OneDrive for Business now available for faculty and staff

Posted on: October 28, 2015 | By: Ryan Gay | Filed under: Tech Tips

Microsoft’s OneDrive for BusinessCapture is now available for faculty and staff at Elon University. OneDrive for Business will ultimately serve as a replacement of the U:Drive for document storage and sharing. Read on for more information about OneDrive for Business capabilities and access.

What does OneDrive for Business offer?

With OneDrive for Business, faculty and staff receive one terabyte (1TB) of online cloud-based storage. The beauty of OneDrive for Business is that you can access synced files from anywhere with an internet connection. Furthermore, OneDrive for Business offers easy sharing capabilities, so you can share files with colleagues for a more collaborative working experience. OneDrive for Business may be accessed on Windows machines, Mac machines, Android devices, iDevices, and through online web access.

When accessing OneDrive for Business through online web access, you have the ability to edit Office files (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint) in-browser and any changes you make will automatically be saved.

Getting started

In order to use OneDrive for Business, you should first access the service by logging into Office 365 online at For instructions, read our tutorial on accessing OneDrive for Business through Online Web Access. The tutorial also covers how to share files through OneDrive for Business.

If you use a Windows-based computer, you will also need to install Office 2013.

For Mac users, the OneDrive for Business Mac client is available for download through the Apple Store. However, the client is currently in beta/preview mode, so not all capabilities are fully functional. Due to the client being in beta/preview mode, any troubleshooting techniques available from Campus Technology Support are best-effort methods and cannot guarantee resolution.

What’s the difference between OneDrive for Business and Syncplicity?

During the OneDrive for Business rollout, many users have asked about the differences between OneDrive for Business and Syncplicity. OneDrive for Business is a tool to store files you are working on, as well as providing a simpler method for sharing and collaboration with co-workers. Syncplicity is a computer backup and restoration tool, which you can use if you receive a new computer or your current computer breaks down and requires a re-image.


Instructional & Campus Technologies is rolling out OneDrive for Business to faculty and staff from now until the end of the year. Our staff will work with users on a department-by-department basis. For information on when technology staff will work with your department, please contact your department head.

Additionally, video tutorials are available for using the OneDrive for Business tool.

If you have further questions about using OneDrive for Business, please contact the Technology Service Desk at 278-5200.

The above image is a screenshot of Office 365 by Ryan Gay

Ryan Gay

Ryan Gay

Ryan is the Manager of Service Management & IT Project Lead for Instructional & Campus Technologies. He has received both undergraduate and graduate degrees in English from UNC-Greensboro.

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