Earlier this week Microsoft backtracked — sort of — on an unpopular decision to impose a cap of 1TB on storage for Office 365 consumers.

Last night, Microsoft announced  it wasn't making the same mistake with its business customers.

In fact, it's doing just the opposite of imposing that 1TB it added to the OneDrive consumer plans. It's actually increasing the storage offered to OneDrive for Business users from 1 TB to 5TB per user.  The plans in question include:

  • Office 365 Enterprise E3, E4 and E5
  • Office 365 Government E3, E4 and E5
  • Office 365 Education
  • OneDrive for Business Plan 2 and SharePoint Online Plan 2

By the end of March, customers on these plans in businesses with more than five people will be offered unlimited storage. 

Customers on all other Office 365 Enterprise, Business and standalone plans that include OneDrive for Business will continue to receive 1 TB of storage per user, Jeff Teper, VP for OneDrive and SharePoint wrote in a blog post. He added that he expected the 1TB storage limit for these plans would adequately serve the vast majority of consumers.

“Overall, we have taken too long to provide an update on our storage plans around OneDrive for Business. We also recognize we are disappointing customers who expected unlimited storage across every Office 365 plan, and I want to apologize for not meeting your expectations. We are committed to earning your business every day by delivering a great productivity and collaboration service,” he wrote.

Unlike the response to the cuts in the Home and Personal plans, reactions to the business plans increases from personal plan users has been muted on social media so far.

SP Marketplace Document Migration

Office 365 portal developer SP Marketplace this week release SP DataManager, a Microsoft Excel add-in that can retrieve, clean and migrate SharePoint data and documents. 

DataManager transforms Excel into a SharePoint data and document management powerhouse using Excel to scrub, clean and map data to a list or library in SharePoint.

Designed for business power users, it goes beyond the native capabilities in SharePoint to update, insert and append data to SharePoint lists. It also empowers users to migrate data, either externally or from SharePoint, into SharePoint applications.

It does that by exporting data into Excel and mapping the data to the SharePoint list columns. It also enables Excel to be used as a list archive.

Barracuda Cloud Archiving Service

Barracuda Networks announced the release of a Cloud Archiving Service, which works with Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Office 365 and other on-premises and hybrid cloud environments.

Built on its Message Archiver platform, it offers several new productivity features, including mobile applications for end users to search and retrieve email at any time from any device.

In a statement, the company called the development of Cloud Archiving as part of its mission to offer enterprises the ability to manage all their content and data when working in Office 365.

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The new service provides search and discovery capabilities outside of the operational environment within a separate, secure archive copy of the data.

It also includes integration with Microsoft Outlook on Windows, and native applications for Macs, iOS and Android devices.

Madison E-Signature Processes

Madison Wyatt just announced the release of EFT Agree, which is more of an electronic signature process than an electronic signature. It can be used to authorize recurring payments while a customer is on the phone.

More importantly, the combination of EFT Agree’s processes meet the requirements of an electronic signature, as defined by the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (E-SIGN).

While just being introduced to the general marketplace, the EFT Agree product has been in existence since 2013. Early adopters report significantly higher recovery rates than they were experiencing previously, Madison claimed in a statement.

Darrell McCormick, director of operations at Madison Wyatt, noted in a statement that the EFT Agree process does not expose any personally identifiable information, reducing the risks associated with PCI compliance.

Collabora And LibreOffice

Collabora, the architect of LibreOffice Online, announced the release of CODE (Collabora Online Development Edition), a distribution of LibreOffice Online and ownCloud Server.

CODE offers interested developers a way to get early access to the latest additions and updates to LibreOffice Online.

This release also marks the start of a partnership between Collabora and ownCloud, an enterprise file sync and share solution. The partnership will deliver a combined commercial solution based on an integration between Collabora CloudSuite — a trio of online, mobile and desktop office productivity products — combined with ownCloud Server.