Microsoft rolls out 50GB mailboxes for Exchange Online, Office 365

Microsoft rolls out 50GB mailboxes for Exchange Online, Office 365

Summary: Microsoft doubles its cloud email storage capacity for users and streaks ahead of Google Apps.

TOPICS: Storage, Cloud, Microsoft

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After tripling file storage capacity on SkyDrive Pro this week, Microsoft has announced it's doubling the capacity of its cloud mailboxes elsewhere.

Inboxes for everyone using Exchange Online and Office 365 will be doubling from the current capacity of 25GB to 50GB over the next few months.

The new 50GB per user capacity is being gradually rolled out across the world from today through to November, and according to Microsoft, there will be no extra charge for the additional capacity.

Customers on Exchange Online Plan 1, Office 365 Small Business, Midsize Business, Enterprise E1, Government G1, and Education A1 should begin to see their maibox increase to 50GB.

Meanwhile, customers on premium plans will see their default primary mailbox increase to 50GB, although they already had unlimited email storage in their personal archives. Premium plans include Exchange Online Plan 2, Office 365 Enterprise E3 and E4, Government G3 and G4, Education A3 and A4.

Shared mailboxes are also expanding to 10GB, up from the previous 5GB, while Office 365 Kiosk mailboxes are increasing from 1GB to 2GB.

Earlier this week, Microsoft also bumped up file storage for Office 365 and SharePoint customers, raising the previous 7GB afforded through SkyDrive Pro to 25GB.

Microsoft's new storage limits put it some way ahead of Google Apps, which from May, offered customers a unified 30GB capacity across Drive and Gmail. 

Topics: Storage, Cloud, Microsoft

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  • Wonderful , Great !

    Bigger mailboxes so clueless users can stuff it full.

    Mind you on the other hand it does make the NSA's job easier as they will have a much more complete archive to reference.
    Alan Smithie
    • what email would you suggest?

      Just wondering what email service you think won't give away data to the NDA. We know the answer isn't GMail, they do the same thing.
      Michael Alan Goff
      • Re: what email would you suggest?

        My recommendation would always be: run your own.

        If you won't, for some reason, then you need to accept your e-mail is not private.
        • Running my own email

          Never thought about it, probably won't bother.
          Michael Alan Goff
  • What About SkyDrive?

    Still hoping that some of that spirit of competition will trickle down to the benefit of us personal (non-business) SkyDrive users! 7GB isn't much at all this day and age -- esp. when the deal back then was free 25GB!

    I had a free 25GB SkyDrive account once -- but somehow lost it when I tried to switch from hotmail to outlook and botched the process... somehow. Sigh...
  • Hipaa compliance

    As of right now, they are the cheapest option we have for privacy compliance, they sign a business agreement, and data is encrypted, at rest, and in transit. I asked google to sign one but they refused saying they don't sign such agreements. If their google apps values privacy and encourages you to store sensitive data, why won't they sign the agreement? Very frustrating to change platforms.