Microsoft OneDrive for Business now offers 1 terabyte of cloud storage per user

Microsoft OneDrive for Business now offers 1 terabyte of cloud storage per user

Summary: Microsoft is sweetening its OneDrive for Business offering to win business users who might be using Box/Dropbox for cloud storage.

TOPICS: Storage, Cloud, Microsoft

The Microsoft OneDrive for Business team is adding additional incentives meant to attract business users to its cloud-storage offering.


In an April 28 post entitled "Thinking outside the box," (which seems to be a reference to Microsoft competitors Box and/or Dropbox), the OneDrive for Business team announced the following:

  • An increase in OneDrive for Business default storage from 25GB to 1TB per user
  • The inclusion of 1TB of OneDrive for Business storage per user as part of Office 365 ProPlus subscriptions
  • New OneDrive for Business migration assistance from Microsoft (The blog post didn't elaborate on specifically what Microsoft is offering on this front. But a spokesperson said those interested should contact their Microsoft account managers or partner for details.)

In March 2014, Microsoft officials announced that OneDrive for Business (formerly known as SkyDrive Pro) would be available both as part of a number of existing Office 365 plans, as well as for purchase as a standalone service -- something that wasn't the case with SkyDrive Pro. The standalone version provided business users with 25 GB of storage per employee, with an option to purchase additional storage, offline sync and access from multiple devices. Now that default storage threshold is 1 TB.

Microsoft officials announced during earnings last week that Office 365 is currently on a $2.5 billion annual run rate.

"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," said Corporate Vice President John Case in the conclusion of today's blog post.

Update: Just to make it perfectly clear, it's not just the standalone and Professional Plus versions that are getting the upgrade to 1TB. A Microsoft spokesperson sent me this statement:

All Office 365 plans that include OneDrive for Business will see the increase to 1 TB. This includes:

  • All O365 E plans (E1, E3, E4)
  • O365 Small Business
  • O365 Small Business Premium
  • O365 Midsize Business
  • All SharePoint Online plans (SharePoint Online Plan 1 & Plan 2)
  • OneDrive for Business (standalone) with Office Online

Update (April 30): Some of Microsoft's Office 365 for Education plans are getting the 1TB, as well. Those with A2 and A3 plans qualify.

As to when new and existing customers will see the 1TB bump, a Microsoft spokesperson said: "Customer eligibility is effective today, but as with service updates roll-out of these features will happen over the next few months."

Topics: Storage, Cloud, Microsoft


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Well you want see Non-US companies taking the offer...

    The US Government seems to think it has the god given right to foreign data held outside the US, well after Snowden that will certainly kill business for US cloud companies.
    • Many US Enterprises don't want

      their data store outside the US, guess what, Microsoft signed an agreement that our Office 365 data won't be stored in some server in a foreign country. This was something that scroogle wouldn't agree to.
      • Mary Jo {{QUESTION}}

        Isn't there a 20,000 object limit in MS's cloud offerings for accounts? Wouldn't that cancel out any benefit of having 1 TB of space? 20,000 files is actually not a lot, especially if you're using it to sync something like websites/design files/etc. which can easily have hundreds/thousands of files per project?
    • MS Has Data Centers All Over The World

      And I believe an enterprise has some say in what country their data is stored. I don't know that any other "cloud" provider does that.

      Note: I could be wrong on this completely, but I seams like I read this somewhere.
      • You choose

        When you create an Office365 account, you declare the region in which you want your account created. This allows companies to ensure that, for example, customer data doesn't leak across national boundaries.
  • Are you sure?

    Maybe you want your cloud storage located in North Korea. There are so few places in the world that have the level of privacy you want it makes no difference.

    Also, what does your comment really have to do with this article?
    • Exactly

      PJC totally out of context
  • Great!

    "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"

    ...Glad to know I can feel secure with the company who has been vigilant to protect the files I used as a part of Windows Live Mesh! Oh, wait...

    Sorry, but putting a terabyte of files in Skydrive is just asking to lose a terabyte of data when Microsoft feels like it.

    • Please cite precedence

      ...where user-data has been lost due to an MSFT screw-up, actually ever. Nice to see how people can twist good news into it being bad somehow when it's Microsoft we're talking about.
      • Trollism

        Trollism is a lot like racism. Obama said it best recently. "When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk."
        • Bet you didn't know that Obama was talking about himself when he said that.

          Obama is the most ignorant "leader" that ever held office in the U.S., at any level. Just listen to him talk.
          • Ignorant...

            For sure... any ignorant person can easily graduate from Harvard Law School with honors, and then become a university professor teaching constitutional law classes.

            It's easy. Heck, my ignorant garbage man could even do that... if he really wanted.
          • Ignorant is right, and you demonstrate to be as ignorant as Obama

            and all of the simple-minded zombies that believe anything about Obama's credentials.

            Everything about Obama is questionable, including his education, at Harvard or anyplace else.

            Obama was groomed from early life, and his whole professional life is a farce, from his "community organizing time", to his Illinois senate time, to his U.S. Senate period, and even into the presidency. Obama is a plant, and one who was carried to the end by handlers, and Obama proves it with his ignorance about U.S. history and even about U.S. culture. He is the one with the "57 states" remarks, and he is the one with the "corpse" remarks, he is the one who needs to have everything written down for him before he reads it from a teleprompter; heck, even his press conferences are rehearsed, for fear he'll make a fool of himself if he is allowed to speak without preparation and without knowing what the questions are beforehand. Even his remarks to a class of elementary school students, was read from a teleprompter.

            If you asked him when the war of 1812 occurred, he'd likely not be able to answer it without consulting one of his advisers.

            Obama is a complete phony, and one that could easily be called the "Manchurian Candidate". He's as American as his Kenyan father. Mostly, he's as phony as a $3 bill.

            "As Election Day rapidly approaches, many Americans are wondering why so many of their countrymen reject a genuine war hero with decades of experience, one whose pro-life, limited-government values pretty much reflect those of Middle America. Instead, these same countrymen are enthralled with a man who not only has no experience or qualifications for the job, but who is, in fact, the most radically left-wing major-party presidential candidate of our lifetime, having been mentored and supported for decades by terrorists (Ayers), communists (Davis), America-hating racists (Wright) and criminals (Rezko).

            Doesn’t make much sense, does it?"

  • The cloud is here to stay

    And growing.
    • Clouds do turn to rain, and everything dissipates.

      We're are in a "cloud" era, but, I still don't trust those we "entrust" with our data.

      I'm especially leery of who has access to that data, especially governments at all levels, and everywhere.

      I don't put anything in the "cloud" that I care about.
      • dua?

        I mean, crap happens. Files occasionally sync incorrectly, internet can go down from time to time, data on servers can be mined, there is a whole host of issues that happen. But there are a few things to keep in mind:
        1) the largest single security breach is still email, and yet we do not see many companies filtering outbound email, and only implementing the most basic level of inbound filtering for fear of filtering out legitimate business. If you have email, then you have a direct line towards any information that any good social engineer could possibly want.
        2) If someone is going to gather dirt on a business then it is almost always going to be a disgruntled employee, not a customer, service provider, or government organization. Preventing cloud usage does not protect you from this.
        3) Cloud services are popular for a reason. Sure, it is not appropriate for everything, but it is reasonably secure enough for most things, and it makes it much easier to get at information for those who leave the office on occasion, but still need up-to-date information, or collaborate on projects with others.
        4) You do not have to put anything on the cloud for your information to be on the cloud. If you do business with another company, there is a good chance that they use Salesforce... which means your information in dealing with that company is on the cloud. If you send an email... it is on the cloud. If you use a credit card or a bank account then all of your transaction histories and bank numbers are on the cloud. If you use financial software like quickbooks or quicken, then unless you specifically disable some core features then that information is on the cloud. If you use Google (or any other major search engine), then that whole history exists on the cloud. Fact of the matter is that most of your important information is already in someone's cloud, even if it is not one that you use personally. Your worry should not be about protecting yourself from the cloud, it should be having proper redundancy for those times when a cloud goes down for one reason or another so that you do not have to close up shop any time the internet goes out.
        • You didn't need to explain what cloud services are about; the problems

          still persist, and those problems are what keeps a lot of people fearful, including me. My information, personal and professional, is something which I cherish, and which I don't want to share with the people who have access to it, and I don't even know who they are.

          I have my own "cloud", and I'll keep my cloud on my desktop and laptop. My cloud is called a disk drive, with support from flash-drives. Sure, I could lose a flash drive or it could become damaged, but, I also back up my own data, and my important data/information, is also backed up. I can do it all with my own "home cloud". If I need to keep files in the external cloud systems, they will be of the least important variety, or absolutely necessary when needing to share; otherwise, my cloud data will consist of unimportant e-mail that MS or Yahoo manage for me.
          • Really?

            And you don't keep money in the bank, for the same reason? Your own pocket is the safest place?
          • Your strawman argument won't win the debate for you..

            and what does money in the bank have to do with the discussion?

            Fact is that, when it comes to banking, there are people trying to steal it from people all the time, and even I was a victim of an attempted theft from my bank accounts. I have a home equity credit line, and 4 years ago, someone tried to take $42,000 from it, but was caught in time by my bank.

            So, no!, I don't even trust the banking system, but, as long as fraud protection is available, I'll use it to try to keep my money safe.

            But, the banking system is not as badly safeguarded as the cloud data.

            So, YES!!!, money in my pocket is safer than at the bank, but then, I don't carry that much with me anyway, so, it I lose it, I just "move on" with my life; if my data and ID can be stolen and used, then it could have bigger repercussions than just losing $5 or $10 from my pocket.
          • RIIIGHT

            Because a hard drive on your desk at home is FARRRR safer than data stored on a security certified data center. Right? Riiight.