Box and OneDrive for Business offer their own set of advantages to businesses of all sizes. But if a company or its IT team must choose between the two, which cloud storage can be the best option? This comparison guide is focused on helping businesses of all sizes choose the right cloud storage. It is also insightful for companies planning to migrate content from Box to OneDrive.
1. Box vs OneDrive: Pricing and Storage
Box and OneDrive have significant differences between them in the pricing model. While both offer various business plans, Microsoft 365 (with OneDrive included) offers separate plans for enterprises. Here is a detailed comparison of the pricing of the two cloud storage:
|Cloud ||Plan ||Price/user/month ||Storage |
|Box || |
|Business Plus |
|Enterprise Plus || |
|Customized Quote || |
|OneDrive (Microsoft 365) || |
|Business Basic |
|Apps for Business |
|Business Standard |
|Business Premium || |
|$22.00 || |
Box offers unlimited storage on every business plan, which is an important benefit for businesses, especially SMBs. However, the unlimited storage is, in a way, limited by file upload and sync thresholds that are lower than OneDrive’s limits in Microsoft 365.
|Features ||Box ||OneDrive |
|Maximum file size upload limit ||150 GB ||250GB |
|Maximum file sync limit per day ||100 GB ||250GB |
2. Box vs. OneDrive: Apps Integration
Both Box and OneDrive for Business integrate with native and third-party apps/tools. Box integrates with native apps, e.g., Box Notes, Microsoft 365, and Google Workspace apps. Similarly, OneDrive for Business seamlessly integrates with all Microsoft apps. Both Box and Microsoft 365 support third-party app integration as well.
However, the level of integration differs a lot between the two. For example, OneDrive for Business has the edge over Box as it seamlessly integrates with Outlook and SharePoint Online. Box does not have a native email and team/shared drive; therefore, integration is not as deep as in OneDrive.
Most businesses migrate Box to OneDrive to utilize Microsoft 365’s centralized integration.
Box vs OneDrive: File Support
Box and OneDrive support many file types. However, both cloud storages have certain limitations in file type support. Here is a brief look at the file types unsupported by Box and OneDrive for Business:
|Cloud ||Unsupported File Types |
|Box ||.bak, .tmp, thumbs.DB, desktop.ini, ._dstore |
|OneDrive for Business ||TMP, desktop.ini, ._dstore |
3. Box vs OneDrive: Content Sharing & Collaboration
Both Box and OneDrive for Business are focused on content sharing and collaboration. Box allows sharing of files and folders through permissions, shareable links, collaborator invites, and content access request links.
However, OneDrive for Business takes collaboration to an advanced level through Microsoft Teams and SharePoint Online.
A SharePoint link is created for every new file and folder created in OneDrive for Business.
Also, sharing OneDrive folders and files in Microsoft Teams is a seamless experience for the end-users (employees and their teams).
4. Box vs OneDrive: Security
Box and OneDrive for Business ensure enterprise-grade security encryption and two-factor authentication. Here are the minor differences in encryption that Box and OneDrive (in Microsoft 365) use:
|Cloud ||Encryption |
|Box || |
|OneDrive for Business || |
5. Box vs OneDrive: Verdict
Box outshines OneDrive in some areas, such as unlimited storage and ease of use, while OneDrive has the edge over Box in content sharing and collaboration.
Businesses that use cloud storage as a data repository can benefit significantly from Box as it offers unlimited storage. On the other hand, businesses that have a global workforce and need to improve cloud collaboration can benefit from OneDrive’s seamless sync with Microsoft Teams and SharePoint Online.
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