Microsoft debuts OneDrive for Business cloud storage

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Microsoft debuts OneDrive for Business cloud storage

Available as a standalone service from April.

Microsoft has formally taken the lid off its rebranded business cloud storage solution, promising improved functionality and greater ease of use.

The new OneDrive for Business is available with Microsoft Office 365 subscription plans, with standalone plans to be offered from April this year.

For individual users, Microsoft offers four tiers of OneDrive plans, starting at a free 7GB offering. Upgrading to 50GB costs US$25 a year, 100GB US$50 and 200GB is US$100.

From April this year, OneDrive for Business standalone plans in all licensing agreements and programs will be reduced by 50 percent, costing US$2.50 per user and month for 25GB storage.

Customers with Office with Software Assurance deals or Office 365 Professional Plus can get OneDrive for Business for US$1.50 per month and user.

The cloud storage product has clients for Microsoft operating systems including Windows 8.x and Windows Phone, and also Apple iOS and Google Android.

Source: Microsoft

OneDrive for Business was known as SkyDrive Pro until last year, when Microsoft lost the rights to use the Sky moniker after legal action by UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB forced it to rebrand.

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