Microsoft announced yesterday that it raised the file size limit of its OneDrive file storage platform to 250 Gigabytes per uploaded file for all Microsoft 365 customers.
The previous limit was 100 Gigabytes per file for paying customers, and the limit before that 15 Gigabytes per file.
The new limit applies to all Microsoft 365 customers and will be rolled out "by the end of January" according to Microsoft. General availability will be achieved by the end of the first quarter of 2021.
The new file size limit applies to uploads of files into OneDrive but also SharePoint and Microsoft Teams. All paying customers will benefit from the change, including home users.
Microsoft notes that it has noticed an increase in remote work and remote learning, and that files are getting larger and larger. Microsoft employee Ankita Kirti mentions 4K and 8K video files, 3D models, CAD files, and other types of files that require a lot of space.
As remote work and learning increases so does the need to reliably and securely share large files-4K or 8K video files, 3D models, CAD files, or large scientific data sets-with co-workers, clients and peers.
The new file size limit is achieved through storage optimizations according to Microsoft. The company splits large files into chunks, each encrypted with a unique key, and backs them up on Azure Storage.
Thanks to differential sync, OneDrive will only transfer parts of files that have changed to reduce the time it takes to upload changes to the online storage.
Free OneDrive users, everyone with a Microsoft Account basically, get 5 Gigabytes of storage. The first paid option, OneDrive Standalone 100GB, upgrades storage to 100 Gigabytes. All other options require a Microsoft 365 plan; these come as Personals and Family plans, and as business and Enterprise plans.
Microsoft 365 Personal is available for $69.99 per year, often discounted at third-parties, and includes 1000 Gigabytes of space. The price of the Microsoft 365 Family account is $99.99, and it includes 6 Terabytes of storage (6000 Gigabytes), but storage is limited to 1000 Gigabytes per user as well.
Home Microsoft 365 subscribers benefit from the increased file size limit, provided that they upload large files to the storage. It seems unlikely that many will, considering the huge size of files and the time it takes to upload the initial file to OneDrive. Also, a single upload of such a file will take up a quarter of the available space on OneDrive.
The new file size limit on OneDrive is especially useful to researchers and business customers who work with large files, e.g. large video files or scientific files.
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