Microsoft launches standalone OneDrive for Business cloud plans

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced a lot of free storage for consumers last week as SkyDrive transitioned to OneDrive. On Monday, Microsoft announced a new plan to entice business users.

OneDrive is a part of the Office 365 Suite and SharePoint Online. Starting April 1st, Microsoft will charge for OneDrive itself and bundle it with the free Office Online suite of web applications. Between April through September, Microsoft will charge $2.50 per user per month, which is a 50% discount.

Businesses that have an existing Software Advantage or Office 365 ProPlus agreement will be priced only $1.50 per user per month. Each employee will get 25GB of online OneDrive storage.

“Not only is OneDrive for Business a simple and intuitive file sync and storage solution for employees, it’s a trusted service that provides enterprise-grade content management, compliance, and administrative controls, and it is financially backed by the industry-leading Office 365 Service Level Agreement,” said Microsoft in a blog post.

This service seems to be a response to low-cost cloud storage services that are offered by rivals like Dropbox and Box.

Microsoft made several enhancements to the OneDrive interface. The most common tasks in OneDrive have been placed directly above the document folder, including new Office documents, file uploading, and offline syncing.

[Source: OneDrive Blog/PCW]

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