Microsoft Supersizes OneDrive for Business
OneDrive for Business users gets a big cloud storage upgrade as the company builds up its enterprise cloud services slate.Microsoft is signaling that it is serious about enterprise cloud storage by giving OneDrive for Business users a massive capacity upgrade. John Case, corporate vice president of marketing for the Microsoft Office Division, announced that his company "will be increasing OneDrive for Business storage from 25GB to 1TB per user" in a blog post. Subscriptions cost $5 per user per month and an added $0.20 for each additional gigabyte, but for a limited time Microsoft is offering the service for half off with an annual commitment. Case revealed that the perk is also being extended to select Office 365 customers. Those with Office 365 ProPlus plans "will get 1TB of OneDrive for Business storage per user as part of their Office 365 ProPlus subscription." Office 365 is Microsoft's cloud-enabled version of its productivity software suite for PCs, tablets and smartphones. Beyond a hefty amount of cloud storage, Case teased that Microsoft is preparing OneDrive for Business to serve as a feature-packed, social-savvy collaboration platform. The software giant's road map encompasses "Oslo and the Office Graph, new document conversations powered by Yammer, and more that will enable people to engage with their OneDrive for Business content in new and interesting ways," said Case.
The Oslo app surfaces the conversations, activities and Office 365 documents that bear the most relevance to a user's current projects and job functions. Its underlying Office Graph platform employs machine learning and tight software integration (SharePoint, Exchange, Lync, Yammer and Office) to serve up "really personalized and relevant views of their world," Julia White, general manager of Microsoft Office, told eWEEK during the technology's debut in early March.