Microsoft OneDrive Valuable Features

Implementation Specialist - Application Solutions at a music company with 1,001-5,000 employees

I would say the most valuable feature is that it is a Microsoft product so it is well integrated with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and all the other products in the Microsoft suite. In OneDrive, when you use Excel, Word, or PowerPoint it automatically manages the versioning. It is kind of how Google Sheets and Google Drive and all of those products work. Multiple people can work on a Word document at the same time because it is completely integrated and it is an online copy of that document that you do not have to physically move back-and-forth.  

Autosave is always on for everything. That is a very good feature, I feel. Another thing is OneDrive has a version history as well. If you have multiple changes to a document and Microsoft sees it as different versions then you can actually recover different versions in case something gets replaced unexpectedly. For example, if you did something in version five and then you realize that version four was better, you can actually recover that earlier versions in OneDrive.  

The integration between all Microsoft products is a key advantage to OneDrive. I would say that is probably the most valuable feature. Because it is Microsoft and everyone uses Word and Excel almost globally, it works well in sharing those documents. But regardless of if you are a Google user or Apple user, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are still 90% of what the world uses for business tasks. Because everything is integrated with Microsoft, instead of going through Google Sheet and then exporting it to an Excel file, here you just work directly in Excel. It is fewer conversions and fewer problems in that way.  

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Contact Center Consultant at a consultancy with 51-200 employees

You can set up different drives in OneDrive. This helps you keep organized. For example, you can create this drive as my personal OneDrive, make another drive as my work OneDrive, add another as my [whatever this is] OneDrive. I like that capability.  

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IT Analyst at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees

When we were sharing through it, it was a great tool for that purpose. I guess you would consider it similar to the design of Dropbox or really any one of the cloud-based storage services at this point. Within our team environment and our IT Group, it worked out for a while. It was really great to be able to share access to your backup files or notes or whatever you have and then be able to send a document or allow access to specific team members. I thought it was pretty cool. It was the first time we really used something like it so we were all excited.  

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Non Medicaid Service Coordinator at a healthcare company with 11-50 employees

The organization of the solution is its most valuable aspect.

I'm able to pull it from other computers. I don't have to be in a specific place or on a specific machine in order to access it. I can go into the office and log in, or, I can use it from home. It's easily accessible from multiple places that I use.

It's pretty easy to learn. Once someone taught me, I was able to navigate it quite quickly.

Admins are able to control access to certain files.

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Information Security Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

The feature that I have found the most valuable is that Microsoft OneDrive works with any Enterprise Cloud Solutions Office app. You can edit a document on the cloud, share documents with your colleagues, and monitor changes. You can access your work almost anywhere. 

You can also sync Microsoft OneDrive with your workstation so that whatever you are working on gets automatically backed up to the cloud at regular intervals. So even if your system crashes, you still have a copy of your documents in the cloud, which I found very useful.

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Michael Ndwiga
IT Officer at Kim-Fay EA Ltd

The solution offers fantastic integration with Outlook. There's also easy integration with SharePoint. It works well within the Microsoft family of applications.

With this solution, the sharing of documents if very easy to do. There's a lot of collaboration you can do with your colleagues.

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Paul Woods
Founder at SDWAN Clan

Being able to use OneDrive as a mapped drive in Windows Explorer is the most valuable feature. Rather than using OneDrive on a browser, you can also open up the Windows Explorer and I can see the file structure in the normal format.

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IT Business Relationship Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

One of the good features is that the users are not even aware that they're using it. It is the backend of our Office 365. If they using applications like SharePoint, Teams, and OneNote, and all of their data and files are stored transparently on OneDrive. They even use OneDrive as a place to store backups.

You can also use OneDrive for personal email when you are using Outlook.

Using OneDrive for storage is self-explanatory.

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Shermay Tan
Sales Director at TA Power Group Sdn Bhd

OneDrive has so many features that I haven't been through them all yet.

The security features are good for the company's privacy.

They have support for integration with a lot of tools. However, I have not fully studied what is available because I have not used it enough.

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Chief Executive Officer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

It's quite easy to use and then of course it is quite well integrated to the rest of Office 365.

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Manager, Smart Agriculture and Food Innovation at a media company with 501-1,000 employees

The ability to share documents is a valuable feature of this product. 

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