Moving data is easy, right? You drag, you drop, it moves, but when working with cloud storage, things get a bit more complicated. Not only do you have to worry about the target disk, but also bandwidth and file size.
To help alleviate some of the file transfer headaches, Microsoft is increasing file upload size in Microsoft 365 from 100GB to 250GB. This includes file uploads into SharePoint, Teams, and OneDrive. This feature will start rolling out at the end of January with general availability reached by the end of the quarter.
The company says that they achieved this by optimizing their storage for upload performance; this has allowed them to make this file size increase. In short, you can worry a little bit less about moving large files like 3D animations and CAD files but the challenges of working with large files are still not fully solved.
But, not trying to be too pessimistic, larger file uploads is a good thing for Microsoft 365 and at the scale that this service reaches, it’s not a simple update and takes significant engineering to be able to turn on this functionality for millions of users. As with all things cloud, this feature is rolling out slowly and should arrive in your tenant in the next couple of months.