Microsoft to launch new standalone OneDrive for Business subscription plan on April 1st

Microsoft launches new standalone OneDrive for Business subscription plan

Microsoft is set to roll out a new standalone OneDrive for Business subscription plan, which comes with Office Online, as well as enhancements to SharePoint 2013 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) that enable on-premises SharePoint users to configure OneDrive for Business with just a few clicks. OneDrive for Business was formerly known as SkyDrive Pro.

Microsoft has made it even easier for customers to get up and running in the cloud. With OneDrive for Business, Microsoft's personal online storage for a company's employees, you can store, sync, and share work files across multiple devices. Thanks to OneDrive for Business, you can also collaborate with others in real time within Office and even edit documents anywhere in real time using Office Online. Plus, you have access to Windows Phone, Windows 8, iOS, and Android apps. Here are the key features of OneDrive for Business:

  • OneDrive for Business will be available for purchase as a standalone service. It’s also still available as part of many Office 365 for business plans, but the new standalone plan makes it easy to get started using cloud storage and sharing.
  • It’s now easier to access, find, and manage your work files because of new user experience enhancements to OneDrive for Business.
  • On-premises SharePoint customers can now configure OneDrive for Business more easily - with just a few clicks - with Service Pack 1 on-premises SharePoint customers to configure OneDrive for Business with just a few clicks with Service Pack 1.

Beginning April 1st, OneDrive for Business with Office Online will be available as a standalone service, which comes with 25GB of storage per employee with the option to purchase additional storage. You can already get OneDrive for Business as part of your Office 365 and SharePoint Online plans.

Starting April 1st, Microsoft will also feature a promotional pricing, which consists of a 50% discount: $2.50 per user per month in all licensing agreements/programs. Customers who have Office with SA or Office 365 ProPlus can pay $1.50 per user per month. 

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