Earlier today at the SharePoint Conference 2014 in Las Vegas, Jeff Teper made some exciting announcements regarding OneDrive for Business. I wanted to share some additional details about them with you.
OneDrive for Business (formerly SkyDrive Pro) is personal online storage for a company’s employees. It’s the place where people can store, sync, and share their work files across multiple devices with ease and security. With OneDrive for Business you can collaborate with others in real time right from within Office and edit documents from virtually anywhere via a web browser in real time using Office Online. Accessing your files from multiple devices is a cinch with native OneDrive for Business and Office Mobile apps (including Windows Phone, Windows 8, iOS, and Android devices).
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.
- OneDrive for Business will be available for purchase as a standalone service. It’s also still available as part of many Office 365 for business plans, but the new standalone plan makes it easy to get started using cloud storage and sharing.
- It’s now easier to access, find, and manage your work files because of new user experience enhancements to OneDrive for Business.
- On-premises SharePoint customers can now configure OneDrive for Business more easily—with just a few clicks—with Service Pack 1 on-premises SharePoint customers to configure OneDrive for Business with just a few clicks with Service Pack 1.
The standalone offer gives businesses 25 GB of storage per employee with the option to purchase additional storage, offline sync and access from multiple devices and platforms, and a strong set of enterprise-ready administrative controls. And when you’re ready for more Office 365 services, like business-class email or online meetings, it’s easy to add them.
How do I get OneDrive for Business?
If you’re an existing Office 365 customer using OneDrive for Business (formerly SkyDrive Pro), you do not need to take any action, because the new name and capabilities will automatically be reflected in your service experience. If you are interested in the new OneDrive for Business standalone offering, you can purchase this beginning April 1, 2014. In celebrating the launch, we’ll offer two promotional offers, beginning in April and running through September 2014. Here are the pricing details for the standalone plan:
- Promotional pricing: $2.50 per user per month in all licensing agreements/programs (50% discount).
- For customers with Office with SA or Office 365 ProPlus: $1.50 per user per month; agreement types included: Open, Enterprise Agreement, and MPSA.
OneDrive for Business is also available in (and included with) most Office 365 and SharePoint Online plans at no additional cost.