Microsoft has more than tripled the available storage on its SkyDrive Pro storage product for Office 365 business subscribers as it hits back at rivals such as Box in the storage market.
In a notable boost to the offering, users are now given 25GB of storage, up from the 7GB previously offered, while administrators can boost storage to 50GB or 100GB for users whenever necessary.
The firm has also added new functions to make it easier for users to find documents that have been shared with them by colleagues.
Writing on a blog, senior product managers for the SharePoint marketing team, Mark Kashman and Tejas Mehta, said that upping the storage would ensure businesses could meet their storage needs from the start.
"If you and your company have growing storage needs across your various work streams and content types, we think you'll find Office 365 offers ample headroom on day one, at no additional cost," they wrote.
"SharePoint Online admins can now increase SkyDrive Pro storage space for those individuals that need and want more than the default 25GB of storage. You can select increases in increments, up to 50GB or 100GB, and you can adjust the storage for up to 25 users at once."
Purchasing new storage is done through the Storage Metrics page on the Site Settings control panel, with each gigabyte costing $0.20 a month, Microsoft explained.
The move comes just a week or so after dedicated cloud storage firm Box boosted its free offering from 5GB to 10GB, taking it past Microsoft’s previous 7GB offering.
In another boost to its service, Microsoft has also added a new Shared with Me view within the control panel so users can just see the documents that have been shared more easily, as Kashman and Mehta explained.
“Have you ever experienced the pain of trying to locate a document or folder a colleague previously shared with you? Shared with Me eliminates the worry of finding those important items, because now they're all visible in a single view from within your SkyDrive Pro," they wrote.
The move from Microsoft underlines the growing battle for the cloud storage market as enterprises embrace the benefits that allowing employees to store and access data from any location allows.
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