OneDrive Review - why 4.4 stars?

OneDrive Review
ITQlick Score: 94/100
ITQlick Rating: (4.4/5)
Pricing: 4/10 - average cost
Category: File Sharing -> OneDrive
Ranking:Ranked 2 out of 27 File Sharing systems
Company: Microsoft
Pricing: starts at $1.99 per month
Typical customers: Small, medium and large size businesses
Platforms: Desktop, Mobile, Cloud
Links: OneDrive pricing, OneDrive alternatives
Shlomi LaviShlomi Lavi / updated: Nov 02, 2021

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What is OneDrive?

OneDrive is cloud-based file strorage, management and sharing solution that allows users and business owners to save their files and access them from anywhere and any device. It comes with features like:
  • Files On-demand: This feature allows users or business owners to gain access to all their stored files in Windows 10 without taking up space on their PC.
  • Document Scanning: With this feature, users/business owners can use their mobile devices to scan and store documents, receipts, business cards, notes, etc.
  • Personal Vault: Users/business owners can store important files and photos with an added layer of protection in the personal vault of the software.
  • Share and Collaborate: Users/business owners can remain connected with friends, family, and business partners while they share documents and photos.
OneDrive is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation, which started in 1975. The company is headquartered in Redmond, Washington, in the United States. The company has a workforce of over 10,000 employees.

What is OneDrive rating? ()

The rating of OneDrive is 4.4 stars out of 5 and the total score is 94 out of 100. The ratings are based on our unbiased experts. Learn more in our rating methodology page

Who are OneDrive's typical customers?

The typical customers include the following business size: Small, medium and large size businesses.

Is OneDrive the best File Sharing?

OneDrive is ranked 2 out of 27 software in their category (File Sharing systems).

What are OneDrive's pros? (3 Pros)

  • OneDrive comes with a free trial for individuals or teams
  • OneDrive offers high-quality encryption for teams and businesses
  • Users can back up their data and easily retrieve it when deleted

What are OneDrive's cons? (1 cons)

  • Sometimes users complain of glitches when trying to open large files

Who are their main alternatives?

Google Drive. We will compare these cloud storage and file-sharing systems in some specific aspects below.
  • Functionality: OneDrive offers features like Files on Demand, Document Scanning, Personal Vault, Share and Collaborate, Back up and Protect, Anywhere access, etc. When compared to its alternatives, Dropbox offers similar features to OneDrive in terms of cloud storage and backup. Dropbox offers features like productivity tools and content collaboration, but have Simplify eSignature feature which is missing in OneDrive. Google Drive and iCloud offer encryption, document management, collaborative tools, and messaging. Google Drive allows offline access for users or business owners.
  • Costumers/Industries: OneDrive targets users or business owners in specialties like automotive, government, healthcare, file organization, etc. Dropbox targets freelancers and solo workers. iCloud targets business owners in healthcare, education, government, etc. Google Drive targets individuals, teams, and enterprises.
  • Cost: Industry experts cost-rated this file-sharing software as 2 (where 1-2 is low-cost and 4-5 is high-cost), which means it is low-cost software amongst its alternatives. However, the OneDrive license costs start with OneDrive Standalone 100GB at $1.99/month. Dropbox starts with a Plus plan for individuals at $9.99/month/user annually (and $11.99/monthly) with 2,000 GB of cloud storage. iCloud starts with iCloud+ at $0.99/month. Google Drive starts with Google Workspace Essentials at $8/active user/month.
  • Cloud-based: Onedrive and its alternatives are all cloud-based.
  • Popularity: OneDrive (1975) is a subsidiary of Microsoft Cooperation, a publicly-traded company on the NASDAQ using the symbol MSFT. When compared to its alternatives, Dropbox (2007) is also publicly traded using the symbol DBX. Google Drive (2012) is a subsidiary of Google and is publicly traded under the GOOGL symbol. iCloud is a subsidiary of Apple, which is publicly traded with the AAPL symbol.
  • Scalability: OneDrive and all its alternatives can accommodate and scale businesses and teams of any size.
  • Support: OneDrive and its alternatives share similar support channels like email/help desk and FAQs/forum. OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox offer a knowledge base. OneDrive, iCloud, and Dropbox offer phone support. Google Drive and Dropbox offer a 24/7 live rep channel. Only Dropbox offers a chat support channel among the alternatives.

What is the cost of OneDrive?

OneDrive offers two pricing categories, which are OneDrive for Home and OneDrive for Business. Each category has four license pricing options.

The pricing plans under the OneDrive for Home category are OneDrive Basic 5 GB (a free plan), OneDrive Standalone 100GB at $1.99/ month, Microsoft 365 Personal at $69.99/ year (and at $6.99 per month), and Microsoft 365 Family at $99.99/year (and at $9.99 per month).

The pricing plans under the OneDrive for Business category are OneDrive for Business (Plan 1) at $5.00 per user/month, OneDrive for Business (Plan 2) at $10.00 per user/month, Microsoft 365 Business Basic at $5.00 per user/month (and $6.00 per user/month), and Microsoft 365 Business Standard at $12.50 per user/month (and $15.00 per user/month).

According to expert cost research, OneDrive is cost-rated at 2/5, which means it is a low-cost file-sharing software. The rating system considers this software rated 1-2 as low-cost and 4-5 as high cost.

What is the REAL total cost of implementation? on top of the total cost of licenses which is easy to calculate you need to add the cost of training, customization, data migration, and other "hidden cost". ITQlick pricing score is 4 out of 10 (10 is most expensive). Find here the REAL total cost breakdown for OneDrive

What should you ask Microsoft during a demo session? (65 questions)

Schedule a demo with OneDrive and access 65 must ask questions for the vendor while watching OneDrive in action.

Is it the right software for you?

Individuals, teams, or business owners seeking a convenient cloud storage and file-sharing platform to save their documents, records, or any kind of data is fit to use OneDrive. Business owners can use OneDrive for their business record keeping and can access their stored data from anywhere with any device. Automotive, government, healthcare, manufacturing, financial services, and retail are some industries that can use OneDrive.

List of categories

Document Management
File Sharing
Web Collaboration
Backup

List of features

File sharing

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Shlomi holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Information System Engineering from Ben Gurion University in Israel. Shlomi brings 15 years of global IT and IS management experience as a consultant, and implementation expert for small, medium and large size (global) companies.