SharePoint Online Makes Room for Bigger Files
In the wake of brisk Office 365 adoption, Microsoft's cloud-based collaboration platform now supports file uploads of up to 2GB, more file types and a recycle bin that holds on to deleted files a little longer.Following SkyDrive Pro's recent capacity upgrades, Microsoft is taking aim at SharePoint Online with enhancements that make it more accommodating of large files. Mark Kashman, a senior product manager for SharePoint Marketing, announced in a Sept.5 blog post that due to Office 365's surging popularity and increased usage, the company is loosening some restrictions on SharePoint Online, Microsoft's cloud-based collaboration platform. "Users are uploading more documents to SkyDrive Pro, teams are building numerous team sites to work with internal teams, as well as with external customers and partners, and companies are establishing their corporate intranet sites," he wrote. Facing increased competition from cloud storage providers like Box, Microsoft more than tripled the amount of storage capacity of SkyDrive Pro accounts—from 7GB to 25GB. By purchasing additional storage, at a cost of 20 cents per GB per month, administrators can extend each user's storage pool beyond the default 25GB limit to 50GB or 100GB. Accordingly, Microsoft tweaked SharePoint Online to help customers make better use of their newly expanded cloud storage resources. The per-file upload limit has been increased from 250MB to 2GB and supports multiple uploads via drag-and-drop.
"Users will now be able to upload and share larger files like CAD drawings, video files, larger project documents and more—both to their personal SkyDrive Pro and to team site document libraries," noted Kashman. Site collection limits have been increased from 3,000 to 10,000, and list lookups have been increased from 8 to 12 relationships, allowing for more expansive and sophisticated custom solution sites.