This is completely anecdotal, and based off of vague memories, so take it with a grain of salt, but a couple of years ago both my MacBook Pro and iMac were running dog slow, fans going, etc. I forget how I tracked down the problem, but believe it had to do with the Console and also Activity Monitor, and then a Google search of a message in Console leading me to a multi page thread on the Microsoft OneDrive forums. Again, I don’t remember the specifics and even hesitate to throw aspersions in the direction of OneDrive, but there was some sort of serious bug with OneDrive for the Mac (but only in certain setups) that modified something in the file system on the Mac (write attributes or something like that?). The only way I ever got things back to normal was through a clean install.
I would hope the bug is gone by now, but despite getting 1 TB of OneDrive storage through the office, I only use it through the web interface.
If you only need to share documents or accessing the documents through the browser, the whole Google Drive/OneDrive thing is probably a wash. Both support native editing for Microsoft Office documents.
If you’re going to be collaborating — e.g. working on the same document at the same time – Google Drive is definitely the more mature product. Collaboration using Microsoft Office apps on the web is not bad, but is messy if you’re using the computer-based Microsoft Office apps.
My antidotal experience with Google’s syncing apps, both File Stream and Backup and Sync, was horrible — similar to @Evan’s OneDrive experience. Admittedly, I work with 500 mb TIFF files, so that probably didn’t help. OneDrive has been solid for me.
I use OneDrive with at least 3 accounts (persona / own company / clients) in synch on a 2018 mbp and 2015 iMac. (Also have a windows laptop from the current client using their onedrive which is fine)
All working fine.
The only time I have had issues is when LaunchBar tried to index all the files when some weren’t download. That caused my mbp to go nuts.
Using Alfred haven’t had the same issues.
Onedrive and Sharepoint is the University tool of choice and I’ve had no issues so far on my M1 Mac Mini. Initial sync was a bit slow and caused some spinning beachballs if I tried to open the Onedrive preferences whilst it did the initial sync but since then, seems relatively solid.
I’ve also purchased an Insync licence for Onedrive, which also works nicely to allow access to Onedrive. And I’ve also setup Cloud Sync on my NAS, so if I do run in to issues with Onedrive on the Mac, I can access the files via SMB, so I’ve got a couple of methods of accessing!
I try to stick with Onedrive itself, as this allows auto save and sharing files, if a colleague also accesses it at the same time.
I’ve been using OneDrive for my personal files as my cloud solution of choice. I think I’ve been using it for a year or two by now and have zero problems whatsoever. All files are present on my iMac, and I selectively download/keep folders offline-accessible on my iPad and iPhone. Seamless/instantaneous syncing.
One issue that I have with google drive is that shared files end being “Drive shortcuts” instead of the file itself. So when I use google’s backup and sync program, then I don’t get the full download/copy of the file. I have pdfs, google sheets, and google docs. I want to have a copy of the PDF on my mac.
I’m not overcautious. In fact I keep most of my data online because an iPad is my primary computer. I managed networks and email servers, etc. for multiple employers since the early 90’s and know how futile it is to worry about things you can never control. So I encrypt my tax records and anything I consider sensitive and use the cloud as needed.
Besides, I can’t think of any data about me that an advertiser might want, that is not already available legally from numerous sources.
I’d vote for Google Drive. When I’ve had to collaborate on documents it works perfectly whereas with One Drive you’re dealing with Microsoft and it’s very Windows centric system that often fails on macs.
Besides I’d rather deal with Google than MS knowing about my stuff.