Microsoft upgrades OneDrive in strides to make it more competitive

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Microsoft upgrades OneDrive in strides to make it more competitive
Microsoft has been busy, bringing its OneDrive service up to be on-par with competitive cloud services from other companies. This summer, Redmond's cloud saw an increase of its initial, free storage – from 7 GB to 15 GB. Also, Office 365 subscribers got extra value in terms of 1 TB of OneCloud space for free. To top it off, Microsoft also dropped the monthly prices of the cloud's storage options – one can now get 100 GB for $1.99 (down from $7.49) and 200 GB for $3.99 (from $11.49)

Yesterday, Microsoft announced another update, which brings optimizations mainly for the desktop-based app. Still, it is useful to know that OneDrive's cap for uploading a file (from any supported device, including mobile platforms) has been bumped up to the whopping 10 GB. Previously, trying to upload a large file would stop you at 2 GB. The new limit is not yet available for business customers, but Microsoft says it's working on it.

The rest of the updates are desktop-oriented and are as follows:

  • OneDrive sync optimization – the desktop app will now upload / download more files at once, resulting in up to 3 times faster sync
  • OneDrive sharing – users can now share a link to a file in their OneDrive folder by right-clicking the file and choosing “Share a OneDrive link”, which will immediately copy the file's URL to the user's clipboard – much like what Dropbox has been doing for a while now.
  • OneDrive folder uploading – users can now use the OneDrive website to upload folders – simply done by dragging the desired folder over a browser, which supports the drag-and-drop function
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