Microsoft has just declared that it is drastically reducing the size of the OneDrive storage for its Office 365 users and free users. So if you have been relentlessly saving files on your OneDrive storage, perhaps this would be the right time to take stock of how much data you have uploaded and how much you are allowed to keep there before the extra space that you are using gets deleted. This may also be a good time to review the license you have with Microsoft (click here for Office 365 License Management) to make sure the price you are paying for Office 365 takes this change into account.
Microsoft has decided to cut down its cloud storage service. According to this latest OneDrive blog post, If you signed up for the Office 365 Home, Personal or University account you will be unpleasantly surprised to know that you no longer have the 75 TB OneDrive storage option. Microsoft is taking this step because many users have uploaded their entire collections of PCs, movies and DVR collections over their OneDrive storage accounts. According to the update, Microsoft is
- No longer planning to offer unlimited storage to Office 365 Home, Personal and University subscribers. The subscription now will include a 1 TB of OneDrive storage.
- No longer offering the 100 GB and 200 GB paid plans to new users and these will be replaced by 50 GB plan for $1.99 per month – this will take affect in early 2016.
- Decreasing free OneDrive storage from 15 GB to 5 GB for all users, current and new. The 15 GB camera roll storage bonus is also being discontinued. Again, this may take effect in early 2016.
Of course these won’t take place suddenly and you will be given ample amount of time to bring the size of your stored data to the level of the storage space available to you. According to Microsoft update
- If you are an Office 365 subscriber and have stored more than 1 TB you will be notified of this change; you will be able to keep your increased storage for at least 12 months.
- If you think that these changes are not suitable to your needs a pro-rated refund will be given.
- If you’re using more than 5 gigabytes of free space you will continue to have access to all your files for at least 12 months. Additionally, 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 (for example 100 or 200 GB plans) are not affected by these changes.
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