Courtesy of Mary Jo Foley for All About Microsoft
Microsoft has a new OneDrive-for-Business compete offer for organizations which currently use some of its rivals’ cloud storage services.
Microsoft is taking aim at several of its cloud-storage competitors with a new OneDrive compete offer.
Starting today, February 6, Microsoft is enabling businesses with 500 users or more to get OneDrive for Business for free for the duration of their contracts with Google, Box, or Dropbox. Qualified users — who must be new and not existing OneDrive for Business/Office 365 customers — have until June 30 to take advantage of the deal.
A bit of fine print worth noting: “Enterprise Agreement/Enterprise Agreement Subscription (EA/EAS), will receive a free trial for the remaining term of their Box, Dropbox, or Google contract. Customers with EA/EAS can add the Microsoft product to their EA/EAS at no charge unless and until the remaining term of the Box, Dropbox, or Google contract is less than the term of the EA/EAS, at which point the cost of the Microsoft product will be pro-rated over the term of the EA/EAS.”
Microsoft is touting OneDrive for Business’ cost, user interface, personalized search, security, and integration with Office 365 as competitive advantages. Microsoft officials said there are currently more than 350,000 organizations using OneDrive. Officials also note that by using a cloud-storage service that is pre-integrated with other Microsoft services, customers who go with OneDrive will have fewer vendors to manage.