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Microsoft pushes free OneDrive service to businesses
February 11, 2018, 1:01 pm

Microsoft aims to woo business customers from competing cloud services such as Box, Dropbox, and Google Drive to switch to its own OneDrive cloud storage by offering free storage for up to three years. The three-year free period is intended to allow customers of competing services to pay off their existing contracts when switching to OneDrive. Microsoft also says its dedicated FastTrack team will work with any new customers to help in the migration process from rival services. The deal, which remains active until 30 June of this year, is only valid for businesses that are not currently OneDrive customers and are willing to commit to a 500-user minimum.

Getting a company to move to OneDrive for storage or Office 365 for productivity is probably Microsoft’s first step in converting an organization to more lucrative contracts like Azure for hosting or infrastructure and locking them into the Microsoft ecosystem.

Cloud computing remains Microsoft’s fastest growing revenue segment and the most promising new money maker among all its divisions. The Azure, Office 365, and OneDrive platforms are the driving forces behind CEO Satya Nadella’s long-term vision for the company in a world in which PC sales have shrunk and software like Office apps and the Windows operating system are either given away for free or sold through a subscription.

Shortly after he first took on the CEO role back in 2014, Nadella set a $20 billion-per-year milestone for Microsoft’s cloud computing division to be hit by 2018. The company hit that milestone with time to spare last fall. 

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