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From SkyDrive to OneDrive: Microsoft revamps cloud storage

From SkyDrive to OneDrive: Microsoft revamps cloud storage 

Though subscribers already get 7 GB of storage for free when they sign up for an account, Microsoft said users who refer their friends to the service will “receive up to 5 GB (in 500 MB increments)” of free storage for each one that signs up. It is also offering an additional 3 GB for those who use OneDrive’s camera backup feature.

OneDrive is available, naturally, on all of Microsoft’s devices  – Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox – but it is also compatible with iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets, and Macs.

“Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for you to get all of your favorite stuff in one place—one place that is accessible via all of the devices you use every day, at home and at work,” wrote Chris Jones, corporate VP, Windows Services, on the OneDrive blog. “Because let’s face it, until now, cloud storage services have been pretty hard to use, and the vast majority of us still have our stuff spread out everywhere.”

OneDrive facilitates the sharing of media across different platforms. For example, users can record and share their gameplay on their Xbox Ones, or share photos on Facebook or via email with a single click.

And since documents are automatically saved on OneDrive, work can be halted on one device and resumed on another. This capability also enables better collaboration in the workplace, since people can see what their colleagues are doing with a document in real-time.

OneDrive for Business boasts all of these capabilities, but it is additionally supported by “enterprise-grade content management, compliance, and administrative controls.

Further information about OneDrive for Business will be unveiled at the SharePoint conference on March 3.

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