OneDrive for business announced, ready to do battle with Dropbox and Box

Microsoft recently launched OneDrive. It was a rebranding of SkyDrive that also introduced new features to the cloud-storage platform. OneDrive is mostly aimed at consumers, which is why today Microsoft announced OneDrive for Business and announced a plan that helps that battle companies like Box and Dropbox one-on-one.

Just like OneDrive came from SkyDrive, OneDrive for Business comes from the ashes of SkyDrive Pro. OneDrive for Business allows Microsoft to target business with features that appeal to them. New features were announced today. The biggest change to OneDrive for Business is that it will now be offered as a standalone business plan. That move will help OneDrive compete against companies like Dropbox and Box. 

Before, you needed to get SkyDrive Pro as part of a business plan in the Office 365 suite. Now you and your company can get just OneDrive for Business. This allows companies to easily get into the cloud-storage game without buying the entire Office3 365 product.

Other new features in OneDrive for Business include a new user experience to access, find, and manage work files easier. If you’re an on premise SharePoint customer you can also configure OneDrive for Business with just a few clicks.

Here are the features OneDrive for Business is rolling out to make managing files easier. There are now simple controls above the personal document folder that correspond to your common tasks. Site folders have been introduced to take you directly to document libraries of sites you follow. Search has also been improved with features like type-ahead and more.

Microsoft also promises more features coming to OneDrive for Business coming soon. 

Interested in getting your business on OneDrive for Business without Office 365? There’s a promotional pricing of $2.50 per user per month that begins in April and runs through September.

Anyone looking forward to OneDrive for Business?

Source: OneDrive Blog

Sam Sabri