Box vs. OneDrive

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Box
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
Box is an online cloud content management solution that caters to individual users as well as businesses.
$5
Per Month (Paid Annually) per user (minimum of 3 users)
OneDrive
Score 7.8 out of 10
N/A
OneDrive from Microsoft is a cloud storage and file syncing service.
$5
per month
Pricing
BoxOneDrive
Editions & Modules
Business Starter
$5
Per Month (Paid Annually) per user (minimum of 3 users)
Business
$15
Per Month (Paid Annually) per user (minimum of 3 users)
Business Plus
$25
Per Month (Paid Annually) per user (minimum of 3 users)
Enterprise
$35
Per Month (Paid Annually) per user (minimum of 3 users)
Enterprise Plus
Custom
Contact Us
OneDrive for Business Plan 1
$5.00
Per Month (Annual Commitment)
Microsoft 365 Business Basic
$5.00
Per Month (Annual Commitment)
OneDrive for Business Plan 2
$10.00
Per Month (Annual Commitment)
Microsoft 365 Business Standard
$12.50
Per Month (Annual Commitment)
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BoxOneDrive
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional DetailsBox is available as an annual subscription. Many customers opt for either the Digital Workplace or Digital Business suite, which includes the baseline software plat (Box Enterprise) plus multiple additional features including Box Shield for data loss prevention and threat detection, Box Governance for retention management and legal holds, Box Relay for no-code workflow, and Premier Services. Customers are eligible for discounting beyond volume list prices, depending on a number of conditions.OneDrive can be purchased as a standalone tool, or as part of a Microsoft 365's business suite.
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Community Pulse
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Considered Both Products
Box
Chose Box
Box has great apps, a great mobile-friendly website, extensions that integrate it into other programs/services, and WebDAV support so it can be easily/transparently mapped as a network drive in Windows. In these ways, it is on-par with OneDrive and a bit ahead of Dropbox (which …
Chose Box
At the time when we selected Box, Dropbox had yet to introduce collaboration on files, though they have since done so. Also at the time, we were concerned about security on Dropbox, with its primary emphasis on consumers and had already seen instances where client folders were …
Chose Box
Box lacks the integrations to Windows that OneDrive has, but has the right combination of price, features, and reliability. There are other services that are cheaper, but we find the Box provides good value when combining the things we were looking for. The inclusion of Box …
Chose Box
In the end we selected Google Drive for our primary storage and Box as the backup. OneDrive and Dropbox did not fit our I.T. systems model.

Box is reliable, so we do count on them to provide needed security for critical data.
Chose Box
Back when the selection for Box was being decided, Office 365 and the online suite of products were not well developed yet. However, that is no longer the case. Office 365 and the Microsoft stack make way more sense and there's no need to go with Box. OneDrive has covered all …
Chose Box
Box.com has the shortest domain name! It has feature parity with their competition. Any of these competitors sharing/syncing services are interchangeable for me. I default to whichever one my current client is using or wants to be using. If they are a Microsoft user, I go with O…
Chose Box
Box is more user-friendly since most of its features are simpler and easier than OneDrive, which has many add-on features. Files in the Box sync folder will sync automatically and can be available for phones and tablets. GitHub users commonly share, and document code sources …
Chose Box
OneDrive is also being used in tandem since our licensure is through Microsoft. While one is not trying to replace the other, we just utilize both for redundancy and integration purposes. They can have files moved between the two manually by the end users to ensure they're …
Chose Box
Box performs well with respect to privileges and access that can be modified for a file. It is very important from a security point of view. But products like Google Drive and OneDrive have better user experiences. They allow editing documents easily. But Box does not do that. …
Chose Box
Dropbox trails built in platform players like Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive from built in integration with services. However, the online interface and collaboration tools are better designed than the other platforms.
Chose Box
Box was selected prior to me starting with the company. We eventually switched to Sharepoint because of the cost savings, but otherwise, we would have preferred to stay on Box. OneDrive did not stack up to Box because it was determined that it was best suited for storing work …
Chose Box
Box and its competitors are all quite similar in their filesharing and storing capabilities. I think the closest, most similar product would be OneDrive, which I use quite often. Google Drive provides a bit more of real-time updating and version control of documentation that I …
Chose Box
Box has cheap storage pricing and so is preferred by small organizations, and easy to use app and sync make it a good product to use.
Cross platform file sharing and editing over the cloud is one of the best features it has.
Chose Box
For us switching to Box [was] a big move. It saves us from big problems and troubles which we were already facing while using the other software. Those use a lot of effort and have zero results in terms of results. Box has been a great find for us.
Chose Box
We have definitely come a long way to finally reach Box. It is undoubtedly a powerful and secure tool that is embedded with many modern features. Moreover, we wanted a platform that has more features and involves less cost. Altogether, it successfully stored many problems …
Chose Box
Box was the most versatile and cheaper of these options, also had more granular admin capabilities and platform agnostic (whether your are using MS Office or Google Docs).
Chose Box
As this gets integrated with Outlook, Office, Android devices, tablets, Mac devices, email, Webdocs, XML viewer and also sync well with Windows and Macintosh. This also has a feature for Microsoft Office suite integration for export and import and is also Microsoft Office …
Chose Box
For our company, Box is just easier. Everyone is aware of how to use it and it is more widely used by our partners in the industry. During our initial orientation, we get new staff familiar with Box (if they are not already familiar) and that is honestly one of the easiest …
Chose Box
My organization selected Box because it's a product that many organizations use, so it was easy to get users up to speed and collaborating together. The interface is very user friendly and intuitive. This has saved us time and effort in allowing users to become proficient in …
Chose Box
Box was a good platform, to begin with as the team was growing, and also since we did not have much data. Box was user-friendly and had sync options that we needed. It also did not have a lot of the other options in G Suite that was not required for use at the time.
Chose Box
Box was superior to all of the cloud file storage systems I've used. It is easier to use, has more space available, and we rarely had any problems. Unfortunately, budget was the deciding factor that pushed us to a different product, but I have found myself wishing that weren't …
Chose Box
Box is as simple to use as the others, however, the Single Sign-on feature is what makes it a viable tool for our company.
Chose Box
I feel Box's desktop sync app works the best but I admittedly love Google's native Docs and Sheets much more. I feel collaborating on Google Drive is much easier and more convenient. I believe you shouldn't keep all your files in one cloud, so to speak, so I keep accounts with …
Chose Box
I selected Box as it was the first solution I signed up with. It gave me the highest storage space and the reliability of the service is awesome.
Chose Box
I use a number of cloud computing file storage products in my day-to-day work, and I would say that Box does a really good job with the commenting in revision and functionality. It's great when working with other people and sharing files that can't be a live online, such as …
OneDrive
Chose OneDrive
OneDrive is integrated very well into Windows 10/Windows 10 Mobile and has a great UI on the web. The granular privacy/access controls are also quite nice.

For sharing photographs, its viewer is unparalleled.
Chose OneDrive
I mentioned in another area that OneDrive is bundled into our Office 365 accounts - so let me start there. Dropbox will cost you $10 and more per month. Our entire Office 365 account costs $12.50/month for each user - and we get full Office with that. Enough said there. As far …
Chose OneDrive
It's roughly the same as Googe Drive but underperforms when compared to Box and Dropbox.
Chose OneDrive
OneDrive is included in our Microsoft suite of products so there was no additional cost for us to use it. We use OneDrive for that reason mainly. For the most part, it does what you expect a cloud storage system to do, and it does it fairly well. For a larger group (10 or more …
Chose OneDrive
The only things that OneDrive does better then everyone else is the integration into Sharepoint/Office documents and the 1TB storage at this price range. Our corporate solution is Google Drive mainly because of the robust client, better cooperation inside documents, better …
Chose OneDrive
All these require logging in to the browser and manually drag and drop the items into the interface. Even though some of the software provide desktop client, I found it hard to use and had integration issues with Windows. But OneDrive was already integrated with Windows which …
Top Pros
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TrustRadius Insights
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Highlights

TrustRadius
Research Team Insight
Published

Based on customer feedback, both Box and OneDrive are extensively utilized for file sharing and collaborative work. Users of Box have highlighted how the product’s robust permission settings and real-time collaboration features have facilitated efficient group projects. Similarly, OneDrive users have praised the offering’s seamless integration with Microsoft Office Suite which enables multiple people to work on the same file simultaneously, enhancing team productivity.

Based on the reviews, Box seems to have been particularly embraced by enterprise-level users, while OneDrive enjoys a broader demographic base. Box users often speak of its high-security features and unlimited storage capacity, aspects that are crucial for big corporations handling large amounts of sensitive data. On the flip side, OneDrive is popular among individual end-users, small business owners, and students, who appreciate its user-friendly interface and the convenience of having their files synced across different Microsoft devices.

Lastly, a key dissimilarity lies in the overall user experience. While users recognize that both Box and OneDrive offer necessary cloud storage features, ease of use tends to vary. Many Box users have acknowledged some complexity in navigating the interface, suggesting a steeper learning curve. Comparatively, OneDrive users often express how its intuitive design and function make it easier to adopt, especially for non-tech-savvy individuals. These divergent experiences underscore the necessity of considering a user’s tech proficiency and the needs of the organization when deciding between these two services.

Features
BoxOneDrive
Enterprise Content Management
Comparison of Enterprise Content Management features of Product A and Product B
Box
7.9
23 Ratings
4% below category average
OneDrive
-
Ratings
Content capture & imaging7.519 Ratings00 Ratings
File sync, storage & archiving8.222 Ratings00 Ratings
Document management8.621 Ratings00 Ratings
Records management8.117 Ratings00 Ratings
Content search & retrieval7.421 Ratings00 Ratings
Enterprise content collaboration8.020 Ratings00 Ratings
Content publishing & creation7.014 Ratings00 Ratings
Security, risk management & information governance7.823 Ratings00 Ratings
Contract lifecycle management7.510 Ratings00 Ratings
Automated workflows8.112 Ratings00 Ratings
Artificial intelligence8.110 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile support7.921 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration8.021 Ratings00 Ratings
File Sharing & Management
Comparison of File Sharing & Management features of Product A and Product B
Box
-
Ratings
OneDrive
7.7
113 Ratings
9% below category average
Versioning00 Ratings8.289 Ratings
Video files00 Ratings6.5100 Ratings
Audio files00 Ratings7.194 Ratings
Document collaboration00 Ratings7.9107 Ratings
Access control00 Ratings7.9108 Ratings
File search00 Ratings7.9113 Ratings
Device sync00 Ratings8.0111 Ratings
Cloud Storage Security & Administration
Comparison of Cloud Storage Security & Administration features of Product A and Product B
Box
-
Ratings
OneDrive
7.5
108 Ratings
14% below category average
User and role management00 Ratings7.496 Ratings
File organization00 Ratings7.7108 Ratings
Device management00 Ratings7.391 Ratings
Cloud Storage Platform
Comparison of Cloud Storage Platform features of Product A and Product B
Box
-
Ratings
OneDrive
7.3
112 Ratings
15% below category average
Performance00 Ratings8.0111 Ratings
Reliability00 Ratings7.1112 Ratings
Storage Reports00 Ratings7.086 Ratings
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User Ratings
BoxOneDrive
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(151 ratings)
7.6
(113 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.0
(12 ratings)
9.0
(5 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(18 ratings)
8.0
(12 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(12 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
8.5
(29 ratings)
8.0
(36 ratings)
In-Person Training
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
10.0
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(6 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
BoxOneDrive
Likelihood to Recommend
Box
I think Box is great for research teams or anyone that has a large number of files that need to be securely stored. Particularly in the case of social science research, where it is important to protect identifying data, Box is a great option. In cases where teams need a more reliable means for real-time collaboration, I would probably consider a different alternative
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Microsoft
I'll start with what I would not use OneDrive for! I would not use it as a primary source for code repository, there are other more robust tools out there that can help you with storing and making available code repos. Where I would use OneDrive is in a platform for managing files, and with that I mean any file that can be saved offline and access a OneDrive access point, share, or mount. This could be personal, business, or data from a system that is saved in a standard file format. The OneDrive platform is great for documents collaboration as well, with the ability to allow for share and links to be provided to for easy access and collaboration. I would also recommend if you are someone who likes to use cloud services and rely less and less on offline storage. OneDrive excels in this area!
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Pros
Box
  • The main feature that I like the most in Box is that it makes collaboration seamless, workers can easily check the documents any time and make changes according to the needs.
  • Box manages and backs up all of your files on its cloud servers, and provides a very nice interface for creating, viewing, editing, and collaborating on the most commonly used file types (PDF, XLS, DOC, etc.).
  • Over the past few years, Box has built on top of its basic cloud storage management with a host of other tools, such as workflows, AI, monitoring, and analytics.
  • It is helping us to make good connections with clients and our workers themselves as to its syncing and viewing feature to all is very much helpful and easy to go.
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Microsoft
  • Sync functions allow to access work virtually anywhere
  • Collaboration options make working with others easier, increasing productivity
  • It works seamlessly in different devices
  • The one drive online functions allows to use office programs like work and excel without having them installed in a device
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Cons
Box
  • The graphic design of the dashboard should be simpler and more tangible that can be changed to the liking of the Admin.
  • Sometimes there are some syncing issues in the background.
  • The product has very limited functionality in some areas which could be a bit frustrating at times.
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Microsoft
  • I wish OneDrive would allow you to sync multiple personal/individual accounts to your computer. At this time, you can only sync one account at a time. That means that my personal OneDrive and individual corporate OneDrive can't be synced to my computer at the same time.
  • OneDrive has a file size limitation of 15 GB. I know that that is a very large amount, but I have several files that are larger than 15 GB that I wish I could get to sync. I'm hoping that file size limitation changes in the future.
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Likelihood to Renew
Box
I like the security features and I like the website. It's easy to use and create and move things around as needed. The main reason for a lower rating is because the Box Sync app is just not a good program. It's a memory hog, it's slow, transfer speeds are slow, and it's not the most efficient route. If you have a large Box account and you need to get a computer up to speed on a large amount of data within Box, you are in for the long haul. Last time I had to do this, it took 3 days to sync all of the files and we are talking around 100 GB worth of data
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Microsoft
Due to its tight integration into the Microsoft ecosystem and its bundling into the Office 365 service, continued use of the product is all but guaranteed. Unless there's a shift away from Microsoft, I can see no competing product offering the same ease of use and integrations taking the place of OneDrive
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Usability
Box
Everything with Box is seamless. It can be integrated into virtually any other software or application. You can even get the app for your phone or tablet to work on the go. File syncing is so quick. The only reason I gave it a 9 is the issue I discussed earlier about the local file application rebooting and not continuing to sync files. Other than that, it's great!
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Microsoft
Using OneDrive is very intuitive and has been improved over the years. It's just like using native file management on either your Mac or PC. It's drag and drop functionality is easy and it clearly shows when files are uploaded to the cloud or if there are errors
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Reliability and Availability
Box
Yeah, it's always worked, I've never had any kind of connection issues, the only issues I've had it I've been on our end when the Internet hasn't worked.
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Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Performance
Box
The general operation and management of Box is very efficient, both when accessing the account, and when adding files, downloading or modifying any document directly. The web platform, mobile and desktop versions work really well and quickly, making all the work and process flow smoothly and without setbacks. So far I have not been able to observe any inconvenience
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Microsoft
It has a good performance, the pages load normally, access to the files, management, reports, everything is working well. With regard to integration with other systems, we have not done so yet.
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Support Rating
Box
I found their support community lacking in clarity when I experienced a login issue. The error messaging was poor on my Box Sync application. I did not reach out to support staff for help, instead, I reasoned that I should try downloading the Box Sync application again and reinstall it. That fixed my issue, thankfully. I think a less computer-savvy user would've been much more frustrated.
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Microsoft
It's a Microsoft product so there is a wealth of information online both from Microsoft directly and from millions of users but as a corporate user we also have access to direct Microsoft support through a variety of avenues (phone, email, etc.). This makes finding answers to issues more accessible, however, it does also mean that any new feature requests will get buried.
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In-Person Training
Box
The in person training was done in house and I helped with the training, people seem to respond well.
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Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Online Training
Box
The documentation is good. Since Box is a popular service, there were also a number of YouTube videos and other sources that were helpful as we were considering the product and planning for deployment. Also, the ability to try the free version helped to prepare us.
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Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
Box
Be careful with settings. It is easy to get overwhelmed with updates. For example, you don’t want to be updated when doing historical data uploads. I recommend taking off notifications initially and then turn on post you have done your historical data upload.
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Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Box
They are kind of the same. And both of them do their job as promised. But for company and project wise I think that Box slightly wins for some points. Which [makes him] win over Google Drive (don't forget that Google Drive is very easy to use and has a lot [of] nice features too).
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Microsoft
Box is another file-sharing application that is very similar to OneDrive. Box falls short of OneDrive in its syncing capabilities. OneDrive is very quick with syncing so you never have to be concerned that you are not using the most up-to-date materials. Box was always a bit delayed and did not always accurately sync across systems. OneDrive benefits from being backed by Microsoft, so you expect the connection across applications that it allows. OneDrive also provides consistency for use and intuitive understanding because of that Microsoft consistency. I'd prefer OneDrive over Box.
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Scalability
Box
It's great, as we put more files on there it's done very well.
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Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
Box
  • Box has been an only positive experience. It provides a seamless way for me and my team to collaborate on documents in such a way where we're not sending the document back/forth via email. It's a huge timesaver.
  • Box reduces the risk of sharing a sensitive document to the wrong person via email.
  • Box has provided a platform where my team can share notes in meetings - this has helped streamline and organize our meetings. Our meetings are more productive and actionable.
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Microsoft
  • OneDrive allows us to save much time on creating and archiving backup copies of our data. Microsoft gives a guarantee on the possibility of recovery of files or folders even from 30 days ago. It provides a great comfort of work.
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Screenshot of In the Content Cloud, you get a single, secure, easy-to-use platform built for the entire content lifecycle, from file creation and sharing, to editing, signature, and retention.Screenshot of Keep your files safe with cloud-native security and compliance capabilities like granular access controls, watermarking, and classification. Stay proactive with Box Shield’s machine learning and the ability to set policies that detect threats.Screenshot of Power secure collaboration from anywhere with a central workspace to edit, review, and assign tasks.Screenshot of Integrate your tech stack across 1,500+ best-of-breed apps.Screenshot of Get e-signatures right where your content lives in Box. Power a simple, seamless signing experience for critical business documents like sales contracts and offer letters.Screenshot of Create workflows in minutes, so you spend more time on what matters most.