Microsoft increases SkyDrive Pro storage to 25 GB for Office 365 business users

If you have a business subscription to Office 365, you can now store a lot more files and folders on SkyDrive Pro for free. Microsoft has just announced that Office 365 business users now have up to 25 GB of free space in the default version of SkyDrive Pro, up from the previous limit of 7 GB. In addition, the upper size limit per file has been increased to 2 GB and the default recycle bin retention time period has expanded from 30 days to 90 days.

In a post on the Office 365 blog, Microsoft states that SharePoint Online admins can now increase the default cloud space for users of SkyDrive Pro from 25 GB to 50 GB and 100 GB, and those same admins can adjust the storage space for up to 25 Office 365 users at once. Microsoft also stated that "we're enabling versioning by default on newly provisioned SkyDrive Pro libraries, which saves the last ten versions, so you never lose an important document."

We did ask Microsoft if they were also planning to increase the free default storage space for SkyDrive's consumer users, but we were told by a spokesperson via email that this change is just for SkyDrive Pro users. In other words, everyone else will still have to stick with the current free default of 7 GB.

Finally, SkyDrive Pro has a new feature called Shared with Me, which is supposed to allow people to quickly find any files or folders that have been shared by others, even if they reside in another person's SkyDrive Pro account.

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They could capture so much more of the market by offering serious increased to storage across the board. too afraid of hurting current business models to do something meaningful.

I could have sworn I always had 25 GBs. When I bought my Office 356 Enterprise subscription last year, it was 25, maybe 50 GBs but since the upgrade to the new SharePoint, I can't see what I have.

briangw said,
I could have sworn I always had 25 GBs. When I bought my Office 356 Enterprise subscription last year, it was 25, maybe 50 GBs but since the upgrade to the new SharePoint, I can't see what I have.
You may be thinking of the 25gb they gave you for your Exchange mailbox.

For the people and the complaints about SkyDrive being free and now paid:

They're talking about SkyDrive PRO. It's a different service and it's based on SharePoint and included on Office 365...

SkyDrive standard is still the same, even the additional space for THAT SkyDrive Standard.

Cheers.

Yea but if you caught the grandfather promo they allowed you to "upgrade" to the 25GB plan and keep it free for life.

http://db.tt/XYMpoVsw

In addition I got Office 365 sub so it gives another 20GB of storage for 45GB total.

As you can see I don't use it much... Might move it over if they don't have a size limit.

blade1269 said,
So basically, as it was years ago for free? Now you have to pay for 365....Sad...

It's never been 25GB for free. There was an offer for early adopters but that's it.

MikeChipshop said,

It's never been 25GB for free. There was an offer for early adopters but that's it.

It was 25GB for free originally then if you signed up before a certain date you were given the option to upgrade back to the 25GB limit for free.

shinji257 said,

It was 25GB for free originally then if you signed up before a certain date you were given the option to upgrade back to the 25GB limit for free.

As a product, it was never 25GB. As a trial and beta it was. You can't judge a product on what it was before it was released.

anothercookie said,
It was 25 GB free for everyone before they released outlook.com the file size limit was pretty small though think 100 MB

This is the key, originally it was 25GB free for people but they had small file size limits, now the limits are gone, iirc, maybe 2GB is the new max per file? They also added payed options up to 100GB and so on. I got my 25GB still though because I've been using the service from the start and was grandfathered in.

anothercookie said,
It was 25 GB free for everyone before they released outlook.com the file size limit was pretty small though think 100 MB


plus the quality of service and features is much better now.

blade1269 said,
So basically, as it was years ago for free? Now you have to pay for 365....Sad...
Said someone who doesn't know the difference between consumer free Skydrive and Paid Business Skydrive with SLA's etc.

MikeChipshop said,

As a product, it was never 25GB. As a trial and beta it was. You can't judge a product on what it was before it was released.

Skydrive wasn't a trial or in beta when they was giving 25gbs. They changed it when they released outlook.com. Everyone that had a hotmail acct had 25 GBs before it they even talked about outlook.com.

stm24 said,

Skydrive wasn't a trial or in beta when they was giving 25gbs. They changed it when they released outlook.com. Everyone that had a hotmail acct had 25 GBs before it they even talked about outlook.com.

My apologies then. I appear to be remembering stuff that never actually happened. It's not the first time! haha