Google Drive vs Microsoft OneDrive

We review a capacities, pricing, applications and facilities of a dual renouned cloud storage services.

Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive have been around for a few years now, and both are mature, feature-rich cloud services that concede we to store and share files, synchronise files opposite devices, emanate and revise documents, and a whole lot more.

Which is best for we and your business?

Don’t forget there are other cloud storage options that we have compared previously, though here we concentration on a renouned services from a dual tech giants and demeanour during what they offer, starting with cloud storage ability and their several plans. 

Capacity and pricing

If we have a Google account, you’ll get 15GB of storage on Google Drive for no assign during all. Your 15GB can be separate between Google Drive, Gmail and Photos, so it competence not finish adult being adequate capacity, generally if you’ve had Gmail for a while. But during slightest it’s almost improved than Microsoft’s offering: 5GB of storage for a giveaway OneDrive account.

However, we can buy some-more space from any of these companies. Google offers plenty of options, starting with 100GB for A$2.49 a month, or 1TB for $12.49 a month, 10TB for $124.99 a month, 20TB for $249.99 a month, or a grievous 30TB for $374.99 a month.

For businesses, Google also offers a choice of upgrading to G Suite, starting during $5 per user per month, that includes several business facilities such as hosted email and 30TB of online storage per user – or $10 per user per month with total storage (or, if there are fewer than 5 users, 1TB each).

While a giveaway comment competence not overly generous, Microsoft offers some good ascent options, starting during 50GB for A$2.99 a month – and we can get some-more if we allow to an Office 365 or OneDrive for Business plan. The latter is accessible during A$84 per year per user for 1TB any or $168 per year per user with total online storage.   

Office 365 starts during $99 per year (or $10 per month) for a Personal plan, that offers 1TB and a full desktop versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, and other additional facilities – while Office 365 Home allows adult to 5 users, and 1TB per user, for $129 per year (or $13 per month). There are also Office 365 Business skeleton that supplement hosted email and additional partnership applications, starting from $209.88 per user per year.


Google now offers dual Windows apps: Backup and Sync, that fundamentally usually replaces a prior Google Drive for Windows, and Drive File Stream for those regulating G Suite. The latter allows we to download particular files on demand, but carrying to sync a whole essence of Google Drive – that is ideal for those regulating ultraportables with singular hoop space.

Otherwise, downloading and installing Windows clients for Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive is simple. Users usually need to configure a plcae of a folder that is set to synchronise with a particular service.

Both companies have opted for a minimal proceed to their storage clients that is no bad thing as it leaves users simply carrying to understanding with a folder in Windows Explorer. Users can upload, open, revise and save files to a inaugurated Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive folder as if it was stored locally on a system.

Although this ‘less is more’ proceed formula in palliate of use, we would have favourite to see a choice of synchronising backup of internal folders with Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive folders. The ability to set pity permissions on a Windows customer would be really welcome.

You can, of course, share files publically, or usually to specific people, regulating a web interface for Google Drive or OneDrive.

Next: additional features, harmony and verdict

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