Microsoft upgrades OneDrive in strides to make it more competitive

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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