Microsoft Looks to One-Up Dropbox
OneDrive now offers users 1TB of data
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 29, 2014 12:14 PM CDT
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(Newser) – It's a new kind of Storage Wars. With services like Dropbox seeking business users, Microsoft is raising the stakes. To that end, the company today announced that users of OneDrive for Business, a Microsoft storage offering, will now get 1TB of space each—up from 25GB. Users of Office 365 ProPlus will also be treated to 1TB, the company says, per TechCrunch.

While Microsoft's blog post didn't explicitly mention Dropbox or Box, its target was pretty clear, the Wall Street Journal notes: The post was titled "thinking outside the box." Few competitors, it says, "are prepared to meet the evolving needs of businesses looking for a holistic and comprehensive approach" to the cloud. The CEO of Box, in reply, called Microsoft's solutions too "closed": "By keeping Office 365 users on the closed OneDrive 'island,' Microsoft is stranding hundreds of millions of users and customers that have chosen Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and others."

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K.KRANK
Apr 30, 2014 3:04 AM CDT
Fry's Electronics runs weekly sales ads for USB hard drives, 1TB of storage for like $69-$79. A quick search found Newegg & Amazon selling WD My Passport drives in that price range http://www.amazon.com/Passport-Portable-External-Storage-WDBBEP0010BBL-NESN/dp/B007FQNKRC also for those 1%-ers who hang out on Newser, Kingston is making a 1TB USB thumb drive for the low, low price of $980.74 on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-DataTraveler-Predator-1TB-DTHXP30/dp/B00E65QM8O I've got 64GB thumbs I've yet to fill up that fit on my keychain, like this one http://www.amazon.com/HP-v165w-Flash-Drive-P-FD64GHP165-GE/dp/B009VV55T0 I gotta wonder, this cloud storage stuff, is it going to be obsoleted by increasing portable storage capacity/decreasing prices?
TwoSheds
Apr 30, 2014 2:10 AM CDT
OneDrive to rule them all, OneDrive to find them, OneDrive to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
TessTalks
Apr 29, 2014 9:10 PM CDT
I'm getting fuc%ing sick of Microsoft making decisions for me.