No more unlimited OneDrive storage for Office 365 subscribers, free cloud space downgraded

Microsoft’s latest OneDrive cloud storage offers always seemed too good to be true, and alas, just over a year after their introduction, they’re no longer available on the Google and Dropbox-eclipsing terms.

Effective immediately, Office 365 Home, Personal, and University subscribers return to capped OneDrive plans. Apparently, Redmond didn’t appreciate that a “small number of users” backed up 75TB+ data on its servers, including non-essential stuff like “entire movie collections.”

HD porn action film hoarders thus have 12 months to choose what stays and goes in their cloud accounts, with the unlimited bar lowered to “just” 1 terabyte at the end of the grace period. Unhappy about the change? Refunds should be fairly easy to get if you follow the instructions provided at the source link below.

But beware, Google Drive and Dropbox don’t offer similar “premium” tiers of service with limitless storage. Plus, 1TB will cost you $9.99 a month at both Microsoft rivals, while the lowest Office 365 pledge is $6.99, and obviously also gives you access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote.

Unfortunately, two other changes are to be enforced in “early 2016” to OneDrive allotments and prices, and these might enrage users a lot more. “Current and new” OneDrivers shall soon get only 5 instead of 15GB of free cloud room, with the 15GB camera roll bonus discontinued, and both 100 and 200GB paid plans canceled in favor of a single 50GB deal available for $1.99 a month.

How do these compare with the competition? Not very favorably, as Google lets you feast on 15 gigs of depository space for no charge, asking $2 a month for 100GB. Are you sure you thought this through, Microsoft?

Source: The OneDrive Blog

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