Microsoft is adding more storage for its Office 365 and SharePoint customers to use with SkyDrive Pro.
SkyDrive Pro, despite its name, is not a variant of SkyDrive. It is designed for business file storage — either in the cloud (SharePoint Online) or on SharePoint 2013 servers — which users can access from a variety of devices.
Microsoft announced updates to its SkyDrive Pro capabilities on August 27 via a new post to the Office 365 technology blog. The changes:
- Each user now gets 25 GB of SkyDrive Pro storage space (up from 7 GB). This is for both new and existing customers.
- Customers can increase SkyDrive Pro storage quotas for individual users beyond the default 25 GB, to up to 50 GB and 100 GB.
- With the new “Shared with Me” view, users can more easily find documents others have shared with them.
Other features called out in today’s post: An increase in the overall file upload limit in SharePoint Online to 2 GB/file; default recycle-bin retention to 90 days (up from 30); and versioning enabled by default, so the last 10 versions of a document are saved, to prevent inadvertent document deletion or loss.
Microsoft recently decided against fighting Sky Broadcasting Group for the SkyDrive name and officials promised to come up with a new name for SkyDrive. Even though Windows 8.1 was released to manufacturing, there’s still no new name announced for SkyDrive yet.