Montana State University offers two cloud storage options for students, faculty and staff.

Both of these file storage options have more features than the free versions available to individuals outside of the MSU Community. See the table below for details.

Please NOTE: OneDrive for Business is not the same as OneDrive.  For more info, see How does OneDrive for Business differ from OneDrive? 


Data Storage Guidelines:  Both Box and OneDrive for Business are available to MSU faculty, staff and students. You may use whichever best suits your needs. Be sure to check the Box data storage guidelines and OneDrive for Business data storage guidelines for details about what data you can store in each.


 Item Montana State Box OneDrive for Business

FREE for MSU faculty, staff and students.

FREE for MSU faculty, staff and students.    

Storage Capacity Unlimited  1 TB
Service Box Microsoft Online Service.  
File Upload Size 15 GB 10 GB
Supported Web Browsers
Latest versions of Internet Explorer, Chrome, FireFox or Safari.

Latest versions of Internet Explorer, Chrome, FireFox or Safari.

May also require Microsoft Silverlight for certain browsers

Supported Operating Systems  Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Windows Phone                        
Related Apps Visit the Official Box Apps page for official Box apps like Box Capture, Box Sync, Box Edit and more. Microsoft has a free app for OneDrive for mobile devices and other devices to quickly open and save files, tag photos and share content. Click here to download the app or search for OneDrive in your device's app store.    
Data Types Please see the Data Storage Security Grid for guidance.   Please see the Data Storage Security Grid for guidance. 
Content and Task Management Assign tasks and add comments to specific files and send them to other individuals in your group or team. Automatic file organization assistance.
Permission Levels

Determine permission levels at the folder level and provide different access to folders and files for each individual invited to collaborate within the folder (permission levels range from co-owners to upload only to view only).

Users can also share files with others. see What are the Different Access levels for Collaborators for more information.

Invite others to view or edit within a folder or share a link to a file with edit or view only access. See Share Files and Folders and Change Permissions for more information.                                                                 
File Syncing on Computer Sync individual folders from Box Web Browser to your local drive using Box Sync. Whenever you next connect to the internet your Box Sync drive and your online files will sync. Download Box Sync from the Official Box Apps page.

Sync your entire OneDrive for Business to your computer. Whenever you're online, any changes that you or others made will sync. This requires the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client.

There is a 2GB file sync limit. 

Sync Warning!

IT is very important that folders containing student information or restricted data are NOT synced to your computer.  See the Box FAQ or Office 365 FAQ for more information on syncing.