Following on from the recent rebrand by Microsoft of its cloud storage service from SkyDrive to OneDrive. Microsoft has today announced that they will be separating their new OneDrive For Business cloud storage solution away from other services as of April 1st.
Pricing it as a stand-alone cloud storage solution specifically created for corporate customers and charging for the use of OneDrive rather than combining it with other services which is does currently as part of the Office 365 suite or SharePoint Online.
OneDrive For Business with existing Software Advantage or Office 365 ProPlus agreements the price will only be $1.50 per user per month with each employee receiving 25 GB of online OneDrive storage.
The move by Microsoft to separate its OneDrive For Business service has been rumoured for some time and Microsoft as from April 1st 2014 will start selling cloud storage directly to businesses.
“Not only is OneDrive for Business a simple and intuitive file sync and storage solution for employees, it’s a trusted service that provides enterprise-grade content management, compliance, and administrative controls, and it is financially backed by the industry-leading Office 365 Service Level Agreement,”
Currently Microsoft is enjoying a user base for its OneDrive service of around 250 million accounts however engagement from these accounts is currently lower than Microsoft would like.
The move by Microsoft to separate their OneDrive For Business cloud storage solution has now made them more competitive against the likes of Dropbox and Box who both also provide enterprise cloud storage solutions.
For more information on the new OneDrive For Business cloud storage solution jump over to the Microsoft website for details.