As you know by know, I am a huge fan of Cloud storage. Having all of my documents synced to the Cloud gives me peace of mind. And having all of my data sync instantly across all of my devices and computers makes working a peace of cake. No matter where I am and no matter which device I am using if the need arises I can get to an important document without an issue. I have tried just about every popular Cloud storage out there. They all do work well. So when it comes to choosing the right Cloud Storage it comes down to space, compatibility, and ease of accessibility.
And now Microsoft has set the bar high with recent improvements to OneDrive. Earlier this week Microsoft announced significant increases to the current quotas for all users of OneDrive:
1. OneDrive Users will now get 15 GB of space FREE (increased from 7 GB)
According to Microsoft most users have less than 15 GB of data stored on their personal computer. Now this may not be true of all users (like me), however it takes care of the majority. For others who need more space they have lowered storage prices. The new monthly prices will be $1.99 for 100 GB (previously $7.49) and $3.99 for 200 GB (previously $11.49).
2. Office 365 Subscribers will now get 1 TB of OneDrive storage (increased from 20 GB)
This is huge! If you are an Office 365 subscriber you will enjoy an enormous amount of included storage. All Office 365 subscribers will now get 1 TB of storage per user. This is a great deal no matter which plan you subscribe to.
If you have not yet switched to Cloud storage you should do so immediately. Why? Because losing your data is no fun. Trust me I know. And we all know that computers are unpredictable. You should make sure that your data is protected no matter what.
Benefits of OneDrive
- Works across all mobile platforms: There are clients available for Windows Phone, iOS, and Android.
- Works on PC and Mac: Access your files on your PC or your Mac with ease.
- Works with XBox: Imagine showing photos stored in your OneDrive account on your television via your XBox.
- More FREE storage space than other Cloud providers.
- Great collaborative tools when paired with Office 365.
Using OneDrive with Office 365
If you are a Microsoft Office user, storing your documents on OneDrive ensures that you will always have them at your fingertips. You can edit documents, collaborate, and share from multiple devices. And with the recent release of Office apps for iPad you can get work done on the go. There is no longer a reason to convert, save, and transfer your PowerPoint files to make them compatible with your iPad. Just download the full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote from the App Store.
There are 3 subscription options available for Office 365. (Click here for business plans.)
As a small business owner, I rely heavily on my Cloud storage to keep important files backed up and on hand. And now with this increased storage it will benefit me even more. I will not have to pick and choose which files are important enough to be in the Cloud. As an Office 365 user my 1 TB will be more than enough space to keep everything that I need backed up.
How Do You Use Your Cloud Storage?
Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Microsoft Office. All opinions are my own.