• Microsoft Eliminates Unlimited Tiers for OneDrive Storage and Downgrades Other Options



    Microsoft appears to be making sweeping downgrades to its OneDrive cloud storage services with the most important change being the elimination of unlimited tiers for Office 365 subscribers. These users will now be limited to 1 TB of storage according to Microsoft’s recent blog post. According to Microsoft, the “small number of users” who were leveraging the space to upload PC backups, DVR records or whole movie collections are to blame for the change. Microsoft explained the following regarding the matter:

    In some instances, this exceeded 75 TB per user or 14,000 times the average.
    The company continued to explain that Office 365 subscribers who are already over the 1 TB limit will be able to keep their current storage for another 12 months or alternatively receive a pro-rated refund.

    Aside from the elimination of unlimited tiers, the company is also scaling back its free tier from 15 gigabytes to 5 and getting rid of an associated 15 GB camera roll bonus. Once these changes take effect in early 2016, users that have more than 5 GB uploaded will be able to keep their files for 12 months and get one free year of Office 365. In a separate move, the 100 GB and 200 GB plans are being eliminated for new users in favor of a 50 GB option that will cost $1.99 per month, which is set to launch in the beginning of 2016. People who are currently subscribed to either of the 100 GB or 200 GB plans will be able to hold onto them going forward.

    Those of you who use Apple’s iCloud equivalent will note that the company only offers 5 GB of free storage. The Cupertino California company does offer a 50 GB plan for 99 cents per month and a 200 GB plan for $2.99. A larger 1 TB plan sells for $9.99 which will cost a user an extra $3 more than Microsoft’s offering which also bundles in Office 365.

    Google on the other hand offers 15 GB for free or 100 GB for $1.99. There is a 1 TB plan which costs the same price as that of Apples but Google takes it one step further and offers 10 TB, 20 TB and a 30 TB option which cost up to $299.99 per month.

    The other major player in the market, Dropbox, is the most restrictive of the major cloud services. Dropbox only offers two plans for individuals, with 2 GB for free and a 1 TB option offered at $9.99 per month or $99 per year. It should be noted that people can gain up to 16 GB of free storage via referrals if they put in the effort to do so.

    Did any of you end up on the short end of the stick with Microsoft’s recent change? If so, how are you tackling a solution to the issue? Share your thoughts below!

    Source: One Drive (blog) via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Microsoft Eliminates Unlimited Tiers for OneDrive Storage and Downgrades Other Options started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Hard drives are cheap. I store my personal data in my house.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      ^^ What he said.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      What did Microsoft expect when they sell an "unlimited" plan...? Did they think no one was going to go over 3TB just to be nice?? Stop saying "unlimited" if that's not what you really want/mean!
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