Microsoft Updates OneDrive for Business: New Capabilities Are Good News for Office 365 Users

Microsoft updates OneDrive for Business storage plans, releases the Next Generation Sync Client and several other new capabilities.

Microsoft Updates OneDrive for Business

Focused on improving its cloud storage and productivity service, Microsoft has launched a series of updates to OneDrive for Business. From unlimited storage for certain users to a next-gen sync client for which users have been waiting, let’s take a look at exactly why these updates are good news for users.

Storage plans

Office 365 customers on the premium Enterprise, Government, and Education plans will receive OneDrive for Business unlimited storage. Specifically, this includes unlimited storage for individuals in organizations with more than five people subscribing to one of the following plans:

• Office 365 Enterprise E3, E4 and E5
• Office 365 Government E3, E4 and E5
• Office 365 Education
• OneDrive for Business Plan 2 and SharePoint Online Plan 2

Microsoft began rolling out increased storage to these customers at the end of 2015, starting with an automatic increase from 1 TB to 5 TB per user. They expect this rollout to complete by the end of March 2016. After this point, customers who want additional storage can request it as needed.

Customers on all other Office 365 Enterprise, Business and standalone plans that include OneDrive for Business will continue to receive 1 TB of storage per user. While customers on these plans will not receive the full unlimited benefit, we expect it will serve the vast majority of users. Today, most OneDrive for Business users consume significantly less than 1 TB.

Next Generation Sync Client for Windows and Mac

After a successful preview program, Microsoft is happy to report that the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client is now available for deployment. Microsoft’s top priorities for this release were improved reliability and performance, as well as delivering core capabilities such as selective sync, support for large files up to 10 GB in size and removing the 20,000 file sync limit.

For IT Professionals, Microsoft has provided the ability to silently deploy and configure the client on behalf of your end users. The OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client is available for Windows 7, 8 and 10 (8.1 support will be added in the first quarter of 2016) and Mac OS X 10.9 and above.

With this first release, the Next Generation Sync Client supports OneDrive for Business only, but added support for SharePoint document libraries will come in future releases. In the interim, if customers require sync for both OneDrive for Business and SharePoint document libraries, the Next Generation Sync Client is designed to work side-by-side with the existing sync client.

Additionally, Microsoft is actively working on other important features including Office integration to support the co-authoring of documents and sharing scenarios (planned for the second quarter of 2016), as well as a more seamless experience for users who are migrating from the existing sync client (planned for the first quarter of 2016).

Mobile updates

In addition to updates on the desktop offerings, Microsoft has several improvements for our mobile apps. First, they recently released a new OneDrive app for Windows 10 Mobile. This app offers all the essential capabilities to view, edit, delete, share and upload files onto both your personal OneDrive and OneDrive for Business storage services.

They also announced the OneDrive for iOS app will support offline storage. You can selectively flag files for local availability and open them when disconnected.

Lastly, Office Lens for iOS now supports uploading your content directly into OneDrive for Business. Office Lens is essentially a mobile scanner that lets you to take pictures of printed documents, business cards, expense receipts and even whiteboards, with automated cropping, trimming and searching of those images. Microsoft will add OneDrive for Business support to Android and Windows 10 Mobile in the first quarter of 2016.

Here is the link for the new OneDrive for Business sync client and the deployment kit Deployment Package, open EnableAddAccounts.reg.

For more insight into OneDrive for Business and how it can work for you, give MessageOps a call at 877-788-1617 today.
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