The Ultimate Cheat Sheet to Master OneDrive for Your Business

When businesses are offered a variety of cloud data storage solution providers, it can be pretty difficult for IT leaders to choose one that best fits your organizational needs. There are a number of cloud solution providers to choose from, such as, Dropbox, Google Drive, Hightail, and others, each with their advantages and disadvantages. However, if you want one that seamlessly integrates with your Microsoft ecosystem, you should not look any further than OneDrive.

Microsoft is coming under a lot of spotlight from tech enthusiasts and businesses, owing to its recent announcement to launch its Office 2016 application suite. Also, its Office 365 has also been sweeping the corporate industry after being ranked as the leading provider of online productivity tools. Given these developments and the upcoming official release of the Windows 10 operating system, it would be somewhat pointless to use a cloud data storage solution that does not fit into the family of Microsoft. After all, businesses can benefit from better synergy, cost efficiency, and speed of access.

So if you are a business that is looking to leverage Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud service, here are a few things you need to know.

Remotely access your files at home

The main benefit of OneDrive is that you can conveniently store your corporate data and files online in a secure place and access it from any device using your log in details. However, there are often times, when you would count on OneDrive to save your neck in tricky situations. Imagine forgetting to upload the presentation you had created at home to your OneDrive space for a meeting that is due in 15 minutes.

With OneDrive, you can use its new Fetch feature that would allow you to access all of your files on the OneDrive website. Fetch is also there if you do not like to upload your files to your OneDrive account every single time. What makes this even more exciting is that you can also access your libraries and hard drives, provided that your computer and internet are turned on.

To use this feature on your OneDrive:

  1. Right Click the OneDrive icon from the notification area and click on
  2. Check the Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of my files on this PC.
  3. Press OK to finish.

Afterwards, sign-in with your Microsoft Account on your web browser and under the PCs section, click on your computer name. You should then be able to view the locations including Favorites, Libraries, and PC. Through it, you can gain access to your C drive as well as your internal and externally connected drives.

Access OneDrive files from another account in Windows 10

Because you do not want to pay for more storage in your OneDrive or do not currently have an Officce 365 subscription, you may have multiple OneDrive accounts and cannot use more than one when accessing the browser.

However, you can still use another account while being logged in with your main account in the operating system. You can do this with the following steps:

  1. Right Click the OneDrive icon from the notification area and click on
  2. Click the Unlink OneDrive button on the Unlink OneDrive section.
  3. Click Get Started after you see the OneDrive setup wizard.
  4. Sign-in with a new Microsoft Account that you want to use for accessing OneDrive.
  5. Change the location for storing your OneDrive files or choose to keep the current path and click
  6. Click Next to choose which folders you want to sync. Make sure you don’t forget to activate the fetch feature if you want to access your files remotely.
  7. Click Done to finish.

Restoring files after emptying your Recycle Bin

So far, you have been using OneDrive to sync and access files and have the option to edit and delete them through your file explorer. But what happens when you have accidently emptied your Recycle Bin after deleting the file?

With OneDrive, you can still retrieve deleted files. Whenever you delete your OneDrive file, a copy is made in the Recycle Bin, both in Windows and OneDrive. So if you have accidently emptied your Windows Recycle Bin, you can still have access to the file on your OneDrive one. To restore files, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to your OneDrive account.
  2. Click the OneDrive Recycle bin link from the menu on your left.
  3. Select the file you want to retrieve and then click

End note

In summary, Microsoft’s One Note is more than just a cloud data storage solution. It provides you easy access to your files for remote working and multiple account usage purposes. If you want your cloud storage solution to fit seamlessly with the Windows 10 operating system and the Office 365 cloud suite, then OneDrive is the ideal choice.

How the Cloud Wars Will Benefit Your Small Business

pricedropThe battle of big-name tech companies has begun, as big names like Amazon, Google, Apple, and Microsoft all fight to become champions of the cloud computing sector. As the technology goes more mainstream, major companies are each striving to provide the best services at the lowest prices.

This is all good news for consumers and businesses, a tech expert recently pointed out. Mashable’s chief correspondent Lance Ulanoff documented the moves these companies are making, which include Microsoft’s offering of 200 GB of free cloud storage for Surface 2 buyers, Amazon’s offering of free unlimited storage for photos taken with its new Amazon Fire phone, and Apple’s 20 GB of storage for $0.99 per month.

The Business Benefits

Over time, consumers are getting more for less, allowing even small businesses to take advantage of big business technology without exceeding their budget limits. Since the current focus is on file storage, this means businesses can encourage their employees to use cloud-based file storage services like Amazon Cloud Drive and Microsoft OneDrive.

On an enterprise level, this increase in inexpensive storage means the move to cloud file storage may happen sooner than many businesses anticipated. Amazon’s competitive pricing has already impacted its EC2 and S3 storage, recently announcing its 42nd price reduction since 2008.

The Time to Buy

As these players struggle to compete in a cloud-evolving world, this may be the best time for businesses to buy in. Amazon is pushing sales of its new smartphone while Microsoft is trying to lure consumers to Office 365. To boost subscribers, Microsoft recently added Office functionality to the iPad with the stipulation that customers must subscribe to 365 to access all the features.

If your business has been considering a move to the cloud, this may be a great time to make the change. As the competition continues to heat up, users will benefit from lower prices and increased services, making cloud affordable for businesses of all sizes.