Microsoft increased the maximum file size for OneDrive from 100 GB to 250 GB. The new limit means that users will be able to upload larger files, such as 3D models, 8K videos or video games, to the cloud.
The increase in the maximum size allowed applies to platforms such as OneDrive, SharePoint and Teams for both personal and corporate accounts. In the case of personal accounts, Microsoft says that the increase in the maximum size allowed could be used to share a PC video game.
Microsoft noted that the 250GB limit was made possible after optimizing the way files are uploaded to the cloud. “Each file is divided into pieces and each one is encrypted with a unique key. All your files are backed up to Azure Storage, ensuring high availability and performance. You can easily upload and download large files when and where you need it, ”Microsoft said.
OneDrive offers different subscription plans for saving and backing up files in the cloud. The free plan barely offers 5GB, however the paid options – ranging from $ 2 a month to $ 100 a year – offer up to 6 TB and access to Office 365 applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Microsoft's offering rivals Google's Drive , which also offers free and subscription accounts.
Microsoft specified that the change in the maximum file limit allowed in OneDrive will begin to be available at the end of January with a view to being available to all its users at the end of the first quarter of the year.