Note-to-self: OneDrive (For Business) vs SharePoint Online

Just got a question about the differences between OneDrive (for Business) and SharePoint Online… As it’s not my core knowledge, I just did some quick research, which might serve your knowledge too… Here we go.

Sources:

The page on OneDrive for Business Service Description has a very interesting comparison, but IMHO, it’s missing a bit of color.
So, I’ve reworked the page slightly (but all credits to the Microsoft Product team.

 

Table of Contents

 

Developer features OneDrive for Business Plan 1 OneDrive for Business Plan 2 SharePoint Online Plan 1 SharePoint Online Plan 2

Access Services
Yes Yes Yes Yes

App Catalog (SharePoint)
Yes Yes Yes Yes

App Deployment: Cloud-Hosted Apps
Yes Yes Yes Yes

App Deployment: SharePoint-Hosted Apps
Yes Yes Yes Yes

App Management Services
Yes Yes Yes Yes

BCS: Alerts for External Lists
No No No Yes

BCS: App Scoped External Content Types (ECTs)
No No No Yes

BCS: Business Data Webparts
No No No Yes

BCS: External List
No No No Yes

BCS: OData connector
No No No Yes

BCS: Profile Pages
No No No No

BCS: Rich Client Integration
No No No No

BCS: Secure Store Service
No No No Yes

BCS: Tenant-level external data log
No No No Yes

Browser-based customizations
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Client Object Model (OM)
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Client-side rendering (CSR)
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Custom Site Definitions
No No No No

Custom Site Provisioning
No No No No

Developer Site
No No Yes Yes

Forms Based Applications
No No Yes Yes

Full-Trust Solutions
No No No No

InfoPath Forms Services
No No No Yes

JavaScript Object Model
Yes Yes Yes Yes

List and Library APIs
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Remote Event Receiver
No No Yes Yes

REST API
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Sandboxed Solutions
Yes Yes Yes Yes

SharePoint Design Manager
No No Yes Yes

SharePoint Designer
No No Yes Yes

SharePoint Store
2
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Workflow 2010 (.NET 3.5)
No No Yes Yes

Workflow 2010 (out of the box)
No No Yes Yes

Workflow 2013
No No Yes Yes

Workload API: ECM APIs
No No Yes Yes

Workload API: Search APIs
No No Yes Yes

Workload API: Social APIs
No No Yes Yes

 

IT Professional features OneDrive for Business Plan 1 OneDrive for Business Plan 2 SharePoint Online Plan 1 SharePoint Online Plan 2

Active Directory Synchronization
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Alternate Access Mapping (AAM)
No No No No

Analytics Platform
No No Yes Yes

Anti-malware protection
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Claims-Based Authentication Support
No No No No

Configuration Wizards
No No No No

Data loss prevention
No Yes No Yes

Deferred Site Collection upgrade
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Distributed Cache
No No No No

Encryption at rest
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Host Header Site Collections
No No No No

Improved Permissions Management
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Improved Self-Service Site Creation
No No No No

Managed Accounts
No No No No

Minimal Download Strategy (MDS)
Yes Yes Yes Yes

OAuth
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Patch Management
No No No No

Quota Templates
No No No No

Read-Only Database Support
No No No No

Remote BLOB Storage
No No No No

Request Management
No No No No

Request throttling
No No No No

Resource throttling
No No No No

Service Application Platform
No No Yes Yes

SharePoint Health Analyzer
No No No No

SharePoint admin center
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Shredded Storage
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Site Collection Compliance Policies
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Site Collection Health Checks
Yes Yes Yes Yes

State Service
No No No No

Streamlined Central Administration
No No No No

System Status Notifications
No No No No

Unattached Content Database Recovery
No No No No

Upgrade evaluation site collections
No No Yes Yes

Usage Reporting and Logging
No No No No

Windows PowerShell Support
Yes Yes Yes Yes

 

Content features OneDrive for Business Plan 1 OneDrive for Business Plan 2 SharePoint Online Plan 1 SharePoint Online Plan 2

Accessibility Standards Support
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Asset Library Enhancements/Video Support
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Auditing
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Auditing & Reporting (e.g. doc edits, policy edits, deletes)
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Content Organizer
No No Yes Yes

Design Manager
No No Yes Yes

Document Sets
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Document Translation in Word Online
Yes4 Yes4 Yes4 Yes4

eDiscovery Search
Yes Yes Yes Yes

eDiscovery Hold
No Yes No Yes

eDiscovery Export
No Yes No Yes

Email enabled lists and libraries
No No No No

External Sharing: External Access
Yes Yes Yes Yes

External Sharing: Guest Link
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Folder Sync
Yes Yes Yes Yes

IRM using Azure AD Rights Management
No1 No1 No1 No1

IRM using Windows Server AD RMS
No No No No

Managed Metadata Service
No No Yes Yes

Metadata-driven Navigation
No No Yes Yes

Multi-stage Disposition
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Office Online (create/edit)
Yes Yes No No

Office Online (view)
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Office Web Apps Server integration
No No No No

PowerPoint Automation Services
No No No No

Preservation hold library
No Yes No Yes

Quick Edit
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Records management
No No Yes Yes

Recycle Bin (SharePoint admin center)
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Recycle Bin (site collection)
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Related Items
No No Yes Yes

Rich Media Management
No No Yes Yes

Shared Content Types
Yes Yes Yes Yes

SharePoint Translation Services
No No Yes Yes

Site mailbox
No No Yes Yes

Surveys
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Unique Document IDs
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Video Search
No No No Yes

WCM: Analytics
No No Yes Yes

WCM: Catalog
No No No Yes

WCM: Category page and catalog item page
No No No Yes

WCM: Search web parts
No No No Yes

WCM: Cross-Site publishing
No No No Yes

WCM: Designer Tools
No No Yes Yes

WCM: Faceted navigation
No No No No

WCM: Image Renditions
No No Yes Yes

WCM: Managed navigation
No No Yes Yes

WCM: Mobile and Device Rendering
No No Yes Yes

WCM: Multiple Domains
No No No No

WCM: Recommendations
No No Yes Yes

WCM: Search Engine Optimizations (SEO)
No No Yes Yes

Word Automation Services
No No No No

 

Insights features OneDrive for Business Plan 1 OneDrive for Business Plan 2 SharePoint Online Plan 1 SharePoint Online Plan 2

Business Intelligence Center
No No No Yes

Calculated Measures and Members
No No No Yes

Data Connection Library
No No No Yes

Decoupled PivotTables and PivotCharts
No No No Yes

Excel Services
No No No Yes

Field list and Field Support
No No No Yes

Filter Enhancements
No No No Yes

Filter Search
No No No Yes

PerformancePoint Services
No No No No

PerformancePoint Services (PPS) Dashboard Migration
No No No No

Power View for Excel in SharePoint
No No No Yes

Power Pivot for Excel in SharePoint
No No No Yes

Quick Explore
No No No Yes

Scorecards & Dashboards
No No No No

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) Integrated Mode
No No No No

Timeline Slicer
No No No Yes

Visio Services
No No No Yes

 

Search features OneDrive for Business Plan 1 OneDrive for Business Plan 2 SharePoint Online Plan 1 SharePoint Online Plan 2

Advanced Content Processing
No No No No

Continuous crawls
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Custom entity extraction
No No No No

Deep links
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Event-based relevancy
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Expertise Search
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Extensible content processing
No No No No

Graphical refiners
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Hybrid search
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Manage search schema
No No Yes Yes

On-premises search index
No No No No

Phonetic name matching
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Query rules—Add promoted results
No No Yes Yes

Query rules—advanced actions
No No No No

Query spelling correction
No No Yes Yes

Query suggestions
No No Yes Yes

Query throttling
No No Yes Yes

Quick preview
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Ranking models
No Yes Yes2 Yes2

Refiners
Yes Yes Yes Yes

RESTful Query API/Query OM
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Result sources
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Search connector framework
No No No No

Search results sorting
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Search vertical: “Conversations”
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Search vertical: “People”
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Search vertical: “Video”
No No No Yes

“This List” searches
Yes Yes Yes Yes

 

Sites features OneDrive for Business Plan 1 OneDrive for Business Plan 2 SharePoint Online Plan 1 SharePoint Online Plan 2

Change the look
No No Yes Yes

Connections to Microsoft Office Clients
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Cross Browser Support
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Custom Managed Paths
No No No No

Governance
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Large List Scalability and Management
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Mobile Connectivity
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Multi-Lingual User Interface
Yes Yes Yes Yes

My Tasks
No No Yes Yes

OOTB Web Parts
No No Yes Yes

Permissions Management
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Project functionality for team sites
No No Yes Yes

Project site template
No No Yes Yes

Project Summary web part
No No Yes Yes

Project workspace
No No Yes Yes

SharePoint Lists
No No Yes Yes

SharePoint Ribbon
No No Yes Yes

Site folders
No No Yes Yes

Task list
No No Yes Yes

Team Site: Drag & Drop
No No Yes Yes

Team Site: Notebook
No No Yes Yes

Team Site: Simplified Access
No No Yes Yes

Templates
No No Yes Yes

Themes
No No Yes Yes

Usage Analytics
No No Yes Yes

Variations
No No Yes Yes

Work Management Service
No No Yes Yes

 

Social features OneDrive for Business Plan 1 OneDrive for Business Plan 2 SharePoint Online Plan 1 SharePoint Online Plan 2

Ask Me About
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Blogs
No No Yes Yes

Communities Reputation, Badging, and Moderation
No No Yes Yes

Community
No No Yes Yes

Company Feed
No No Yes Yes

Document Conversations with Yammer
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Follow
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Microblogging
No No Yes Yes

Newsfeed
No No Yes Yes

One Click Sharing
Yes Yes Yes Yes

People, Sites, Document Recommendations
No No Yes Yes

Personal Site
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Photos and Presence
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Profile
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Ratings
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Shared with Me
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Site Feed
No No Yes Yes

OneDrive for Business
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Tag profiles
No No Yes Yes

Tasks integrated with Outlook
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Trending Tags
No No Yes Yes

Wikis
No No Yes Yes

 

Add-Ons OneDrive for Business Plan 1 OneDrive for Business Plan 2 SharePoint Online Plan 1 SharePoint Online Plan 2

Additional Storage
No No No No

Azure Provisioned Apps: Access Services
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Azure Provisioned Apps: Custom Code in Azure LWR
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Duet Online
No No No No
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