Just a month ago, we were oohing and aahing over the increasing amount of data storage being included in the subscription prices of the leading cloud storage companies. “Wow, Microsoft’s OneDrive offers a Terabyte storage for for a promotional price of $2.50 per month” we were exclaiming.
Now, a month later, a Terabyte of storage seems so, well, last month. Why? Microsoft on Monday announced that it is rolling out unlimited storage for its Office 365 Home, Personal, and University customers. Office 365 Business customers will start receiving the unlimited storage in 2015.*
(Note: Depending on the services included, the price per month/per user can vary. The Office 365 for Business product page describes the various plans.The plan that features unlimited data storage is $10 per month.)
Google has also dropped the storage limit on its competing product, Google Apps for Work, for companies with over five accounts. (As with Office365, Google Apps for Work comes in different flavors. The plan that features unlimited data storage is $10 per month.)
(This may be a bit confusing to some as Google and Microsoft aren’t always helpful in the way they brand their products: Microsoft’s OneDrive is a part of its “suite” of web applications called Office365. Google Drive is a part of its “suite” of web applications called Google Apps. Both Google and Microsoft have changed the names of their products in the past.)
Other Office365 announcements
In other announcements, Microsoft released development software that will allow developers of mobile apps for the Android and iOS platforms to easily integrate their apps with Office365 mobile versions. Along with announcements regarding new tools for corporate IT departments to manage Office365 apps on large-scale corporate installations of iOS and Android devices, it is clear Microsoft is doing all it can to defend its dominance in the enterprise market for the suite of programs called “business productivity software” (documents, spreadsheet, presentation, email, calendar, conferencing, contacts, file storage) even though it has lost the chance of having its mobile operating system be competitive with iOS and Android for the foreseeable future.
*If you are a Home, Personal or University customers, you can get at the front of the line for the new unlimited storage feature by visiting the preview page.