- Office 365 and Exchange Online email up from 25GB to 50GB
- SkyDrive Pro storage grows from 7GB to 25GB
- SharePoint Online file upload size boosted to 2GB
In a series of upgrades pointed out by the Cloud Mouth blog, Microsoft has doubled the size of email mailboxes for its cloud platform Office 365 from 25GB to 50GB. Microsoft began upgrading existing the primary mailboxes for Office 365 and Exchange Online users earlier this month and would complete the rollout by November. (See table above for storage by plan.)
The upgrade affected the Exchange Online Plan 1, Office 365 Small Business, Midsize Business, Enterprise E1, Government G1 and Education A1 plans.
Users already on Microsoft’s premium service plans (Exchange Online Plan 2, Office 365 Enterprise E3 and E4, Government G3 and G4, Education A3 and A4) already had unlimited email storage for their personal archive. However, the upgrade had increased their default primary mailbox size to 50GB.
Kiosk user mailboxes doubled in size from 1GB to 2GB.
Shared mailboxes and Resources mailboxes more than doubled to 10 GB for storing projects and collaborations. The size of Site mailboxes remained unchanged.
Microsoft also increased capacities for its cloud-based document management platform, SharePoint Online. File upload size grew from 250MB to 2GB and included support for more file types.
Organisations using SharePoint Online as an intranet could expand the number of pages from 3,000 to 10,000 (in Microsoft terms, the site collection limit). The upgrade was only rolled out to Office 365 Enterprise plans including Education and Government.
Microsoft also massively increased the capacity of its cloud storage service for business, SkyDrive Pro. The default SkyDrive Pro size was now 25GB, up from 7GB, for new and existing customers. SharePoint Online administrators could boost users’ storage to 100GB.
SkyDrive Pro, a Microsoft version of DropBox, synced files to Windows 8 and Windows Phone, iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.