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1 TB of OneDrive storage coming to an Office 365 near you

UPDATE 7/16/2014: 1 TB for Office 365 Personal, Home, University and business subscribers is now available, read more on the OneDrive blog.

Since we introduced Office 365 for consumers nearly a year and a half ago, customers have told us that one of their favorite benefits of the subscription service is the additional OneDrive storage–for accessing and sharing files on their favorite devices and getting things done from home, school, work and everywhere in between. These are precisely the reasons we included additional OneDrive storage with every Office 365 consumer subscription–and we’re happy that people are realizing the value.

Today, OneDrive and Office are announcing a BIG change to that benefit for consumers, to the tune of 1 TB per user. That’s right–we’re increasing the OneDrive storage allotment included with Office 365 Home, Office 365 Personal, and Office 365 University from 20 GB to 1 TB. That’s a whopping 50 times, or 5,000 percent increase in storage–and it’s going to be here before classes are in session!

As previously announced in April, all Office 365 business customers will also get 1 TB of OneDrive for Business storage per user as part of their Office 365 subscription, which will begin to roll out in July.

What’s a terabyte? Here’s some perspective:

  • 1 TB is equivalent to approximately 50,000 trees made into paper and printed
  • 1 TB can store about 1,000 copies of the full edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica
  • 1 TB can hold around 2,000 hours of audio recorded at CD quality
  • 1 TB can remember roughly 8,000 times more data than the average human

While other cloud storage providers charge more than $100 a year for the same amount of online storage, we’re bringing in a full productivity suite too–with Office 365–starting at just $6.99 per month:

Office 365 consumer subscription options

Consumer subscription table

Application availability varies by platform. Skype world minutes available in select countries. See www.office.com/information for details.

If you’re an Office 365 Home, Personal, University or Business subscriber, you’re good to go. Your TB of OneDrive storage is on its way and will be added to your existing account beginning in July. You should not be concerned about current files that are stored in OneDrive as they will not be affected by this change.

Things are about to get a lot more spacious, and we hope you enjoy the added legroom.

–Jevon Fark, Office Team

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22 comments
  1. Cool news! Hope it will come soon now. First reports about it (1 TB) are already 2 month old.
    Two questions:
    1. OneDrive for Business – sync is limited to 5.000 (document library) or 20.000 (personal ODfB) items. So how could the 1 TB be used in practice? To split all the topics in own libraries?
    2. Automatic upload to OneDrive is support very often. Upload to ODfB nearly nowhere. Not any picture app from the smartphone or tablet, except of MS Office I don’t no any app supporting this. Are there no APIs around? Or what are the plans to push this forward.

    Without item limits and no app support 1 TB still sounds great, but can’t be used for the most things in a daily work life (except office collaboration). Not to misunderstand – it’s GREAT, but what is the whole concept behind for the user?

  2. same questiong about the OneDrive for Business sync.. limited to 5,000.
    can you please let us know if it’s going to change soon?
    under question is about the connection with Map Drive.
    i know it’s possible to connect the OneDrive Library document to a Map drive but there is a lot of error and Disconnection with the customer then they should do the connection again(login, Sharepoint and Explorer).
    can you please check for application(OneDrive) can do the connection automaticlly when the computer starting.

    Thanks!

  3. What kind of administrative/management tools are going to be provided to tenant admins? The current reports are very high level and don’t provide any ability to analyze specific OneDrives We also need the ability to remotely wipe a synched OneDrive when an employee leaves. There account gets deactivated and the mailbox gets managed, but nothing currently happens .to the client side contents of the OneDrive For Business app. This needs to be addressed quickly.

  4. Please could you consider an upgrade path from Office 365 Personal to Office 365 Family or at least a partial refund for currently active yearly subscriptions.

  5. Increasing the limit to 1GB is great but if we can sync 1TB then onedrive will cache approx. 1TB of data + 1GB of storage now I need 2TB drive to store 1TB of Data. With the default cache in system drive then I now need a 1+TB System drive to store 1TB of data. Can you explain as this does not seem logical or very manageable for most people who may only have one drive.

    • @digitalfuel Well on WIn 8.1 you can preview and index all your files, photos and folders stored on OneDrive from the Windows Explorer without necessary synchronizing them locally. You can choose by right-clicking on a file or a folder to make them available offline or online only if you want. they are just here for you to see what you have . much more granualr control than on other OS or with another service that only syncs.

      You can have 3TB on OneDrive and only a SSD of 256 Go in your machine and still be able to view everything that you have

      • That is true. But then you need quick internet connection everywhere you want to work with files, which are marked as online only – and they can be large files, which takes some time to download. This has bad effect on user productivity.

        In my opinion, something should be done with Office file caching mechanism used by both OneDrive and OneDrive for Business. Local cache takes large amount of space and cannot be deleted (yes, I have tried to delete cached files using Office Upload Center, but it does not delete them). It’s frustrating to have such large amount of disk space wasted, especially if you use smaller SSD disks.

      • It’s only possible to make single files/folders available within Win 8.1?

        If I’m using Win 7 I can only sync/unsync the entire library?

        • Instead of ‘make’ = sync/unsync

      • This is not an acceptable solution. As Jikad Said. Many file are large and I would spend much of the day waiting. Also when I sync items how do I make some preview only and others not. This is so messed up it is funny. We use SSD as system drives for speed a 2TB+ SSD would cost Over a thousand US dollars. I will just pop out and buy one. Anyone else who can afford a quality 2.5TB SSD drive let me know. Microsoft even your support has just figured out how bad this is going to turn out. With onedrive being the most unstable storage on the market more sync errors than the titanic. When someone calls support and says I have sync issues with 900GB stored because the cache has used up all the space available on there 1TB system drive it will take ages to delete the cache and then everything will need to resync because that is what it does. The only real fix will be to reinstall windows on a 4TB system drive just to make sure they have some overhead for the future. I just had to deleted my cache and everything had re-synced 3 days later with only 80GB stored and then there where 118broken syncs that were not there before. All word files because one drive decided in it stupidity they had changed. but they had not been touched. Support knows this and there is nothing they could do. If onedrive was half as good as it support team it would be great. DEV TEAM listen to your support team and they might tell you a few home truths about onedrive and it failings. MS You need to think about this good and hard. you are the biggest company and have the worst product. I have never seen a sync issue with dropbox and it does not use all that cache not even close. Your cache is BLOB and onedrive acts like it.

  6. Hi

    Will the A2 plans get this feature?

    Best regards
    Christian

      • Office 365 per l’istruzione (A3) per il personale docente
        And for this plan? A3

  7. I’m still not using OneDrive because of the strange 256-character limit *for file paths, not file names*. I use a Mac, and am happy to have OneN ote. But I can’t migrate my files from Dropbox because I keep running into the name limit–which then crashes OneDrive.

  8. Second Fritz_B, what is the use for 1TB if we cannot store more than 20k files?
    Any news on those limits being revised ???

  9. All that’s amazing and great! But what about Windows 8.1 integration with ODB, like Simple OD integration it has? e.g. Local/Internet copies of files, no need to download full library?

  10. Great News, but in my case (I am pretty sure I am not the only one) the limit of 20k files and the limit of 4GB per file will mess up with the Storage I currently can’t take full advantage of my 60GB for these limitations, I suppose and want to believe you also increase these two limitations other wise 1TB is way to useless.

    Best Regards.
    Chris.

    • I agree with Chris. If the file size limit is under 10GB it’s not a useful tool.

  11. When will this be available in the UK? The sales team don’t seem to know anything about it..

  12. What about the laughable 2Gb file size limit? Any chance of being this removed like, any time? You’re way behind your competitors here, time to adjust…

  13. Is this ever happening? Maybe you should announce when you are actually able to implement this instead of an year in advance.

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