Overview of One Drive for Business for Students, Faculty and Staff
Posted by Tracy Brown, Last modified by Tracy Brown on March 30, 2015 01:18 PM


Northwestern State University offers OneDrive for Business as part of Office 365 subsciption for students, faculty and staff.  This service is managed by NSU Information Systems and is available to registered students, faculty and staff. OneDrive for Business provides file storage, collaboration, and communication with other NSU students, faculty and staff. You can load your OneDrive with documents, photos, and share them. You can access them anytime, anywhere and from any device!

The OneDrive for Business service is not the same as the OneDrive service offered by Microsoft to consumers. The OneDrive for Business is managed by NSU Information Systems. For information on the differences, see How is OneDrive for Business different from OneDrive? on the Microsoft Office Web site.

OneDrive for Business Frequently Asked Questions

OneDrive for Business summary of features

Store and share files

  • Store up to 1 TB of data in the cloud
  • 10 GB maximum file size
  • Share files with NSU students, faculty and staff

Access and synchronize files easily

  • Access files using Web browsers or mobile devices
  • Access files directly from Microsoft Office desktop applications
  • Synchronize your local files to OneDrive for Business document libraries (with appropriate client software installed)

Create and edit Microsoft Office files in the cloud with Office Web Apps

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • OneNote

OneDrive for Business Applications (Client Software)

The OneDrive for Business applications are:

  • OneDrive for Business app for Windows 8 and mobile devices
  • OneDrive for Business sync client for Windows 7

With OneDrive for Business applications, you can:

  • Synchronize your local files with files in OneDrive for Business.
  • Access your OneDrive for Business files from your desktop.
  • Access Microsoft Office files stored on OneDrive for Business directly from local Office applications.

The following table summarizes support for the OneDrive for Business applications on several platforms.

Operating System


Get Software

Windows 8 and

Windows 8 RT (Surface)

One Drive for Business App

Instructions from Microsoft

From Windows Store

Windows 7

OneDrive for Business sync client

Instructions from Microsoft



No Sync client for Mac OS X, but you can access OneDrive for Business on Mac through Office 2011, 2008 (Mac)


Apple iOS 6.0 and higher (iPhone, iPad, iTouch)

OneDrive for Business Pro App

Instructions from Microsoft

From Apple App Store


OneDrive for Business support is built into the Office Mobile for Android Phones App

From Google Play

Synchronizing Files

Synchronization (or sync) allows you to designate one or more OneDrive for Business folders to be replicated on your local computer or mobile device. Once you establish sync, you can change a file in OneDrive for Business and the local copy of the file is updated automatically. Likewise, when you change a local file, it is updated in OneDrive for Business.

 For Microsoft information on how to set up sync, see Sync a library to your computer.

Office Version

Sync Support

Office 2013

OneDrive for Business sync cleint is built-in

Office 2011, 2008 (for Mac)

Document Connection program (distributed with Office for the Macintosh) provides a folder view in which you can open files and also drag and drop files to add them to OneDrive for Business.Configuration from Microsoft

Office 2010, 2007

Download and install the OneDrive for Business Sync client

Donwload client from Microsoft Download Center

Information from Microsoft

Microsoft provides extensive online help for OneDrive for Business. When using OneDrive for Business, click the question mark icon  in the upper-right corner of the browser window to access Microsoft help.  For information on how to use OneDrive for Business, see the guide and video on OneDrive for Business 


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