Google Drive vs OneDrive
Last updated: July 18, 2017
Online file storage and syncing service working as a file system for other Google's services. Allows to sync files between all your computers and mobile devices or collaborate on files with your team and partners. Version control, OCR, powerful online viewer. Provides 5 GB free disk space.
Tools for online file/docs storage and collaboration. Contains Web versions of Microsoft office editors (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote). Excel web version allows simultaneous document editing in real time.
Latest news about Google Drive and OneDrive:
18.07.17. Google Drive gets a new Backup & Sync desktop app. Google launched its new Backup and Sync app for both Mac and PC, which aims to help users more easily back up the files and photos on their computer. The utility is meant to replace the older Google Photos desktop app, as well as the Google Drive client applications. The new tool offers a simple user interface, where you’ll first sign into your Google account, then select the folders you want Google to continually back up to Google Drive. In addition to backing up files on your desktop computer, the new software also can be used to back up photos from USB-connected devices, like cameras, as well as SD cards. For business users Google is planning to release a new enterprise-focused solution called Drive File Stream, which will roll out to all G Suite users later this year.
10.03.17. Google updated Drive with a focus on its business users. Google introduced several updates to its online file storage service Google Drive, which all aim to make it more useful for the company’s business and enterprise users. To better support the enterprise, though, Google is mostly focusing on making Drive a better service for teams. That means Team Drives, Google’s solution for enterprise file sharing that launched in preview last year, is now generally available, for example. During the preview, which lasted about six months, the team identified a number of issues, especially around permissions, that it needed to fix ahead of a general launch, and it’s now ready to open the project up to all businesses. Also generally available now is Google Vault for Drive, which offers tools to support the archiving and data retention needs of large enterprises, especially in regulated industries.
21.09.16. Google Drive gets intelligent search. Google Drive is getting a new search that understands natural language and can autocorrect your search query by suggesting corrections to misspelled search terms. For example, you can search your documents by saying things like “find my budget spreadsheet from last December” or “show me presentations from Anissa”. The feature will improve over time, too, so the results will become more accurate with more frequent use. The new feature probably means that soon Google also will add voice interface to Google Drive.
02.02.15. Microsoft gives Apple Users OneDrive For Business Access. Microsoft has released the first public version of OneDrive for Business for Mac. With the new OneDrive for Business for Mac, users will be able to do the same as well as access and use files in their OneDrive through the Mac Finder and manage and sync files in the same way they would with the existing application for Windows. The OneDrive for Business client for Mac also allows users to access and take their OneDrive for Business files offline so users can access downloaded files without having to have access to an Internet connection. However, the real draw is that the iOS app for mobile devices lets users access both their OneDrive for Business and OneDrive consumer accounts from the same app.
18.12.14. Google Drive adds OpenDocument support, sending files as attachments. Google is rolling out a series of updates for its cloud-based storage service Google Drive. Gmail users will now be able to share Drive documents as attachments that are sent as part of email files. That’s useful in case the person receiving the document doesn’t have permission to view the file in Google Drive or if you delete the file from Drive at a later time. Google also added support for importing all three major ODF (Open) file formats: .odt files for documents, .ods for spreadsheets, and .odp for presentations. That change will make it easier for users to work with files from other open source productivity suites such as LibreOffice. On Android, Drive users will also be able to search for files using voice commands within the Google search app. A user could say, “OK, Google — search for holiday letter on Drive,” for instance.
06.11.14. Google Drive for desktop now allows to launch files in preferred applications. File storage service Google Drive now allows users to more easily launch the files they have saved in the cloud using their preferred desktop applications. The feature is available as an optional Chrome extension. Once installed, users will be able to right-click on applications stored in Google Drive and open them using a compatible application on their computer. Users must also have the latest version of the Drive app for Mac or PC installed and their files synced to the computer in order for the extension to work. Google says the new extension is rolling out over the next several days.
28.10.14. Office 365 gets unlimited OneDrive storage.. As of today, Office 365 Home, Personal and University customers are getting the storage boost. Business customers will get unlimited storage will get unlimited storage also soon. In the meantime, they have 1 TB of storage per user. OneDrive works much like Google Drive, allowing you to access content on all of your devices, plus share it and collaborate on documents. Google Drive, Box, Dropbox and other cloud-storage utilities, though, have limited storage capabilities. If you meet a limit, you have to buy more. Bitcasa, one of the few platforms to offer unlimited storage, actually ceased that operation last week, giving Microsoft a big advantage in regards to storage.
30.08.14. OneDrive unifies access to business and personal files. Microsoft's Onedrive is making it easier for mobile users to access both business and personal files simultaneously (from both personal and work accounts). The app will distinguish which account each file belongs to in order to avoid potential mixups, but users can view and back up files to both accounts. Microsoft will also add an extra layer of security to the app with the ability to set a four-digit PIN that can be required to restrict access to individual files or the entire app. Next week these new features will appear in the Android app and in the coming months the updates will roll out to the iOS and Windows Phone apps.
26.06.14. Google launched Drive for Work with unlimited storage. On Monday Microsoft tried to surprise the public having doubled the free and paid cloud storage limits in OneDrive. But Google made it more effective. Google released the enterprise version of its file storage and sync tool Google Drive for Work, which for $10/month provides UNLIMITED cloud storage. And to make a little more fun of the competitors, Google increased the maximum file size to 5 TERABITES (of course, if you find such a file somewhere). In addition, the business version of Drive meets the enterprise security requirements and provides every file encryption, logging every file access, 99.9% availability. Also it added Office Compatibility mode which allows you to edit MS Office documents in their native format. Google Drive for Work is included in the Google Apps suite, so if you pay for it - you get the other apps (GMail, Hangouts, Sites ...) for free.
24.06.14. Microsoft OneDrive gives 15 Gb for free. Microsoft increased the free limit of cloud storage in OneDrive to 15 Gb (previously was 7Gb). If you want more storage capacity, you can now pay $1.99 monthly for 100 gigabytes. The company will also now offer free 1Tb to all Office 365 customers. For example, Office 365 Personal costs $6.99 monthly and now it comes with almost unlimited storage. If compare this to competitors: Google Drive provides 25 Gb free and offers almost similar pricing, charging $1.99 a month for 100GB and $9.99 for 1TB. Apple grants 5GB free, charging $0.99 a month for 20GB. There is no 100GB option, but at 200GB, the rate is the same as OneDrive's, at $3.99. Amazon Cloud Drive gives 5 GB Free and offers 100 Gb for $4.1 per month. So OneDrive's price cut is not a big problem for giants, but further puts the pressure on third-party services such as Dropbox and Box.
17.03.14. Google Drive gets a Big price drop. Google (for some reason) decided not to play the game "We are slightly reducing cloud pricing AGAIN" and slashed Google Drive fees down to the bottom. Now the service offers the free plan 15GB and 100GB cost only $1.99/month (previously the price was $4.99). And if you need as much as 1TB, it will cost you $9.99/month (previously was $49.99). New Google Drive pricing is significantly lower than the competitors offer. The closest rival - Microsoft, which also recently reduced OneDrive prices. OneDrive provides 7GB for free, and 100 GB cost $4.1/month. Not to mention such services as Box and Dropbox, which prices are higher in 3-5 times.
28.01.14. Microsoft renames SkyDrive to OneDrive. Actually, Microsoft marketers love to rename applications and services. For example, the cloud storage and file sync service SkyDrive during recent years was named FolderShare, Windows Live Office, Live Mesh. But this time the name change will happen not because the marketers should do some work for their salary, but because last August the British broadcasting company BSkyB won the legal dispute to take the name SkyDrive from Microsoft. So soon (Microsoft doesn't tell more exactly) SkyDrive will become OneDrive, and SkyDrive Pro (the version available for business users of Office 365 and SharePoint 2013) - will become OneDrive for Business. Currently the OneDrive promo site is available, where you can provide your email to Microsoft marketers.
15.01.14. Google Drive adds activity feeds. Google still doesn't want to add social intranet to its office suite - hopes that we'll use Google+ for this purpose. But at least they add social tools to existing services. Today the cloud file storage Google Drive gets activity feeds, that allows to track the actions of your colleagues by project or by specific file. It works like this: you open the folder and press the "I" button - the right panel shows the activity feed for this folder with such actions as moving and deleting files, renaming, uploading, sharing, adding comments. If you want to see the log by specific files - just select them in the list. The new feature will appear in all accounts during the week.
2013. GMail doesn't want you to download attachments. Before now IT vendors struggled for the environment ecology - persuaded companies to use electronic documents instead of paper. Now that most of the documents are electronic - it's time to struggle for the ecology of computer networks. Indeed, the huge amounts of traffic (data transmitted back and forth), multiple copies of the same documents in different places - becomes an ecological problem. The new appeal of IT- companies goes something like this: "Documents should be created in the Cloud, stored in the Cloud, viewed, edited and approved in the Cloud". When you download a document from the Internet to your computer - you chop wood and kill a beaver. That's how Google developers think. Today they have added another new feature in GMail - the ability to save attachments (files , documents) from the received messages directly to your online storage in Google Drive. Early GMail also added the ability to attach files to outgoing messages directly from the online Drive, so you don't need to download and upload documents to your email and back any more.
2013. Real-time collaboration in Google Forms. Google added multiuser real-time collaboration to its online forms editor Google Forms. This feature is already available in all other Google office apps: Google Docs, Google Spreadsheets, Google Presentations and Google Drawings. Now, when creating a form, you can invite one or more co-workers, control who is currently helping you to build the form, what field he is editing (each user has different color), communicate in chat and comments. In general, after the recent update Google Forms turned into the world's best tool for conducting employee or customer surveys. It allows to add any any kind of fields (text, checkboxes, radio-buttons, lists, tables ...), select a template, embed form to your site, collect the entered data into a spreadsheet or view it on a graphical report.
2012. Google adds free QuickOffice to Google Apps, improves MS Office documents conversion. We all hope that since Google removed free version from Google Apps, the development of this office suite will become more active. For example, it will get the full-featured mobile version. As you know, in June, Google bought the best mobile office QuickOffice. And only after 6 months (!) it started to tie it somehow to Google Apps. The free version of QuickOffice for iPad (including text processor, spreadsheets and presentations) is now available to paid Google Apps users. The versions for iPhone and Android will be also available soon. QuickOffice for Google Apps unlike the regular version of QuickOffice can save your documents to Google Drive. Why QuickOffice is better than Google's own Google Docs, that already work on iOS and Android?
2012. Google Drive for iOS now can edit documents. In July, when Google released a mobile client Google Drive for iOS, users were disappointed by the lack of ability to edit documents on iPhone/iPad. Today, Google has fixed this drawback, but with some limitations. Editing (including real-time collaboration editing) is available only for text documents. Though the video shows that spreadsheets can also be edited, in fact, it's just a special effect. Editing spreadsheets will appear later. Besides, Google added the ability to view presentations, create new folders and move files between folders. Google Drive for Android app has been also updated today. It now also features the ability to create folders, move files and add comments to files and documents.
2012. Microsoft launched SkyDrive for Android. Earlier this month, Microsoft updated the online version of its file storage and sharing service SkyDrive (implemented the Metro-Windows-8 interface there), and today the company has released the mobile SkyDrive app for Android. It allows to access your files (including the files shared with you) from Android-smartphone or tablet, view and edit files in other applications, upload new and edited files back to the server. Besides this Android app, SkyDrive's mobile application works on iPhone / iPad and Windows Phone. Also, SkyDrive is by default built into Windows 8. Recall, SkyDrive competes with services like DropBox, Google Drive, SugarSync and provides 7 GB of free cloud storage, which is much larger than the competitors.
2012. New Office Web Apps add mobile touch interface, real-time collaboration. Microsoft started preview testing of the new version of its browser-based document editing applications Office Web Apps. Everybody can already join the preview on the SkyDrive or Office 365. The first thing that has changed - is the interface. It's now exactly like the upcoming Office 2013. And the main feature of this interface - is its adaption to the tablets with touch-screen. In general, the main objective pursued by Microsoft in this update - is to improve the performance of Office Web Apps on mobile devices (in mobile browsers). And the new mobile web interface for smartphones, is perhaps even better than its main competitor - Google Docs:
2012. Zoho will work on top of the Google Drive. Looks like guys from Zoho are not going to create their own file storage and syncing service. Instead, they will use the product of their "friends" from Google - Google Drive. Yesterday, Zoho has launched the integration of its office suite (Writer, Sheet and Show) with Google Drive, which lets you open documents stored on Google Drive in these online Zoho apps. You just need to install Zoho editors from the Chrome Web Store, and then the integration will be enabled not only in Chrome, but in all other browsers. This integration demonstrates the potential of Google Drive as a cloud storage for third-party apps. Various project management systems, CRM, intranet solutions can use Google Drive as an external storage, which also enables file access on any mobile platform. And the third-party developers can be assured in Google's decency, because even competing Zoho apps passed the moderation.