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OneDrive now supports 10GB files with faster syncing and Dropbox-like sharing

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Microsoft is rolling out some welcome improvements to its OneDrive cloud storage service today. While the company doubled its free OneDrive space in June and offered 1TB to Office 365 subscribers, Microsoft is letting OneDrive users take full advantage of the storage increases by allowing files up to 10GB to be uploaded to the service. It’s a highly requested change, and it doesn’t matter if you’re using desktop or mobile clients or even the OneDrive website — 10GB files are supported everywhere.

Updates rolling out over the coming weeks

Alongside the upload changes, Microsoft is increasing the number of files than can be downloaded or uploaded to OneDrive at the same time on PCs and Macs. "In internal tests, this parallel syncing netted an approximately threefold increase in syncing speed," says OneDrive program manager Jason Moore. The performance improvements are rolling out now and should be available to all Windows and Mac OneDrive users in the coming weeks.

Microsoft is also adding a highly requested share feature to OneDrive desktop clients. Just like Dropbox, you’ll now be able to right-click on a file or folder and select the "Share a OneDrive link" from the File Explorer context menu to automatically create a sharing link that’s copied to your clipboard. The sharing improvements have started rolling out to OneDrive for Windows 7 and 8, but Windows 8.1 and Mac users will have to wait a little longer until the updates are made available. One final feature in this round of OneDrive updates is the ability to upload folders from the OneDrive website. Microsoft also supports folder dragging / dropping straight onto the OneDrive website.