Updates to Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage services will really benefit business users. They include a big boost in the amount of free storage space the service offers, as well as an increase in storage for Office 365 subscribers. Microsoft also announced price drops for subscription plans. Read on for details about the changes.
- Free storage upped from 7GB to 15GB
The amount of storage space that OneDrive users get for free has more than doubled; you now get 15GB to start with instead of 7GB, with no extra sign-up required. That's a plus for small business owners who want a lot of storage space without the need to shell out for a more expensive subscription service.
- Office 365 now comes with 1TB of storage
Office 365 is a subscription service that links your Microsoft Office programs with the cloud, so your documents are backed up and always accessible. Now, a subscription to Office 365 Home (9.99/month for up to five users) or Office 365 Personal (6.99/month for a single user) nets you a whopping 1TB of space per user. Previously, the service afforded just 27GB of space per user. That's nearly 38 times as much storage space for each member of your team.
- OneDrive subscriptions are cheaper
Small business users who want more storage capacity, but don't want to shell out for a full Office 365 account, can sign up for a OneDrive account at a more affordable price. The new monthly prices are$1.99 for 100GB (down from $7.49) and $3.99 for 200GB (down from $11.49.)
For business users, OneDrive has one big perk over competing cloud storage services: it's built right into the Windows 8 operating system. To sync files to the cloud, just drag and drop them into your OneDrive folder, located in the sidebar of the Windows 8 File Explorer.
Originally published on Business News Daily.