Microsoft Lifts 2GB Limit, Adds Ability To Search For ‘Sensitive Data’ On OneDrive

There's a bit of an arms race going on in the cloud, with services like OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox continually adding new features and options. Last week it was Dropbox that made a major move by consolidating its three paid subscription option into a single plan with more storage, and this week it's Microsoft that's bring about changes to its OneDrive service.

One of those changes is happening on the down-low. You may have noticed that you can now upload files larger than 2GB to your OneDrive account. That's because Microsoft has started dropping file size limits this weekend as it looks to do away with an old restriction that really isn't necessary in today's landscape.

While there was no official announcement of the change, Omar Shahine, a Group Program Manager for Microsoft, addressed the issue in a forum post a couple of weeks ago when a OneDrive user asked about the file size limit. He said, "It's not arbitrary. It's simply an old limit that we've been working on removing for far too long now. The good news is that we are actively working on this."


Microsoft also added the ability to search for sensitive content in both SharePoint and OneDrive documents. Sensitive data can include things like credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, customer information, patents, confidential documents, and more. The Redmond outfit is being a bit more vocal about this change.

"Searching for sensitive content in SharePoint and OneDrive is now available worldwide for your use in your Office 365 environment. With this new capability, you can be better informed about what and where sensitive documents exist in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. And having this information will help you work better with content owners to ensure protection of sensitive data," Microsoft stated in a blog post.

Microsoft says it plans to add additional capabilities later this year, including the ability to create policies that automatically detect sensitive content and apply protection.