Written by Barry Dysert (last updated December 10, 2018)
OneDrive is Microsoft's offering of cloud storage. When you sign up, you can choose from several plans, ranging from the free Basic account (for 5 GB of storage) to a 50 GB plan (which costs $1.99/month) to Office 365 Personal (which offers 1 TB of storage plus premium services for $6.99/month, or $69.99 per year) to Office 365 Home (which, for $9.99/month, or $99.00 a year, offers 6 TB of storage plus premium services, and is available for five users).
The premium services available in the Office 365 plans include the following:
Combine my cheap nature with the fact that there are a lot of free cloud storage areas available (including those that let you share content), and you could safely come to the conclusion that I opted for the free Basic account. Having an extra 5 GB in the cloud that I can access from any online PC has proven to be quite handy. I put files on OneDrive that I want to access from both work and home; that way I don't have to hassle with copying them to a portable drive or even go through the process of using Dropbox to shuffle them back and forth.
To set up your OneDrive account, point your browser to HYPERLINK "https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/plans/" (obviously, this is for the English-US locale). You'll see the following screen: (See Figure 1.)
Figure 1. The OneDrive web page (premium plans).
Yes, the less-adorned plans are cut off to the right. To get to them, scroll down a bit until you see the horizontal scroll bar; then scroll over to the right and go back to the top of the page, at which time you'll see this: (See Figure 2.)
Figure 2. The OneDrive web page (storage-only plans).
From either figure, you can see that it's a simple matter of clicking the button for the plan you want. As mentioned, I clicked the "Sign up" button under the Basic plan, as I just use the free service for cloud-based file storage and for files I want to share among different PCs. Whichever plan you choose, you'll be led through a short wizard to get it established. You'll need to have a Microsoft account (i.e., one ending with ".live.com", ".hotmail.com", ".msn.com", etc.), so if you don't have one already, you might as well set it up now.
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