Many people have asked exactly what OneDrive is. This is our best way of simply explaining it 🙂

OneDrive is an internet-based storage platform with a significant chunk of space offered for free by Microsoft to anyone with a Microsoft account. Think of it as a hard drive in the cloud, which you can share, with a few extra benefits thrown in. One of the primary benefits: OneDrive hooks into Windows 10, at least in fits and starts.

Microsoft, of course, wants you to buy more storage, but you’re under no obligation to do so.

What OneDrive does for you

OneDrive does what all the other cloud storage services do — it gives you a place to put your files on the internet. You need to log in to OneDrive with your Microsoft account (this is your Outlook username and password) to access your data.

If you log in to a different Windows computer using the same Microsoft account, you have access to all your OneDrive data through the web but, surprisingly, not necessarily through File Explorer. In fact, if you look only at Windows File Explorer, you might not even know what data is sitting in your OneDrive storage as your data is all in the cloud and might not be set to sync all the data down to your PC.

A true reflection (on a new/another PC) would be to view it online.

Each company has its own link to get to their unique OneDrive. Your IT company will be able to help you reach it.

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