OneDrive for Business - dummies

By Rosemarie Withee, Ken Withee, Jennifer Reed

OneDrive for Business is your personal Office 365 storage location in the cloud. If you’re already familiar with Office 365 and SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business is what used to be called SkyDrive Pro; before that, it was called SharePoint My Sites. Along the way, OneDrive for Business integrated a file sync technology called Groove. This winding path has taken you to the current OneDrive for Business.

OneDrive for Business is still powered by SharePoint. If you’re familiar with other cloud storage services, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or Box, then you’re already familiar with the concept behind OneDrive for Business. The OneDrive for Business client is shown here.

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Using the OneDrive for Business sync client on Windows 10.

OneDrive for Business is the aptly named business version of OneDrive. The consumer version is just called OneDrive.

To use OneDrive for Business, you simply configure the sync client. When the client is configured, your files will be synced between your local computer and your cloud-based storage in Office 365. If you’ve never used OneDrive for Business on your Windows 10 computer, it will walk you through configuration when you open OneDrive for Business. You find OneDrive for Business under your Office 2016 folder on the Start menu.

If you have Windows 10, you already have the latest version of the OneDrive sync client. If you don’t have Windows 10, you need to download and install the latest OneDrive sync client. You download Office 365 software by logging into your account at online portal.