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UW OneDrive for Business

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 cloud file storage and collaboration and allows you to access your files from multiple devices.

Note: The OneDrive for Business service, aimed at enterprise users, is not the same as the consumer OneDrive service offered by Microsoft to individuals. For information on the differences, see this page from Microsoft.


UW OneDrive is available at no additional cost.


  • UW OneDrive for Business is enabled automatically for all current UW students, faculty, and staff.
  • Sponsored UW NetIDs and UW affiliate NetIDs are not automatically enabled but can be enabled using the Provisioning Request Tool (PRT) – see this page for more info.
  • Shared UW NetIDs are not automatically enabled but can be enabled using the Provisioning Request Tool (PRT) – see this page for more info.

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 5TB of data in the cloud.
  • 15GB 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 files in UW OneDrive for Business to your computer
  • Synchronize files in SharePoint Online document libraries to your computer

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

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • OneNote

External Sharing Disabled

External Sharing is disabled on UW OneDrive for Business accounts, which means you will not be able to share files outside of the UW, i.e. with individuals with a non-UW email address.  This restriction was implemented after careful consideration of the risks and challenges associated with monitoring the potential sharing of sensitive information (e.g. HIPAA-protected PHI data) outside of the UW using OneDrive for Business.

If you’d like to utilize the UW OneDrive for Business platform and share with external users, you can request a UW SharePoint Online site collection with External Sharing enabled.  Click here to request a UW SharePoint Online site collection.

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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: