Switch to OneDrive from Google Drive

OneDrive from Google Drive

Switch to OneDrive from Google Drive

Switch to OneDrive from Drive and start collaborating with these quick instructions on how to open, upload, and edit files on your own or with your team.

Note: Features and information in this guide apply to OneDrive through Office 365.

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With OneDrive, your files are secure and available everywhere. Experience advantages like:

  • The best with Office 365 - edit and co-author across the browser, mobile apps, or desktop apps, along with intelligent discovery and insights

  • Support for over 270 file types

  • Security and IT confidence

  • Cloud leadership and compliance - trusted enterprise-grade compliance and security

Differences*

Feature

OneDrive

Drive

Collaborate

  • Multiple users can simultaneously edit Office files stored in OneDrive, with Office 2016 on the desktop or Office Online in a browser.

  • Documents in OneDrive can be linked to on a SharePoint page or added to a document library.

  • Files and folders are private until you share them. You can stop sharing afterwards to prevent changes.

  • Users can see who last edited a file and roll back to a previous version.

  • Multiple users can simultaneously edit a G Suite product file stored in Drive, with Google G Suite products in a browser.

  • Documents in Drive can be linked to on a Sites page or added to a file cabinet. 

  • Files and folders are private until you share them. You can stop sharing afterwards to prevent changes.

  • Users can see who last edited a file and roll back to a previous version.

  • Files can be locked to prevent changes. 

  • Users can get notifications when a document changes. 

Open, Store, Share Office files

  • No additional software needed to open, store, and share Office files with desktop apps. 

  • Can open Office files with Office apps directly from a browser.

  • Requires OneDrive mobile app in the store for iOS, Android, or Windows devices.

  • Requires additional software download to open, store, and share Office files with desktop Office apps.

  • Requires Drive app configured as a document provider to open, store, and share Office files with Office mobile apps.

Set permission when sharing

  • Can view

  • Can edit (full edit access)

  • Can view

  • Can comment

  • Can edit

  • Is owner (Can change owner of file or folder)

Sync files for offline use

  • OneDrive sync client allows syncing files from OneDrive, SharePoint sites, or Office 365 groups.

  • Google Drive allows syncing files in My Drive.

*Differences are based on G-Suite Basic Edition and Microsoft's Office 365 E3 plan as of May 2017.

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