files
Files stored on the OneDrive cloud can be managed via a web browser, and your local sync folder can be viewed in the File Explorer. Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 have OneDrive built-in to the operating system.
OneDrive is also available as an app for Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Android and Windows Phone. These apps can be downloaded from the official OneDrive website:
What can I use OneDrive for?
Your University OneDrive for Business filespace lets you:
- Share: securely share your files with colleagues and collaborators. You control who can see and edit each file.
- Contribute: as part of Office 365, OneDrive for Business lets you use familiar tools to create, edit, and review documents in real time, and even discuss them on Yammer
- Manage documents: Keep everyone working on the most recent version of a document, and view or restore previous versions if you need to. You can also set up an integrated approval process for documents that are ready to review.
How does it compare with Dropbox Business?
OneDrive for Business
|Integration with Microsoft 365||Y||Y|
|Online slide show||Y||Y|
|Drag and drop file upload||Y||Y|
|Create and share folders||Y||Y|
|SSL file transfer||Y||Y|
£55 for students
£66 for staff
|File size limit||10GB||None|
|File recovery||Last 90 days||Unlimited|
|Automatic camera roll backup||Android, iOS and Windows phone||iOS and Android|
|Post to Facebook||Y||N|
|Access permission||File/folder levels||file/folder/group levels|