Microsoft boosts per file upload limit for SharePoint Online to 2GB

Last week, Microsoft announced SharePoint Online admins, while using Office 365, could increase the default cloud storage space for SkyDrive Pro to as much as 100 GB. This week, the company revealed even more improvements to SharePoint Online that will be rolled out over the coming weeks.

In a post on the official Office blog, Microsoft said it has increased the per file upload limit from 250MB to 2GB in SharePoint Online. Users will also be able to upload more than one file at a time and more file types are now supported, including .exe and .dll files. Microsoft says:

For SharePoint Online, our telemetry shows that customers want to store these files in the cloud along with their other content. This change will eliminate a number of sync failures customers have seen due to unsupported file types.

Office 365 Enterprise customers have previously had a limit of 3,000 site collections per tenant; "site collections" are groups of organized websites, by the way. This week, Microsoft said those customers will soon see that limit increased to 10,000 site collections from within their SharePoint Online Admin center. The relationship threshold of list lookups will also go up from 8 to 12 relations.

Finally, SharePoint Online users will see an increase in the amount of time files will stay in all available recycle bins. Previously, files stuck around for just 30 days before they were deleted forever. Now, the recycle bin file time has been extended to 90 days.

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I wonder when they will allow currently restricted characters to be in file names such as & and +. I know this is a SP limitation but it's a pain to have a long list of files that can't be uploaded to SkyDrive Pro because their filename contains these characters.

RandyC said,
I know this is a SP limitation

Can't comment on Sharepoint specifically but it's generally a bad idea to use an ampersand and a few other special characters in a file name regardless, most OS's, web servers, etc will misinterpret them as a pipe, a special OS feature, file operation etc unless enclosed/escaped properly and generally cause a lot more problems than it's worth.

I know the reasons why they are restricted chars but try telling that to regular users who are used to naming files whatever they please. If Windows allows filenames that contain those characters then so should SP/Skydrive Pro IMHO.

RandyC said,
If Windows allows filenames that contain those characters then so should SP/Skydrive Pro IMHO.

I understand your point but don't forget this is SharePoint Online, it's not just working with Windows but also other OS's with different file systems that may or may not allow these characters, plus you got WebDav, etc. In Windows I'm also allowed to use the upper ASCII character set in a file name ("ANSI graphic" characters), etc, doesn't play nicely in other OS's, doable but a hassle. It's just safer across the board to follow general file name guidelines.