OneDrive is actually being used

by Volker Weber

It's quite simple to offer everyone free unlimited storage, when nobody is using it. That has been the case for OneDrive for quite some time. But things are changing. People are filling up that storage and Microsoft has to move.

We’re no longer planning to offer unlimited storage to Office 365 Home, Personal, or University subscribers. Starting now, those subscriptions will include 1 TB of OneDrive storage. 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, current and new. The 15 GB camera roll storage bonus will also be discontinued. These changes will start rolling out in early 2016.

Those 15 + 15 GB of storage have always been enough for me. 5 GB would not be and I would have to pay up for the 50 GB plan. But I don't see myself filling up my 1 TB of Office 365 storage.

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I read a tweet stating something along the lines of 'Onedrive has become from one of the best services to just another one'. Not because of 'unlimited', this was always nonsense, but because of 30GB free to 5GB free - this hurts and is a grave mistake, IMO. People will not start using and then paying for it this way. They will discard it in the first place, and even ditch it for feeling messed with. Even worse is to impose that limit to existing accounts.

Personally I don't care, as I am an office 365 subscriber anyway, but I can see several friends caring. Microsoft is indeed generating a revenue stream - directed at Apple.

Hubert Stettner, 2015-11-03 11:25

Interesting: Microsoft knows what is taking up so much space - movie collections and dvr recordings.

I say: do not store your data somewhere where it can be accessed without your knowledge by a 3rd party - even if it's the storage provider.

Daniel Kirstenpfad, 2015-11-03 14:28

Which storage provider are you using. And does it pass the mud puddle test?

Volker Weber, 2015-11-03 16:13

What is the mud puddle test?

Jens Nullmeyer, 2015-11-03 18:57

Rule of thumb: before asking, try Google once. ;-)

Volker Weber, 2015-11-03 19:45

For geeks there's EncFS, but that makes it hard on a mobile device

Stephan H. Wissel, 2015-11-06 04:17

I checked the TOS for my Office 365 “unlimited” storage, could find no limits, and started backing up everything in sight to OneDrive via Arq.

It’s so slow, “unlimited” is a purely academic matter anyway.

After uploading 24/7 for over half a year, I’ve managed to fill 2 TB.

I didn’t ask for unlimited storage, Microsoft, you offered it to me. Care to honor your promises?

Chris Ferebee, 2015-11-07 19:41

Keep your current storage. https://preview.onedrive.com/bonus/

Vitor Pereira, 2015-12-15 07:49

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