Microsoft has some big OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online updates

In Cloud, Data, SharePoint by Jake, Marketing2 Comments

Great news! In addition to the rollout of Office 2016, Microsoft has a whole range of updates for both OneDrive for Business [OD4B] and SharePoint Online [SPO].

These changes include a whole new sync application for OD4B and improved storage quotas for both SPO and OD4B.

The key changes are:

• The base storage on SPO (the amount of storage you have with every Office 365 SharePoint tenant) has been increased from 10GB to 1TB
• The file upload limit (size of an individual file) has increased from 2GB to 10GB
• OD4B storage has increased from 1TB per person to 5TB
• Though using the new sync client, items can be selectively synced

How does this affect businesses?

It is now even easier and more cost effective to get your business into the cloud. With the new storage packages, you no longer have to worry about leaving behind large files, or the cost of purchasing additional storage.

For those already using OD4B, selective sync will allow you to sync the files which you need frequent access to and leave behind those archive folders. This could heavily reduce your network usage and stop pesky folders lying around.

These updates [launched 16th February], make Microsoft productivity tools even more viable for enterprise size companies and provide a lasting solution to storage for small and mid-sized organisations.

Next Gen Syncing

The latest in a raft of Microsoft updates to the SPO and OD4B stack is the NextGen sync client. This client is based on the personal OneDrive client (the one that is bundled with Windows 8.1 & 10) and offers massively increased reliability & scalability than the older-generation client could.

Microsoft’s top priorities for the latest release of the OD4B sync client has significantly improved the performance and reliability as well as providing long awaited new features that cements OD4B as an industry leading solution. This translates to support for large files up to 10GB and removing the 20,000 item sync limit.


There are some great developments taking place on the NextGen Sync client over the coming weeks and months:

Currently the NextGen Sync client does not support Windows 8.1, limiting its OS support to Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 and Mac OS X 10.9 and above. This is being addressed in the first quarter of 2016.
SPO Document library sync: this feature is currently provided by the legacy OD4B sync client that sits inside Office 2013 or 2016 from Office 365. Support for SPO libraries is expected by the end of Q2 2016, although Microsoft are still reluctant to confirm too much of the timeline.
Direct upgrade for old client: currently there is no direct and straightforward upgrade path from the old sync client. It is a matter of stopping syncing with the old client, upgrading OneDrive and resyncing libraries the other side. A direct upgrade path is being developed and is due around the end of Q1 2016.

If you have any questions, we would be happy to help.


Source: Microsoft

Written by Jacob Myner | SharePoint Consultant, RedPixie | See his LinkedIn Profile

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  1. Joan Martin

    Very good written article. It will be supportive to anyone who utilizes it, including me. Keep doing what you are doing – can’t wait to read more posts.

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