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Cloud Collaboration: You've Got Options

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Are you tired of emailing back and forth when editing documents? Do you wish you could work on documents with others, online, in real time? Wouldn’t it be nice to never have to worry about running out of storage space on your devices? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Cloud Storage (Box and OneDrive) may be perfect for your needs. Available at no cost through Pitt Information Technology, these options allow you to manage your documents, notes, media, and more—in one space.

Whether you’re a student working on a group project, a professor wanting to share documents with your class, or a staff member looking to access files when working from home, both OneDrive and Box let you share files between people, devices, and locations with a simple drag-and-drop interface. You can even set permissions to restrict individual’s access to edit/delete files or view only.

Box vs. OneDrive

While both services are great options, they each have some unique benefits. Below is a comparison to help you choose which is right for you.

Feature

Box

OneDrive

Storage Capacity

Unlimited

5 TB

Individual File Limit

15 GB

10 GB

Sharing Permissions

Offers up to nine different sharing options

Team members can either view or edit files

Real-Time Co-Authoring

Only available on Cloud services—Office 365 apps or Box Notes

Partners can collaborate on the same documents from different accounts

Integration

Google Suite, iOS, Microsoft, Slack

Office 365, email, SharePoint

Apps

Box Drive, Box Edit, Box for Office, mobile apps

OneDrive for Business, Sync Client, and apps for your smartphone, tablet, or Xbox One

Both OneDrive for Business and Box enable you to mark files for offline use, so even when you aren’t connected, you can continue working on your files. Your changes will then sync the next time you connect to the internet.

Start Collaborating

There are three options for accessing Box. Simply log into the My Pitt website. From the top right corner, click the Box login button. To access Box from a mobile device or tablet, download the app or go to pitt.box.com through a web browser.

To enter OneDrive, log into portal.office.com with your Pitt email address and password. Locate and click the OneDrive app.

No matter which option you choose, you always have a secure online collaboration tool at your fingertips. What’s more, should a device break or become lost, your files will remain safe in the cloud.

So which will you choose?


For more information on Cloud Storage (Box and OneDrive), visit pi.tt/cloud.

 

Comments

Thank you for the article, however I wish that my favourite service was mentioned. It's called MyAirBridge and they have a great value for money + so many useful features. You should check it out if you're interested in cloud options :)

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