OneDrive vs Dropbox

OneDrive comes with Office 365, but does it stack up against Dropbox? Cloud computing has been with us for a few years now, and we bet you are using one or the other of these two cloud services.

Cloud Storage

Most of us are now so used to popping our data on a cloud service, we don’t really think much deeper about which one works for us. You probably have a number of cloud storage accounts; some, your email provider or phone provider may have given you for free. They act as backup places for your email or phone data. This keeps our phone storage relatively available for adding apps and processing data. We have talked about cloud computing before in a blog. Since that blog, cloud service providers have got a lot stricter with security protocols and GDPR protection, but the basic premise is still the same.


Lots of us have a free Dropbox account. Currently, around 2GB of storage is available on the free account. You can upgrade to business accounts starting at £10 per user, with each user getting 3TB of space. The next tier up gives you ‘as much as is needed’ per user!

Dropbox has Dropbox Paper, a program allowing you to work on your files online. MS Office integration means you can work on your documents and have both cloud options on the same devices. You can easily share files, either by sending a link or sharing a file or folder with the recipient.


The free tier of One Drive gets you 5GB of storage. You can upgrade, however, by far the best deal is alongside your Office 365 account. Each user gets 1TB of storage. At Business Enterprise level, the personal storage for each user is unlimited. Along with a business account, you have the suite of integrated office programs. Depending on your level of account, as to whether those programs are online or on your pc, laptop, phone, or tablet.

You can easily work with your files stored in your OneDrive to add them to Outlook emails, share them among colleagues and collaborate on them through SharePoint. You can share files externally to the business by sending a link or sharing a file or folder.

So, which is better?

If you are just going for a free account, then OneDrive has the more generous offering. However, as it is free you can just have both! From a business point of view, if you are set on using Office 365 anyway, then OneDrive comes as a bonus. If you just want a large amount of storage for the cheapest price, between these two, DropBox wins. Both have high-end security on Business accounts.

If you would like to learn more about Office 365 and OneDrive then please have a chat with us.