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  • Writer's pictureSara Millis

One Drive for Windows: The best storage for SMEs?

If you are setting up your business system, storage, both online and offline, is one thing you need to consider. As we recommend Microsoft 365 to our clients, we wanted to take a closer look at One Drive for Windows against other software options.

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Benefits of One Drive for Windows for SMEs

OneDrive for Windows is a highly cost-effective storage solution for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Its affordability, ease of collaboration, increased accessibility and flexibility, enhanced security features and integration with other Microsoft tools make it a top choice for many businesses. 

One of the standout features of One Drive is its real-time collaboration capability, which has proven to be a real boost for our clients. This feature allows team members to create, store, and share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, eliminating the need for cumbersome email exchanges and ensuring version control. It also fosters customer collaboration, as both parties can track document changes.

With OneDrive, businesses can also enjoy increased accessibility and flexibility. The platform allows them to access their files from any device or location. This feature enables employees to work remotely, significantly improving their productivity and work contributions.

Security is a paramount feature of OneDrive for Windows. With enhanced security features like multi-factor authentication, data encryption, and ransomware detection and recovery, businesses can operate with peace of mind.

Finally, OneDrive for Windows seamlessly integrates with other Microsoft tools, such as Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, and Office 365. This integration empowers businesses to streamline workflows and enhance productivity by accessing all their files and tools from one central location.

How does it rack up against other providers? Let's take a look.

Comparison with other cloud storage solutions 

The most popular alternatives to One Drive are Dropbox, Google Drive, and iCloud. 

Dropbox, a popular alternative to One Drive, offers a user-friendly interface and accessible collaboration features. However, adding multiple team members can become costly, making One Drive a more cost-effective option.

Google Drive (via Google Workspaces) seamlessly integrates with other Google apps. It also provides a generous amount of storage space for free, but it does not have the intricacies of some of the software provided by Microsoft hosts.

iCloud is tailored for Apple users and is known for its excellent integration with Apple devices. However, it doesn't work well with other systems, restricting collaboration.

This is where One Drive, in our eyes, wins the race.

So, is One Drive the best storage for SMEs?

In our opinion, yes. One Drive is the better choice for SMEs.

Looking for more information on Microsoft 365 for business and its component software? Check out our guides here!


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