Microsoft to make OneDrive for Business available as a standalone cloud-storage service

Microsoft to make OneDrive for Business available as a standalone cloud-storage service

Summary: Microsoft's renamed cloud storage for business offering, OneDrive for Business, will be available for purchase starting April 1 and available as a standalone offering for the first time.


A month after going public with details about its renamed and updated consumer OneDrive cloud-storage service, Microsoft is providing new pricing and licensing details about its business complement, OneDrive for Business.


Formerly known as SkyDrive Pro, the new OneDrive for Business service provides file sync, share, collaboration and storage. Microsoft announced the new pricing and licensing details for OneDrive for Business during the company's SharePoint 2014 conference on March 3.

OneDrive for Business will continue to 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. Starting April 1, 2014, OneDrive for Business (which includes support for the free Office Online apps) will be available for purchases. The standalone version will provide business users with 25 GB of storage per employee, with an option to purchase additional storage, offline sync and access from multiple devices.

Microsoft is offering OneDrive for Business for a limited time (April 1 through September 2014) at a $2.50 per user per month for all licensing agreements and programs. That's a 50 percent discount from the regular price. For customers with Office with Software Assurance or who have the high-end Office 365 ProPlus version, Microsoft is offering the standalone OneDrive for Business for $1.50 per user per month under its Open, Enterprise Agreement and new Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA) volume plans.

Existing Office 365 SkyDrive Pro users don't have to do anything to get OneDrive for Business; the new name and capabilities will be provided automatically. Those using SharePoint Server 2013 on-premises can download the recently released SharePoint 2013 Service Pack 1 to simplify the configuration and integration with OneDrive for Business.

Microsoft officials commited to providing more new capabilities for OneDrive for Business throughout calendar 2014, including advanced auditing and reporting features; encryption at rest; data loss prevention (DLP); extensibility improvements; even higher storage limits, and more.

Topics: Cloud, Collaboration, Enterprise Software, Microsoft, Storage, IT Policies


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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  • I Like Microsoft...

    I've used Microsoft for my business for a long time. It's all over my office, the computers and the software and everything. But when it came to the cloud, this is where I've been disappointed. I've been using DriveHQ for a long time since A) I'm never going to use Apple anything (iCloud stinks anyway) and B) Microsoft cloud has been almost exclusively geared towards consumer use. Admittedly I don't have much use for that since I focus most of my time and efforts on my business. I think I may give it a try, but I just don't know if it's going to be better than DriveHQ. I've been with them for so long, and I just don't know if Microsoft is going to be able to match the product if they're just now making an available service for business. However, as I said, I love Microsoft...perhaps you could write another article, a review of your experience using it? If it's as good as their other services I'd be thrilled to switch, it's just in this economy I don't want to slow myself down and risk losing business by switching and having to readjust to a new cloud, especially if it's not as good...





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  • Now, who is this targeting?

    For this Stand Alone. It's a little left field, right? My guess is that a small business might bite. They likely use DropBox right now, and probably hate how DropBox makes you pay for other people's storage! (You know what I mean? When someone shares a folder with you it reduces your own capacity?! Seems evil to me.) OneDrive doesn't do that.

    At this price, a small business with 10 employees gets 25GB of storage (more than a single employee of a small business is likely to ever use) and the web-based Office suite (Word, Excel, OneNote) for $25 a month. That's cheaper than screwing around with a file server. Plus you get the versioning and restore features of SkyDrive.

    So, my guess is that for small businesses this is a stepping stone toward Office 365. Still not 100% sure why you would not want the email part of Office 365, but at least there are options, I guess. I still have friends hosting an Exchange server and I say to them, "you're stupid" and I don't feel bad about it one bit. Office 365 is a slam dunk.

    This, by the way, is a good story to explain why Microsoft's stock is doing so well. It's not because Microsoft is the first-to-market. There are very few examples of that - though SkyDrive predates most storage companies. It's more because Microsoft is the inevitable-to-market (just coined that).

    Anyway, Microsoft just keeps moving in further and further until they become the no-brainer choice. Other "early to market" competitors pay the dumb tax for them. And Microsoft stock continues to reflect what's obvious. Microsoft can pivot, though sometimes slowly, and once they turn towards a market they tend to win - at least a few billion dollars worth of it.
  • Changing names

    I think that Microsoft changed the name of its services several times in the past few years. Once I read on Start2Cloud portal some article about comparison Office 365 with other Cloud Services and well... Microsoft or Goole are not the only ones which are offering quite good Office tools
  • there are other good options....

    Nothing agains OneDrive, and I fact I use it for some things. But there are other good options that give you significant free storage, and are reliable.

    My favorite is

    They are part of Barracuda Networks, the web security company, and they give you upgrades freely. They also share the storage "charge" between all those who share the data.
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      They give you 15GB free to start....