Onedrive is not a new concept, Onedrive has been around for several years now, but its only recently with the launch of the new sync program, we feel it is a really mature platform. For some of you who have not heard of OneDrive, Onedrive is an online storage platform, built as an offshoot of the SharePoint platform. While SharePoint is designed for document management for teams and the larger business, Onedrive is aimed at document storage for the individual. Where Onedrive really comes into its own, is with its new sync program, which is pre-packaged with Windows 10, and can be downloaded for any other windows based operating system.
There is even two different flavors of Onedrive available. Onedrive for business (which is aimed at business users, and is offered as part of the Office 365 platform) and Onedrive (which is aimed at personal / home users use). Both versions are similar to Dropbox or Google Drive, in terms of capabilities.
While we are seeing pickup of the Onedrive platform, we are not seeing much pickup of the folder redirection into Onedrive.
If you think where your files are stored (personally) – most people would say either in “My Documents” or on their “Desktop”. In Windows, you can “Redirect” where your my documents/my pictures/videos/music and your desktop inside your Onedrive sync profile. What this means is everything that is stored on your desktop or inside your my documents, actually lives in Onedrive.
When your files are in Onedrive, this will keep all your files backed up in multiple locations and keep versioning of your files (every time you save a file, it keeps a copy of that file, so you can revert back to it if you need to). It will also give you access to your files from your phone/tablet or any browser in the world.
Ontop of this, if you have multiple computers, this can keep your files in sync on all of your devices.
Another great thing about OneDrive is that its free for personal use, and if you have Office 365, its free with your subscription.
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