OneDrive, Dropbox or Google Drive: What’s the difference?

OneDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive are three of the most prevalent file syncing services to date. Simply put, file syncing services allow you to store, share and synchronize files. All three of these services perform these tasks, so it shouldn’t matter which one you choose for your business, right?

Well no, not all file syncing services are created equal. Looking beyond the basics can help you make a decision that improves how your business operates. Let’s take a look at how these three contenders measure up.


OneDrive is similar to Apple’s iCloud, but is aimed towards Microsoft users and other platforms. It offers 5GB of free storage with a Microsoft account, easy access to files from PCs and mobile devices and a friendly, uncomplicated interface. The benefits of OneDrive are not exclusive to Microsoft users, but those who work with Word, Excel and PowerPoint will find it is tailored to their needs.


Dropbox has been around for a long time and is the foundation for many file syncing developers who attempt to mirror it. It offers only 2GB of free storage to start but this limit can be easily increased by referring a friend, taking a Dropbox tutorial or linking it to your social networks. One of Dropbox’s key strengths is its ease of use when sharing big files like movies, music and photos. The service is compatible with any platform.

Google Drive

Much like how OneDrive is complementary to Microsoft users, Google Drive is designed for those who are heavily immersed in the Google ecosystem. It can be accessed through your web browser, mobile app or desktop. If you have a Google account, Google Drive offers 15GB of free storage. It also provides over 100 Drive apps that allow you to fluently collaborate and create with colleagues.


All of these options offer the same basic service. Google offers the most storage for free, so in terms of personal use (images, personal docs, vacation videos) it would be the wiser option. Being able to seamlessly transfer between desktop and mobile and share files is extremely easy and requires little effort. However for business use using OneDrive might save you time because it is directly integrated into MicroSoft Office Suite.

Regardless of your use it is important to note that none of these options use servers in Canada. This means all data is held in the United States and governed under its laws. Encryption is also less secure on these networks when compared to options like Canadian Cloud Backup that specializes in Canadian enterprise data backups and using Canadian-Only servers. You should never rely on these above options to store or transfer sensitive business data or customer records.


For more information look at our CCB Sync option which replaces consumer and provider cloud solutions.

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