Microsoft Floats More SkyDrive Pro Cloud Storage
As cloud rivals trot out new low-price plans, Microsoft offers SkyDrive Pro users more than triple the amount of default storage for their files.Office 365 users have a bigger cloud storage pool to wade in after Microsoft more than tripled the default allocation. Now, instead of 7GB of storage, SkyDrive Pro accounts are entitled to 25GB worth of space to store their documents and files. Mark Kashman and Tejas Mehta, both Microsoft SharePoint marketing senior product managers, broke down the impact of the change on businesses that have transitioned to Office 365. "With Office 365, you get 25 GB of SkyDrive Pro storage + 25 GB of email storage + 5 GB for each site mailbox you create + your total available tenant storage, which for every Office 365 business customer starts at 10 GB + (500 MB x # of user(s))," they wrote in a blog post. The increase does not apply to the SkyDrive service offered to Office 365 Home Premium subscribers. A supplied FAQ noted that the "Pro" in SkyDrive Pro "is based on SharePoint, enterprise-grade content management. Thus, this article does not apply to Office 365 Home Premium offering, which combines the latest Office applications with 20GB of SkyDrive storage." The upgrade benefits firms that routinely find themselves shuffling around big files. "If you and your company have growing storage needs across your various work streams and content types, we think you'll find Office 365 offers ample headroom on day one, at no additional cost," they said.
In addition, Microsoft has enabled new per-user storage options on SharePoint Online administration accounts.