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Microsoft Office 365 OneDrive (Cloud Storage)

Microsoft One Drive for Business is a cloud storage solution where you can update, store, share, and sync your files from anywhere. While your Pitt Box account provides unlimited online storage and a great collaborative platform, you can also store files online using OneDrive. These files are backed up regularly to the Microsoft cloud and your file space is conveniently configured as the default save destination for all of your Office 365 applications including Word, Excel, and SharePoint. As with Box, you can delegate access to other users for collaboration. Unlike Box, there is a set quota limit of five terabytes of online storage available to you. In terms of file size, OneDrive can accommodate files up to 10 gigabytes.

The University's two cloud-storage solutions both offer comparable features for online storage as well as Web-based collaboration. There are a number of criteria that you should consider when determining what type of cloud service you should use or use primarily.

For additional information, please see the OneDrive frequently asked questions page.

The following table might be helpful in deciding what cloud storage solution should work best for you, depending on what functions you will be using.To determine what the best online storage to use, see the cloud storage comparison matrix.

Function

Box

OneDrive

Share with other Pitt users

★★★★

★★

Collaborate with other non-Pitt users

★★★★

Collaborate via SharePoint

★★

★★★★★

Save directly from Office 365 Web-based apps

★★★★★

Save directly from locally-installed applications

★★★

★★★

Work with mobile devices

★★★

★★★★

Publish files to Web via SharePoint

★★

★★★★★

Track previous document versions

★★★★★

Annotate files with feedback

★★★★★

★★

Track views, uploads and downloads

★★★★★

Transition files after graduation

★★★★★

★★

Save to local (flash) drives

★★★

★★★

Largest individual file size

15 GB

10 GB

Quota

Unlimited

5 terabytes (with option to upgrade to unlimited, if needed)