SharePoint vs. OneDrive: What’s the Difference? [Video]

June 7th, 2018 | Microsoft 365

Productivity, communication, and collaboration focus on storage services offered by Microsoft’s SharePoint, and OneDrive has some standard features that may make it difficult for businesses to determine which service is right for them. However, while the benefits are similar in many ways, they are not the same and are intended for different uses.

What is SharePoint?

SharePoint is a cloud-based storage and collaboration platform that allows users to create, store and share information. SharePoint is intended for use with groups and functions like an intranet.

SharePoint can store and sort large amounts of data and has begun to replace the need for physical file servers. In addition, businesses in various industries, including construction, use SharePoint to enable remote access since the service is accessible from virtually any place with an internet connection.


Sites. Workgroups can create their internal websites within SharePoint to store and organize their files and display announcements. 

Collaboration. SharePoint lets users co-author, edit, and share documents and resources on several platforms including, PC, Mac, and mobile devices. 

What is OneDrive?

OneDrive is another cloud-based storage service that lets users access and shares files on the go. OneDrive is geared toward individual use, like a personal drive—files stored in OneDrive can only be accessed by the individual that uploaded them. Documents in OneDrive can be shared with other people within and outside of your organization.


Easy to use. OneDrive has desktop, mobile, and web-based apps that allow employees to access their files on any device. In addition, files automatically sync to the cloud and locally to your devices for offline viewing and editing.

Talk to our IT consulting team to decide on which storage service is best for your company.