Microsoft ups storage limits for SkyDrive Pro

SharePoint and Office 365 users now get more storage with their SkyDrive Pro, the company's cloud storage product for businesses.

Microsoft is adding more storage for its Office 365 and SharePoint customers to use with SkyDrive Pro.

SkyDrive Pro, despite its name, is not a variant of SkyDrive. It is designed for business file storage -- either in the cloud (SharePoint Online) or on SharePoint 2013 servers -- which users can access from a variety of devices.

Microsoft announced updates to its SkyDrive Pro capabilities on Tuesday via a new post to the Office 365 technology blog. The changes:

  • Each user now gets 25 GB of SkyDrive Pro storage space (up from 7 GB). This is for both new and existing customers.
  • Customers can increase SkyDrive Pro storage quotas for individual users beyond the default 25 GB, to up to 50 GB and 100 GB.
  • With the new  "Shared with Me" view, users can more easily find documents others have shared with them.

Other features called out in today's post: An increase in the overall file upload limit in SharePoint Online to 2 GB/file; default recycle-bin retention to 90 days (up from 30); and versioning enabled by default, so the last 10 versions of a document are saved, to prevent inadvertent document deletion or loss.

Microsoft recently decided against fighting Sky Broadcasting Group for the SkyDrive name and officials promised to come up with a new name for SkyDrive. Even though Windows 8.1 was released to manufacturing, there's still no new name announced for SkyDrive yet.

This story originally appeared as "SkyDrive Pro: No new name (yet) but now with more storage" on ZDNet.

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    Mary Jo Foley has been a tech journalist for almost 30 years. She is editor of ZDNet's "All About Microsoft" blog. She authored "Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft Plans to Stay Relevant in the Post-Gates Era" and co-hosts the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT Network.

     

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