- All Office 365 subs will now get 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage. Microsoft (MSFT +0.5%) had begun offering 1TB to business Office 365 subs in April.
- In addition, Microsoft is upping the storage allotment for free OneDrive accounts to 15GB from 7GB, and respectively slashing prices for its 100GB and 200GB standalone accounts by 73% and 65% to $1.99/month and $3.99/month.
- The free allotment and 100GB pricing is now even with Google Drive's; Google charges $9.99/month for 1TB, and $99.99/month for 10TB. Following recent price cuts, Apple is set to offer 5GB of free iCloud storage, and respectively charge $0.99/month and $3.99/month for 20GB and 200GB.
- The price war could take a toll on Dropbox, which recently raised funding at a $10B valuation: Dropbox charges $9.99/month ($99/year) for 100GB, and $19.99/month ($199/year) for 200GB.
- BOX, which argues its enterprise feature set keeps its services from being commoditized, charges $5/month for its Starter plan, and offers unlimited storage for its Business ($15/month) and Enterprise ($35/month) plans.
- Microsoft has made a priority of boosting Office 365 sales: The year has already seen the launch of Office iPad apps (full versions are free with Office 365 subscriptions) and a 365-focused Salesforce partnership. Commercial 365 sales doubled Y/Y in calendar Q1.