Competing with Dropbox, Google Drive and Box in Cloud storage, Microsoft’s OneDrive, formerly SkyDrive, works closely with its suite of office apps such as PowerPoint, Excel and Word, and allows users to work across a number of devices, collaborate in real time with other people or simply store documents, photos and other media.
The changes increase the storage of a range of plans. The $9 per month Personal plan, the $12 per month Home plan (up to five users) and the $99 for a four-year University plan have all been upgraded to 1TB of Cloud storage.
For business customers, the changes came into affect from 1 April, where SkyDrive Pro was renamed OneDrive for Business and plans were increased from 25GB to 1TB.
For those who are not Office 365 subscribers, the free storage allocated has also been increased from 7GB to 15GB and additional storage prices have changed to $2 per month for 100GB and $4 per month for 200GB.
The move continues a trend towards cheaper Cloud storage, with Apple announcing its new iCloud Drive, set to launch on iOS and Mac devices in the spring, will be a fair bit cheaper than its current storage plans. At WWDC, Apple said users will receive 20GB of storage for US$1 per month, 200GB for US$4 per month, and will offer options up to 1TB. While the pricing announcement was focused upon the US, the changes should also flow through to Australians.
In comparison, Dropbox offers 2GB for free and 100GB for $10.99 per month when you upgrade to a Pro account.
The changes to OneDrive are believed to begin next month.