Office 365 Subscriber? Your Terabyte of OneDrive Storage Awaits!

OneDrive 1TB with Office
OneDrive 1TB with Office

On July 16, Microsoft announced via their OneDrive Blog, that the increase in storage that they promised last month are now rolling out.

So, what changed? First of all, if you have OneDrive, your base storage goes up from 7GB to 15GB. You have OneDrive (formerly, SkyDrive) if you have a Microsoft account which you would have if you ever had a hotmail account or an account, a Zune subscription, an Xbox Live account, or if you have a Windows 8 PC and chose to sign in with a Microsoft account. So, Microsoft has effectively more than doubled the free storage that you get with your Microsoft account.

The bigger jump is for Office 365 subscribers. For Office 365 Personal, Home and University subscribers, the alloted storage (in addition to the 7GB free storage) was 20GB. This storage is now bumped up to 1TB. In addition, if you are an Office 365 Home subscriber, each user on the subscription (it could be up to 5 users) will get their storage bumped from 20GB to 1TB. That’s a pretty sweet upgrade.

Finally, if you want to purchase additional storage (regardless of whether you have the free OneDrive account or through Office 365 subscription), the plans are now more inexpensive than earlier. For example, a 100GB plan is now $1.99 per month instead of the earlier $7.49 per month.

So, what do you do with so much inexpensive or free/included storage? How about moving all your music there? I did that, and am pretty happy with it so far. OneDrive has excellent sync clients for Windows 7, Windows 8.x (where it is included in the base installation), Mac OS, iOS, Windows Phone, Android. These apps will allow you to access your files from virtually anywhere, and best of all, keep the dirty work of backing up your critical data out of your plate. Everything is in the cloud and synced to your devices so you don’t have to worry about losing your data. For your digital memories like photos, videos, music and documents, especially if you have Office 365, you won’t have to worry about backup at all. Not only will OneDrive provide you access to your files anywhere and anytime, it will also be a safe offsite copy of your data in case you lose your local disk for whatever reason.

One other note, Office 365’s business and enterprise editions have OneDrive for Business included and those plans’ subscribers also get 1TB storage. Although the two services OneDrive and OneDrive for Business are named similarly, they are not the same on the back end, although Microsoft has made 1TB available to all OneDrive customers, consumer or business. The OneDrive for Business storage upgrade has also started rolling out.

How do you plan to take advantage of the extra storage? My next move, given that I have an Office 365 Home subscription, is to move my photos and videos to OneDrive. It is a much bigger effort so it may take some time for me to plan it out and do it. Plus of course, I have to keep an eye on the bandwidth consumption since my ISP has a cap on how much I use every month. However, with my cloud storage being 1TB, I can now say that I have more storage in the cloud than on any of my PCs!


TheRomit tweet OneDrive
TheRomit tweet OneDrive

SugarSync Intros Unlimited Plan For Business

SugarSync Intros Unlimited Plan For Business

SugarSync has just introduced an unlimited storage plan for business users. The service will initally start as a 1TB plan, though subscribers can email support for additional storage anytime they need it. The account can be shared with three employees and more can be added when needed. SugarSync for business comes with a plethora of features geared specifically towards business users. Employees can collaborate on files and can install the SugarSync Outlook plugin to send all attachments via SugarSync. All files uploaded to SugarSync are protected by 128-bit AES encryption once uploaded and are secured with TLS (SSL 3.3) when being uploaded to SugarSync’s servers. 

SugarSync’s unlimited business plan isn’t cheap. Business users can expect to pay $55 per month or $550 per year for the service. A free trial is available via SugarSync’s website, so you can see what you’re buying into before paying.

If you’re unaware, SugarSync is a popular cloud storage service. The company has apps for all major smartphone OSes and even supports Symbian, Blackberry and Windows Phone. You can use SugarSync to backup your files, to share files and access files on the go. SugarSync is in the process of completely reworking its desktop and mobile apps, so it’ll be exciting to see where the service goes next.

Box Offering Free 50 GB Space for Android Users

Earlier this year, dished out 50GB of free space to users of , and as a promotional attempt at gaining more users. It looks like they are back again trying to gain users this time. For a limited time, is offering users 50GB of free space for logging in through an Android device.

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Venture Beat is reporting that Box is offering 50GB space free for lifetime for users who sign in (or sign up) to using a Android based device. To be eligible for the 50GB free space, download the Box app for Android and sign in or register for a new account. Once you have done that you should see a message saying:

You’ve been upgraded to a lifetime 50 GB account for cloud storage and sharing… Congratulations.

That’s it. You now have 50GB of free space to sync and store your files. Additionally, Box is also giving away 20 Android based tablets to a company who can tell a story on how Box is helping them improve their day to day experiences.

Box is one of the biggest players in the Cloud storage industry and will start to face competition from Microsoft who will be tightly integrating their cloud storage platform SkyDrive with and Google, who will also be launching their cloud storage platform Google Drive in a few months time.

If you are looking for more free , don’t forget to check out our earlier discussions about free cloud storage products which will allow you to sync and store files online.