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UW OneDrive for Business (formerly UW SkyDrivePro) is the University of Washington subscription to OneDrive for Business, a Microsoft online service that provides resources for file storage, collaboration, and communication with other UW users. The OneDrive for Business service, aimed at enterprise users, is not the same as the OneDrive service offered by Microsoft to individuals. For information on the differences, see How is OneDrive for Business different from OneDrive? on the Microsoft Office Web site.

Note: OneDrive for Business is not the same thing as OneDrive. Many people have personal OneDrive accounts (formerly called SkyDrive) for cloud storage; we won’t be talking about these personal accounts here. OneDrive for Business is storage for the UW documents you want to be able to access from multiple devices or locations.
UW OneDrive for Business offers you the following capabilities.


Office 365 ProPlus is included in the Technology Recharge Fee at no additional cost.


  • UW OneDrive for Business is enabled automatically for all current UW students, faculty, and staff.
  • Shared UW NetIDs and sponsored UW NetIDs are not automatically enabled, but will be enabled on request. This is often done through a group maintained by the local/departmental computing support team. Check with your local support team for details. Requests to create a new group to enable the service can be sent to
  • Retirees are not entitled to MSCA services, but they may receive endorsements for services to facilitate active involvement with the UW community.

When you leave the UW:

  • Current student, faculty, or staff accounts are disabled and the files are automatically deleted.
  • Faculty and staff accounts are disabled after 14 days.
  • Student accounts are disabled after one academic quarter.
  • Emeritus faculty accounts remain enabled.


Store and share files

  • Store up to 1TB of data in the cloud
  • 2 GB maximum file size
  • Store HIPAA and FERPA protected data
  • Share files with UW users (A UW NetID is required, more below)

Access and synchronize files easily

  • Access files using Web browsers or mobile devices
  • Access files directly from Microsoft Office desktop applications (with appropriate client software installed)
  • Synchronize your local files with files in UW OneDrive for Business document libraries (with appropriate client software installed)

Create and edit Microsoft Office files in the cloud with Office Web Apps

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • OneNote

Create SharePoint sites

  • Create SharePoint sites and document libraries accessible by other UW users.
  • OneDrive for Business is built using Microsoft SharePoint technology, and you might see references to SharePoint while using it.

Note: Microsoft originally released this service under the name SkyDrive Pro. In January 2014, Microsoft announced that they would be rebranding SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro to OneDrive and OneDrive for Business, respectively. In February 2014, the name change began appearing in the user interface and in the supporting Microsoft Web pages. As of February 2014, the terms SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro were still appearing in certain places in both the user interface in the Web pages, mixed in with the new terms OneDrive and OneDrive for Business. For more information on the name change from Microsoft, see From SkyDrive to OneDrive.

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More Information on UW OneDrive for Business

Information from Microsoft
Microsoft provides extensive online help for OneDrive for Business. When using OneDrive for Business, click the question mark icon in the upper-right corner of the browser window to access Microsoft help.

Other useful information from Microsoft: