Microsoft ups OneDrive for Business storage capacity to 1TB

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40 times more capacity as cloud storage war heats up

In a bid to catch up with rivals Box and Dropbox in the cloud storage market, Microsoft has increased the storage limits for customers of its OneDrive for Business.

From now OneDrive for Business users storage limites increase from 25GB to 1TB per user. Limits have increased in a similar fashion for Office 365 ProPlus users.

Microsoft is keen to keep hold of its Office user base and the busines market  in general as it faces increasing competition from Dropbox, Box and Google. The last two increasingly tying cloud storage to online productivity tools.

The standalone edition of OneDrive for Business costs $2.50 per user per month (enjoying a 50 per cent discount for the next six months). This also comes with the free Office Online web-based productivity suite (although this is a stripped down version of Office).

Office 365 users will get the increased storage limits alongside the full-fat desktop version of Office for an annual subscription of $12 per user, per month.

Other Office 365 users will get the storage bump when service updates roll out over the coming months.

In a blog post taking a swipe at both Dropbox and Box (titled 'Thinking outside of the box), John Case, corporate vice president at Microsoft said "the cloud is about breaking down walls between people and information. Not building a new set of islands in the sky. Make sure you bet on a file sync and share solution that helps you embrace that."

"As important as robust file sync/share is, we believe it’s only useful if it’s part of a holistic and comprehensive solution for team-based productivity and collaboration," he added.

The firm also announced it would help customers migrate data away from competitors but did not specify how or when this was likely to happen.

At time of publication, the OneDrive for Business homepage has not been update to reflect the new storage limits.

Box chief executive Aaron Levie responded to the announcement and said in blog post, that "by keeping Office 365 users on the closed OneDrive 'island,' Microsoft is stranding hundreds of millions of users and customers that have chosen Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and others.

"And by releasing Office on the iPad without the ability to view or edit documents from any cloud service other than their own, they're making it harder - not easier - for users to get the most out of their software."

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