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Microsoft cuts OneDrive free storage to 5GB, Unlimited to 1TB. Offers ‘Free’ 1 year Office 365.

| November 3, 2015 | 2 Replies

Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 16.07.32The OneDrive blog says they’re cutting down the storage for OneDrive users. From up to 30GB to 5GB and from unlimited to 1TB.

https://blog.onedrive.com/onedrive_changes/

Why? Because some users supposedly uploaded up to 75TB of data on their unlimited accounts. In order to focus on the majority of users or having a common sense thought of possibly imposing a higher cap on those limited amount of users, everybody else.

They keep on advertising all of this FREE or EXTRA storage. For uploading via camera roll or getting other software. Now they’re taking it away?

It kinda feels like they wowed users in with that and then when it backfired, just snatched it back. After paying them billions for Nokia D&S, can the remaining Nokia bits in Finland just snatch back most of what they got paid for please? 🙂

Reddit’s r/windowsphone users don’t seem best pleased, especially when there’s already a dwindling amount of reason to be using WP the way Microsoft is going at it with device and update times.

https://www.reddit.com/r/windows/comments/3ravzy/onedrive_changes_means_you_free_30gb_could_go/

I really like all that extra space from OneDrive. I got my family to backing up their photos to OneDrive, especially when they upped free storage. I started paying extra monthly for more storage until I realised it was cheaper for me at the time to get the student university office 365 (and getting the latest office for 2 devices in the process). I’m no way near using even the 1tb, but I had contemplated backing up the rest of my other photo collection on there (well when I can find a stable connection).

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Maybe, if Microsoft is trying to focus on quality they could sort out the way that camera roll blindly uploads everything so when you get passed a certain size, it’s unusable. The browser client is so slow and you can’t scroll to particular dates to find a photo.

It seems Microsoft just isn’t able to cope with all the storage. The 100GB and 200GB plans that people OPT TO PAY FOR are being cut to just 50GB. So when 1.99 got you 100GB before, now you get 50GB. I get the limited time offer bonuses with time limitations on them (e.g. one year). That’s what actually got me to pay for onedrive initially as I realised when the time offer finished, I would have exceeded my normal free allowance.

So now, if you have 50GB+ when you might have had 70GB, well you’re just gonna have to get Office 365. Or do you. What if you just upped and left Microsoft all together if you’re still being asked to pay for storage? The grass isn’t immediately greener pricing wise. Microsoft’s actually one of if not previous the best value one.

And it’s not all completely doom and gloom. Current subscribers for 100GB and 200GB aren’t affected.

If you already use over 5GB, you can redeem 1 year office 365 and get free storage (likely in the hope of getting you on board office 365 after that). I guess at least office 365 isn’t primarily about storage, there is all that “office” stuff of course :p. In the UK that’s worth £59.99 for the year.

  • If you are using more than 5 GB of free storage, you will continue to have access to all files for at least 12 months after these changes go into effect in early 2016. In addition, you can redeem a free one-year Office 365 Personal subscription (credit card required), which includes 1 TB of OneDrive storage.

  • Current customers of standalone OneDrive storage plans (such as a 100 or 200 GB plans) are not affected by these changes.

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