OneDrive for Business

OneDrive for Business is an online document storage and sharing tool that faculty and staff can access through the Office 365 Outlook Web App (OWA) at or through desktop and mobile applications.

Features of OneDrive for Business

OneDrive for Business versus OneDrive

OneDrive for Business is not the same as the commercial OneDrive service that Microsoft offers to individuals for personal online file storage. OneDrive for Business provides online storage for your USC work documents and enables file sharing with anyone who has a Microsoft account, including your students and colleagues at other universities.

NOTE: Devices running the Windows 8, 8.1, and 10 operating systems have a built-in OneDrive app. This app works only with personal OneDrive accounts; you will not be able to use it to access your OneDrive for Business account. For information on apps that can access your OneDrive for Business account, please see the OneDrive For Business Apps for Desktop and Mobile Devices page.


Everyone with a Microsoft Office 365 account managed by USC Information Technology Services (ITS) has access to OneDrive for Business. To find out if you have an Office 365 account managed by ITS, contact your Local IT support representative.

Getting Started

You can access OneDrive for Business through the Outlook Web App (OWA) and through desktop and mobile software available for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.

Accessing OneDrive for Business

To access OneDrive for Business through the Outlook Web App, log in at and click the OneDrive tab in the upper-left section of the screen.

For information on accessing OneDrive for Business through desktop or mobile applications, see

NOTE: OneDrive for Business desktop clients use secure communications protocols.

Learn More

For information on how to upload, share, and work with documents in OneDrive for Business, see

What is OneDrive for Business? (MS Video 2:08)

When using OneDrive for Business in the Outlook Web App, you can also access Microsoft’s online help by clicking the question mark icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Data Security

USC-provided OneDrive (Microsoft Office 365) accounts are approved for the storage of many types of restricted information, including data covered under HIPAA and FERPA. Additional controls may be required, depending on the type of data and relevant regulations. For questions, please contact the Office of Compliance at


For assistance with OneDrive for Business, please contact the ITS Customer Support Center.


This is a free service.