Comparison of SharePoint, Groups, and OneDrive

After reading this article students, faculty and staff should be able to:

  • Compare the differences between SharePoint, Groups, and OneDrive all of which are available through Office 365



SharePoint is a web application framework and platform that allows you to create different sites for different teams.  On these sites you can create document libraries, lists, calendars and other applications useful for file management and collaboration between site members.  SharePoint also incorporates a social network in which you can post news for other site members to see.  Using SharePoint, you can store, organize, share, and access information from almost any device with a web browser.


A Group is a shared workspace for email, conversations, files, and calendar events where group members can conveniently collaborate. You can create new or join existing groups using Outlook .  Within these groups, members can use a group calendar for scheduling meetings, share files via OneDrive, edit documents simultaneously, and post in discussion threads.


OneDrive is cloud storage service in which you can save personal files, share them with others, and edit the files simultaneously via the Office Online products, which are Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.  OneDrive offers unlimited data storage and can be accessed from any device that connects to the internet.

SharePoint Groups OneDrive
Personal Documents X
Share Documents with Others X X X
Simultaneously Edit Documents X X X
Group Calendars X X
Post discussion threads X X
All Document Types Allowed X X
Unlimited Storage X X

Keywords: SharePoint, Groups, OneDrive

Last Modified: 6/19/2017