WFU faculty, staff, and students now have three primary options for storing and working with files in the cloud – Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and Dropbox. There are some differences between the Services. IS has provided this handy table to summarize differences and similarities.
As always, if you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact your ITG member.
|Features||Google Drive||Dropbox||Microsoft OneDrive|
|Who can access it||Faculty, Staff, Students||Faculty, Staff, Students||Faculty, Staff, Students|
|Storage quota||Unlimited||100 GB||Unlimited|
|File Size Limit||5 TB||50 GB||10 GB|
|Mobile app platform||Android, iOS||Android, iOS||Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, Xbox One|
|Folder Syncing||Google Backup and Sync||Smart Sync with Dropbox Desktop Client||Sync with OneDrive|
|Mount storage on your computer||Google File Stream||Selective Sync with Dropbox Desktop Client||Map as Network Drive (Windows Only)|
|Recovery of deleted files||Yes, admins 25 days after users delete files.||Yes, up to 120 days after deletion. Users retrieve deleted files themselves.||Yes, 30 days.|
|Restore all files to a certain date||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|File and Link sharing||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Password for file sharing||No||Yes||Yes|
|Expiration dates for file sharing||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Request and collect files||Request access to a known file in Google Drive||Request files to be uploaded from anyone||Share files with internal and external users|
|Document E-Signature||Available via 3rd Party Add-on||Available via 3rd Party Add-on. HelloSign coming soon.||Available via 3rd Party Add-on|
|Collaboration Tools||Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Drawings|
MS Office integration
|Paper (Documents), Showcase, MS Office integration, Google Docs (coming soon)||MS Office Online or Office 365 Word, Excel, Powerpoint|
Table was copied from IS help article on 8/28/2019 and is accurate at that time. Terms, features and capabilities are subject to change without notice. The above table will not automatically update. Always check the original document for the most up-to-date information.