Unlimited OneDrive storage coming soon to Office 365 Enterprise plans at the end of December

Some OneDrive Enterprise, Government, and Education customers will soon be able to take advantage of unlimited storage. Beginning at the end of December, Microsoft will roll out unlimited storage to organizations of more than five people with the following Office 365 plans:

  • Office 365 Enterprise E3, E4 and E5
  • Office 365 Government E3, E4 and E5
  • Office 365 Education
  • OneDrive for Business Plan 2 and SharePoint Online Plan 2

This rollout will begin with an automatic increase in storage from 1TB to 5TB of storage per user. Microsoft expects the rollout to be done by the end of March 2016. Customers on other Enterprise, Business, and other plans will still get 1TB per user.

Microsoft originally offered unlimited storage options for personal users, but eliminated it earlier this year after some accounts were found to be abusing the system, taking up as much as 75TB of space. The company also reduced the amount of free storage they offered. Following user outcry, Microsoft is allowing users to retain up to 15GB of free storage if they opt-in by January 31, 2015.

Microsoft has also offered an update on its Next Generation Sync Client for Windows and Mac, which is now out of preview and ready for deployment. The client gives organizations and users with OneDrive for Business more control over syncing files. Microsoft has added support for files up to 10GB in size, removed the 20,000-file sync limit, and added selective sync. The Windows client is available now, while the Mac version is coming by the end of this month.

Source: Microsoft

Joseph Keller