Microsoft OneDrive for iOS review: Good cloud storage, but with little to set it apart

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.7
  • Installation and Setup: 8.0
  • Features and Support: 7.0
  • Interface: 8.0
  • Performance: 8.0
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3.5 stars 3 user reviews
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The Good Microsoft OneDrive for iOS has a sleek interface for browsing your files and offers tight integration for Microsoft Office subscribers.

The Bad There is no password protection in the app. Photo backup features are automatic and don't ask permission.

The Bottom Line OneDrive is a solid cloud storage option that's a must for Office users, but it doesn't offer many extra features that distinguish it from its competitors.

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Microsoft OneDrive is a revamped version of the company's cloud storage service (formerly called SkyDrive) that lets you store files in the cloud outside of your computer or smartphone, so that they're accessible from any device connected to the Internet. With the news, the company also added some tweaks to its accompanying app for iOS.

OneDrive is just one of many cloud services available, such as Google Drive and Dropbox, but has the unique advantage of working flawlessly with Microsoft Office documents as long as you also own the Office app with a subscription to Office 365. Without the Office tie-in, OneDrive is still useful for storing files, with 7GB of space when you sign up for a free account, but doesn't really differentiate itself from the other big names in the category.

Your files, anywhere
With your OneDrive set up, you can access your files from any device, and you can organize them into folders for easy access. Buttons across the bottom let you look at all your files, anything you have backed up to OneDrive (more on this later), recent or shared files, and the settings.

OneDrive lets you view images, word processing docs, spreadsheets, and forms you've uploaded to the service, but will not let you edit your work. Fortunately, the app lets you open files in other supported apps, so I was able to test it out by taking an image uploaded from my iPhone, viewing it in OneDrive, then opening it in another photography app where I could make edits.

Adding a file to your OneDrive is easy. Just touch the menu button (three small circles) in the upper right, and you'll get options for adding new items or you can select items you want to share.

As I mentioned before, the app really comes in handy when you have a subscription to Office 365. With the Office app on your iPhone tied to a subscription, you'll be able to open and edit Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents from your iPhone. You'll only be able to make basic edits within the Office app and it's a little annoying to have to open a separate app to edit, but I like that it is available.

One omission I noticed in OneDrive is the option to password-protect your documents. I suppose most people probably have a PIN to log in to their smartphones, but that's one feature that Dropbox has, and it's a level of security that was left out of OneDrive.

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