If you are using a Windows PC, then right from the start, the fact that OneDrive is baked right into the OS is a massive benefit. I have been a OneDrive user since way back in the day when it used to be called SkyDrive. That was a much better name, but UK broadcaster Sky wasn’t so keen on it sounding like a product they produced so after a few legal letters back and forth and a lawsuit in 2011 from Rupert Murdoch himself, and well, it just became easier to change the name.
Signing up for OneDrive is simple, you probably already are when you log into Windows with your Microsoft account. If you have a hotmail or Outlook email address, you get 5GB free of charge. That’s a decent chunk of free storage, but to use it seriously, as I do for photos and files, you need a more significant tier.
You can add an extra 50GB for $1.99 a month, but if you are a subscriber (or if you are considering becoming one) of Microsoft 365 (which was Office 365 until recently), you get a ridiculous 1TB of storage in the $6.99 per month base plan.
With that amount of storage, you can certainly begin to investigate the integration, OneDrive has with your Windows OS. Because things are so married together, once set up OneDrive just appears as another folder in your system, except everything in there is stored in the cloud and not locally, so backing up is a breeze. Also, working from files stored in the cloud means you can access them on the go too. There is also now real-time collaboration with Microsoft 365, so you can work on projects with teammates remotely too, which is obviously useful in the current situation.
OneDrive will be the simplest, no-fuss solution for many people reading this using Windows 10, and if you use Microsoft Office as well, there is no reason not to be using it right away. It’s possibly all the majority of users will ever need.
Many people will have large amounts of Onedrive storage available already
Reasonable cost per GB
Baked into Windows
If you aren’t a Windows user, it is less useful