What is Microsoft OneDrive for Business and what can it is.
  • The user’s *personal SharePoint storage for the users own personal files. It has an option to sync a copy of the personal files to the users PC and other mobile devices.
  • The user’s tool to initiate sharing of personal files with other people. The file sharing feature has support for co-authoring of Office files.
  • The user’s tool to have Document Libraries or folders manually located and selected synced to the users PC and devices. This is 100% managed and driven by the user.
All-In-All: OneDrive for Business is the user’s location for personal files stored in SharePoint. The user can manually decide to share files with other people. Furthermore the user can manually locate and select other SharePoint Document Libraries or folders and have files synchronized to the users own PC and other mobile devices. All actions like sharing and local syncing are 100% driven and managed by the user.
OneDrive for Business is part of SharePoint Online, 2013, 2016. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the other publicly available and free service offered by Microsoft called “OneDrive”. The free service named “OneDrive” gives everyone free Cloud storage and sharing for files. This service is 100% independant of SharePoint.
Technical info on how Microsoft OneDrive for Business is organized
  • Technically it is a private Site Collection dedicated for each user. The site has one Document Library called Documents. This was previously known as “My Site”.
  • When you access OneDrive for Business the URL does not show the Document Library in the URL unlike typical SharePoint URL’s
  • The URL is based on the organization and the user’s login name.


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