Microsoft Google Drive and OneDrive are the two most popular cloud storage services out there. Although they essentially offer the same service.
While Google Drive has a consumer-first focus approach and, OneDrive’s consumer base is focused on enterprises. That goes a long way towards explaining why Google follows a cloud-only model. And why Microsoft has one foot in the cloud and one on the desktop.
In reality, Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive are two sides of the same coin. However, the outcomes will always differ, each having a unique impact on every business, including yours.
Google Drive vs OneDrive: Plans and pricing
Both Google and Microsoft have a free plan with a limited amount of cloud storage. The free plans are good enough for most users who use the cloud to store or back up photos and documents. Google Drive offers 15GB of free storage, which is significantly higher than OneDrive’s 5GB. But the Goo_gle Drive storage is used for all of Google’s services, including Gmail. It means you could run out of storage faster than you expect.
If you need more storage, Google charges $2 per month or $20 per year for 100GB cloud storage. If you want 200GB, it’s going to cost $3 per month or $30 per year. Google’s 2TB plan costs $10 per month or $100 per year. The 10TB plan costs $100 per month, and the 20TB plan will set you back by $200 per month. It’s worth pointing out you can extend Google’s storage to other people in your Google Family.
OneDrive is relatively more expensive, mainly because Microsoft uses a different pricing strategy. The Redmond-based software giant has bundled OneDrive into the Microsoft Office subscription. The Office 365 Home costs $100 per year. It gives you access to Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, Access, and Publisher for PC along with 1TB of OneDrive storage.
OneDrive and Google Drive: Pros and Cons
The different approaches used by OneDrive and Google Drive.
The Pros of OneDrive
The main benefits of Microsoft OneDrive are:
The free OneDrive mobile application helps businesses upload, edit and share files without being chained to one’s desktop. This level of real-time collaboration helps businesses boost productivity without adding to expensive overheads.
OneDrive allows users to use a host of Microsoft Office apps such as Word, PowerPoint, etc. It features a web version as well as a desktop version, enabling online and offline working effortlessly.
The Cons of OneDrive
The main disadvantages of Microsoft OneDrive are:
Lack of third-party app integration
Currently, OneDrive for Business does not support third-party app integrations. Users cannot sync business accounts with non-Microsoft apps such as calendars, message boards and project management platforms.
Microsoft cannot protect your data.
While Microsoft offers protection against infrastructure threats like hardware and software failure, power outages and natural disasters, it does not protect data at your end from human error, illegitimate deletion, program/sync errors, malicious insiders, malware and ransomware.
The Pros of Google Drive
The main benefits of Google Drive are:
Collaboration made easy
Shareability and real-time editing features offered by Google Drive has taken personal and professional collaboration to the next level. Share documents, spreadsheets and other content types with colleagues, family and friends with ease.
Idiot-proof user interface
Due to its intuitive UI, Goo_gle Drive aces it when it comes to usability. Its efficient built-in search engine is a highlight, allowing users to search files by type and owner.
The Cons of Google Drive
The main disadvantages of Google Drive are:
Collaboration limited to Gmail.
Shareability and real-time editing don’t fare well if the recipient holds a non-Google account. The recipient needs access permission before he or she can view the content, and even then, no editing is permitted whatsoever.
Google cannot protect your data.
Google has best-in-class security against infrastructure threats like hardware and software failure, power outages and natural disasters. However, it offers no data protection at your end from human error, illegitimate deletion, program/sync errors, malicious insiders, malware and ransomware.
What is the Difference Between Google Drive And OneDrive?
Here are the key different between Google Drive and OneDrive:
OneDrive and Google Drive perform at the same level when it comes to speed. The difference arises when you deal with Microsoft native files that support block-level copying, where a file is broken into smaller packages. Only changes to the file are uploaded to the cloud as opposed to the entire file. As a result, data transfers take less time.
However, if you use Google productivity apps, block-level copying technology has no real benefit to offer, with both Goo_gle Drive and OneDrive functioning at par.
OneDrive and Google Drive are used to store files and file syncing, sharing, and retrieving. The ease of file sharing is a crucial factor when choosing cloud storage because it shows the scope of team collaboration.
Generally, there are two ways to share files using OneDrive or Google Drive. You can share files through a shareable link or by entering someone’s email address to give them access. Google users can assign three tiers of permissions: view, comment and edit. On the other hand, OneDrive, with the help of SharePoint servers, offers more user permission options.
To sync files across all devices, OneDrive and Google Drive users must download the following apps: OneDrive desktop and Backup and Sync.
While installing these apps, you will need to set up a folder on your device from your OneDrive or Google Drive account. Users can access any files on that folder from anywhere at any time.
If there’s one thing Google Drive fans or OneDrive enthusiasts can agree on, it’s data privacy concerns. Google has notoriously been guilty of collecting user information for targeted advertising. On the other hand, Microsoft has the right to scan through users’ data for any objectionable content. Of course, none of these tactics is harmful, but the thought of a stranger sifting through your data isn’t particularly comforting.
If you want maximum cloud storage for the price, Goo_gle Drive is the way to go. Its plans are relatively cheaper, and Google Drive integrates well with other Google services. Microsoft’s OneDrive is for people who use its Office tools such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. The Personal Vault also gives OneDrive an edge over Goo_gle Drive in terms of security. It would be best to try out both the free plans to decide which one is better for your needs.