Microsoft Changes OneDrive Storage Plans, Removes Unlimited Option

Posted on November 3, 2015

Microsoft has announced that it is changing its OneDrive storage plans. The changes include the end of unlimited storage for Office 365 Home, Personal, or University subscribers. These users will get 1TB of OneDrive storage instead.

Microsoft blamed a small number of users for exploiting the service. The company says in a blog post, "Oince we started to roll out unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 consumer subscribers, a small number of users backed up numerous PCs and stored entire movie collections and DVR recordings. In some instances, this exceeded 75 TB per user or 14,000 times the average. Instead of focusing on extreme backup scenarios, we want to remain focused on delivering high-value productivity and collaboration experiences that benefit the majority of OneDrive users."

OneDrive says the 100 GB and 200 GB paid plans are going away as an option for new users and will be replaced with a 50 GB plan for $1.99 per month in early 2016. Free OneDrive storage will decrease from 15 GB to 5 GB for all users. The 15 GB camera roll storage bonus will be discontinued. These changes will start rolling out in early 2016.

The OneDrive Blog has posted a FAQ about the storage changes here.

The Verge thinks the reduction in storage Microsoft is offering will cause it lose customers.

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