Microsoft will offer OneDrive for Business as stand alone service starting April 1st

  • 4 March 2014
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Microsoft officially changed the name of their enterprise-based SkyDrive Pro to OneDrive for Business a week ago and today the company confirmed that it will offer a way to access the data storage service without having to also get an Office 365 subscription.
In a post on the OneDrive blog, Microsoft said that the stand alone service will be offered starting on April 1st. It will give each employee 25GB of free cloud storage space along with the option to buy additional storage.
The blog states:
"With the new offering, businesses of all sizes can get started with a full-featured and intuitive file sync and share service that includes Office Online, so employees can collaborate on Office documents in real time via a browser or using their Office desktop applications."
Microsoft will offer some lower promotional pricing for OneDrive for Business from April to September. One plane will charge $2.50 a month per user for all licensing agreements and programs and the other will charge $1.50 a month per user if the company has a Office with Software Assurance or Office 365 ProPlus with Open, Enterprise Agreement, and MPSA contracts.
Microsoft has also released some new features for OneDrive for Business, including placing controls like uploading, syncing, and editing documents directly above a user's personal folder; improvements have also been made for searching inside the OneDrive files.

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I have not used the OneFride for Business app, but I have played around with the regular version of OneDrive. What I really do not like about it is how easy it is to delete data from OneDrive using the mobile app. Maybe it is just me, but being able to delete data that way makes me a little skiddish about putting anything of value in it.