OneDrive Demystified

Sometimes the way technology is named and marketed can be confusing. One example of this is with Microsoft's OneDrive.
There are actually two different versions of OneDrive: OneDrive, and OneDrive for Business.
Here’s a little more info about OneDrive for Business.
 
If that’s not confusing enough, it’s possible to register a “work” email address as both a personal Microsoft account that has a OneDrive, and as an Office 365 account that has a OneDrive for Business.
 
You might have registered the email yourname@company.org when you first got your new Windows 10 computer as a personal Microsoft account. If your nonprofit has Office 365 for Nonprofits then your email, yourname@company.org, is associated with a work Office 365 account too. This means you have two OneDrive accounts registered with the same email address but they function as two separate accounts.
 
You can easily tell the difference between OneDrive and OneDrive for Business by how the sync client is named. The sync client makes files available on your computer for offline access, so you don’t need to access your files through a web browser. Both OneDrive and OneDrive for Business work without the sync client. Here’s some more information.
 
Below is a screenshot of my OneDrive for Business sync client, which is called “OneDrive – [workplace]”, so in my case “OneDrive – Tech Impact”.
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Your personal OneDrive will either be denoted “OneDrive” or “OneDrive – Personal” depending on the version. If you see folders and documents inside that space you are indeed syncing – just to a different space than your OneDrive for Business.
 
OneDrive and OneDrive for Business can quite happily coexist on the same machine, just be aware of which you’re saving to.
 
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