Terabyte boost of OneDrive for Business starts

Microsoft begins putting additional storage in Office 365 users' accounts

Microsoft has begun rolling out the one terabyte of storage it promised to users of OneDrive for Business two months ago.

OneDrive for Business, previously called SkyDrive Pro, lets employees store, share and sync work documents. Most Office 365 subscription plans pitched to small-, mid- and large-sized business include the storage service. It can also be purchased as a stand-alone service for $2.50 per user per month during a promotion that's good through September.

In April, Microsoft announced it would boost the per-user storage allowance from 25GB to 1TB, and set the expansion's kickoff for July.

That roll-out has begun, Computerworld confirmed with employees of several firms that rely on Office 365. Those people said that checks of the storage space now allotted them showed 1,048,576 megabytes -- 1,024 squared -- or one terabyte in binary notation.

ZDNet blogger Ed Bott had reported on the OneDrive for Business expansion Thursday, and spelled out instructions for users who wanted to check whether their allowances had been boosted.

Microsoft has also pledged to increase the free storage allowance to 1TB for customers who subscribe to consumer or college student Office 365 plans. The consumer deals cost $79.99 to $99.99 annually, while Office 365 University runs $79.99 for four years.

OneDrive for consumer and student Office 365 customers is also to balloon this month. Checks with several consumers, however, as well as accounts held by Computerworld staffers, found that the OneDrive space expansion has not yet begun. According to a message on a Microsoft support forum, the additional storage will be added to all Office 365 OneDrive accounts in mid-July.

Microsoft has begun increasing the storage allowance of OneDrive for Business to one terabyte, making good on an April promise.

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