Working with Onedrive

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Embracing the Cloud

The last big boy on the list is Microsoft Onedrive for Business.  I’m not going to speak toward the personal Onedrive because I simply don’t use it or like it.  My experience is using Onedrive for Business.  Honestly, I don’t like this service at all.  I find it unreliable and it constantly has issues with syncing and I find I’m repairing a great deal.

I won’t go into what the rules are now because they tend to keep changing, so look up the requirements on your own.  I will say that Onedrive is not free.  You get a specific amount of storage with your subscribed 365 account.  Onedrive offers the same basic kind of functionality that Google Drive and Dropbox has.  You install the software on your machine and verify your credentials and a folder is installed to your machine where anything that resides there will sync to the cloud account for that service.

Here is where this service begins to fail in comparison to Google Drive and Dropbox.

  • It does not offer a selective sync, so if you are trying to manage the folder size on your machine this feature is severely lacking.
  • It constantly has issues with staying in sync.
  • The credentials are asked for often instead of staying logged in as Dropbox or Google Drive allows.
  • There are frequent issues with the need to repair the sync connection.
  • A huge one – you can install Google Drive or Dropbox on various devices and just connect through credential verification, however Onedrive does not allow you to just install this on another device.  For example, if I wanted to install this on another machine in order to access some files I use only on that machine, I can’t do this without installing a fully verified 365 subscription.  This is an extremely big red X on this service.

If you are forced to use this service as part of your job, just work with it as best you can.  However, if you have the option to use Google Drive or Dropbox, I would highly recommend choosing something more reliable to use with your files which will give you greater flexibility in selective sync.

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