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  1.    27 Oct 2014 #1
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    OneDrive delivers unlimited cloud storage to Office 365


    Today, storage limits just became a thing of the past with Office 365. Moving forward, all Office 365 customers will get unlimited OneDrive storage at no additional cost. We’ve started rolling this out today to Office 365 Home, Personal, and University customers. The roll out will continue over the coming months, so if you want to be one of the very first to get more storage, go here to put yourself at the front of the line. In the meantime, you can take advantage of the massive capacity you have today by activating the auto upload feature for your camera roll on your phone.



    Unlimited OneDrive storage and Office from $6.99/month

    For OneDrive for Business customers, unlimited storage will be listed on the Office 365 roadmap in the coming days and we will begin updating the First Release customers in 2015, aligned with our promise to provide ample notification for significant service changes. In the meantime, get started using your 1 TB of storage today by backing up all those work files kicking around on your PC – with the knowledge that even more storage is on its way!

    While unlimited storage is another important milestone for OneDrive we believe the true value of cloud storage is only realized when it is tightly integrated with the tools people use to communicate, create, and collaborate, both personally and professionally. That is why unlimited storage is just one small part of our broader promise to deliver a single experience across work and life that helps people store, sync, share, and collaborate on all the files that are important to them, all while meeting the security and compliance needs of even the most stringent organizations.

    We’re thrilled to continue our quest of making OneDrive the world’s cloud storage leader – and, always a key part of the best productivity service with Office 365. We’re all in! Stay tuned for more exciting announcements over the coming months.

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    Chris Jones, corporate vice president, OneDrive & SharePoint
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  2.    27 Oct 2014 #2
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    Is there some type of new storage technology now available?

    This will eventually add up to a vast amount of cloud storage.
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  3.    27 Oct 2014 #3

    I suspect that they figure almost no one will use even the 1Tb and that this is a marketing gimmick.

    Will be interesting to see how it all works out.
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  4.    27 Oct 2014 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by lparsons21 View Post
    I suspect that they figure almost no one will use even the 1Tb and that this is a marketing gimmick.

    Will be interesting to see how it all works out.
    You bet it is a marketing gimmick at net upload speeds ( mine is 12mbs) it would take over 200 hours to upload 1 Tb.
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  5.    27 Oct 2014 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by labeeman View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by lparsons21 View Post
    I suspect that they figure almost no one will use even the 1Tb and that this is a marketing gimmick.

    Will be interesting to see how it all works out.
    You bet it is a marketing gimmick at net upload speeds ( mine is 12mbs) it would take over 200 hours to upload 1 Tb.
    My thoughts exactly...
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  6.    27 Oct 2014 #6

    Pretty good one too, imp.
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  7.    28 Oct 2014 #7

    I have had Office 365 for over a year now and I only use about 3.5GB.

    At first I thought WOW sweet, but in reality, I am forever waiting for it to finish it checks every time I reboot. It usually takes about 30 seconds. I had visions of storing all sorts of things out there, but, in the end, I just didn't have that much.

    My 5 subscriptions are only used on 2 machines, for me it is starting to be not such a good deal. Just not as big a need for Office since everything has gone computerized. I print and mail Christmas cards and that is about it.
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  8.    28 Oct 2014 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleJay View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by labeeman View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by lparsons21 View Post
    I suspect that they figure almost no one will use even the 1Tb and that this is a marketing gimmick.

    Will be interesting to see how it all works out.
    You bet it is a marketing gimmick at net upload speeds ( mine is 12mbs) it would take over 200 hours to upload 1 Tb.
    My thoughts exactly...
    I have to most respectfully disagree. Marketing gimmick or not, unlimited storage or not, this is a very good offer beating competitors 6 to 0.

    With the subscription of Office 365 Home you get now unlimited storage space. To compare, with about the same price you get 1 TB from Google Drive or from Dropbox. What tips the scales in favor of Microsoft is that buying the unlimited storage with price you only get 1TB from competitors, you also get free Microsoft Office suite to be installed on up to 5 computers.

    Sorry geeks but you cannot find any valid cons in that, any valid arguments against. For everyone needing online storage, Microsoft's offer is unbeatable. Deciding for competitors, against Office 365 and unlimited storage is just plain stupid if the argument is "I will never need so much storage"; price is the same but with OneDrive and Office 365 you will get so much more.

    Then this about how long it would take to upload great amounts of data to OneDrive. Let me just start with that it would take exactly as much time to upload it to Google Drive, or Dropbox. The idea is of course not that you subscribe the service, then sit back and wait the 200 hours until your 1 TB of files have been uploaded. That would be idiotic, and is most definitely not an argument against the service.

    No, simply copy what you want to be on OneDrive to its folder on your computer and forget it. Your terabyte might take a month or three to finish uploading but it's done in the background, your data being all the time at your service on your local computer, OneDrive folder being as any other local storage location, showing the progress (which files already synced to cloud, with which files OneDrive is still working, syncing them). OneDrive syncs (uploads) your data in a non-disturbing way, a bit slower when you work with computer and need the bandwidth, as fast as it can when computer and line are idle.

    You treat the OneDrive folder on your computer as any other local storage. You decide which files are synced (stored locally and on OneDrive), which files are only available online:

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    This "Online only" is really practical selection when you want to access all your files from any computer and any location but don't want them to take place on your laptop's small hard disk. You can choose to have your documents available offline on your desktop but online only on a tablet, in which case you can still access all the files on your OneDrive from the tablet. Opening the OneDrive folder now on tablet shows all your files stored on OneDrive, you can open, edit, copy and delete as if they were stored locally, only difference being that they do not occupy any storage space on tablet. Opening a Word document locally just means that your tablet picks it up from cloud, opens on your tablet and when you have finished editing it stores it again on cloud. If you want to be sure a file can be edited also when no network connection is available, simply right click it and select Available Offline. A small symbol on file icon tells you now that OneDrive is syncing it, downloading to local computer:

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    Personally I have to say I love it. This is so practical, take for instance the OneDrive account of the MS account I use on this laptop: over 40 GB of files stored on OneDrive, I can access them from any computer from any location in this globe of ours but as I have selected to keep most of them online only, they take less than 4 GB on my laptop's HDD:

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  9.    28 Oct 2014 #9
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    Why 'free' storage isn't free

    Pioneering cloud storage company Wuala — now part of Seagate via LaCie — has announced the termination of all free storage. They won't be the last.

    Dropbox and Box were both expected to float initial public stock offerings this year. But their wretched financials spooked even loss-friendly tech investors.
    Put the crack pipe down and take two steps back

    How wretched? Box's 2014 revenues were a respectable $124 million, about double 2013 revenues. But their net loss was a whopping $169 million because their expenses were more than twice their revenue.
    This what finance people call an unsustainable business model. Or what you might call a company on crack. The Box IPO is on hold.
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  10.    28 Oct 2014 #10

    Kari, nice write-up.

    But I think you're looking for an argument when there isn't one. The deal is a great one as you note, and whether it is a marketing gimmick or not doesn't change that. It gives MS a real leg up imo.

    Now they just need to make OneDrive work the same on all supported platforms if it is possible.
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