OneDrive is getting a new dark mode and 100GB file upload limit for businesses

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Microsoft is improving its OneDrive upload limit and sharing integration with Microsoft Teams for businesses and finally bringing a dark mode to the web version. The software giant is increasing the upload file size limit from 15GB to 100GB for all OneDrive and SharePoint users today. It’s a useful addition for business users of OneDrive who have been restricted to 15GB files, making it difficult to sync some large file types like CAD or video files.

OneDrive for Business users will also soon be getting better Teams sharing integration. You’ll be able to share a file within Teams and be presented with an option to create a shared link that allows files and documents to be shared strictly within a company or to anyone. Microsoft will also soon support address bar file sharing, so you can copy a link from OneDrive in a browser and simply share it.

New add to OneDrive feature.
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Microsoft is also addressing one of the key parts of OneDrive file sharing with a new “Add to OneDrive” button. Business users will be able to preview this new button later this month, and it will allow you to easily add shared folders directly into your own OneDrive. This includes content shared from OneDrive or shared libraries from Microsoft Teams or SharePoint.

Over on the consumer side of OneDrive, Microsoft is also introducing family and group sharing later this month. It will allow OneDrive users to quickly share files, photos, and videos with an entire group of OneDrive users. Microsoft is also finally bringing a dark mode to OneDrive on the web to match a similar dark mode it already has available on OneDrive’s iOS and Android apps. It’s not clear exactly when the dark mode for OneDrive web will be available, but Microsoft is promising it’s coming “soon” for both consumer and business accounts.

OneDrive dark mode.
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This is a welcome change. It will be nice to access work folders from my individual account. Right now it’s a bit of a hassle on my personal computer.

OneDrive has always just felt so much more clunky than Google Drive, and I can’t quite pin why

I don’t know when was the last time you used OneDrive, because I thought the same before, but know I am actually thinking the opposite. A made a test once to see which cloud system I would pay for. The test was pushing my 900GB file storage to the cloud, all at once (I tested a small portion of it to see what happens). Google Drive wasn’t able to do the job, it just freezed analysing the files. OneDrive pushed everything without a problem and didn’t corrupted any data. Since then, I work inside the OneDrive folder (on Windows and Mac) directly and all my data sync to the cloud when I finish something new. Never felt so safe with my files.

What’s your primary use-case? I come at it from the file-system side first (starting back in the Windows Live Sync days), and find OneDrive far, far, better than Google Drive or Dropbox for that purpose.

In no version of Planet Earth is OneDrive clunkier than Google Drive.

For reference… box caps out at around 30GB per file… though basic business customers can have as low as 5GB file upload limits. Google Drive generally has a 5,000TiB limit.

That is a metric… that could save you lots of time… but generally throttling behavior is more important. Test, Test, Test.

Beyond the actual individual file size limitation, there is a limit on individual file quantity as well. Even if you don’t see the overall GB limit of storage space, they put a limit on how many individual files you can have on OneDrive which is absolutely annoying.

I use OneDrive to sync files and photos between my smartphone and desktop and I did reach that individual file number limit quite easily. I’m thinking of starting to use Google Photos but I haven’t researched much about if these limitations appear in Google Photos too. And OneDrive is a bit clunky when it comes to PROPERLY saving files and photos in order they were created rather than in what order the APP scans for them. Organization is a problem they have never fixed on their app. The amount of processing power and battery OneDrive uses is nothing to sneeze at either regardless of platform.

Microsoft is also introducing family and group sharing later this month
It’s about time! Let’s hope it translates into direct access to the same folders in the Office apps… but even if it happens I’ve lost faith in Microsoft. OneDrive is clunky as hell and would not stand a chance were it not part of 365. And the company’s uservoice pages need suggestions themselves…

Six months ago I’d have laughed at the idea of using OneDrive for 100GB files… but then I ran in to a use case where I needed to sync a 56GB file on my work OneDrive and got quite annoyed!

I think this may mean a lot more to business, although home users will benefit when they finally decide to roll out that option. And then I checked on capacity for home users. The free tier is 5GB, so the increase won’t have any value there. The next tier is 100GB, so you can max out your storage with one file upload.
So as far as I can tell, the people who will value from this on the individual user side are those who have the Microsoft 365 subscriptions.

I wonder if MS will change their pricing tiers at that point?

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