Microsoft drops OneDrive quotas – users upset

Microsoft recently modified the quotes and pricing for their OneDrive service which because they found out a small group of users were abusing the disk space.

The most famous [well now it is] had one user swallowing 75TB – yes terabytes – of storage that included full copies of music CDs, DVDs and backups of multiple computers. Now if you do the calculation, 75 TB is the equivalent of 1500 – 50TB Blu-ray discs. Wow!

Microsoft says the average usage is 5.4GB of files in OneDrive – whether documents, music, video or other files.

Just over a year ago, Microsoft announced that office 365 subscribers would get unlimited storage. Subscribers were very happy. But sometime earlier this year the process of upgrading Office 365 Home, Personal and University accounts stopped without any explanation.

According to the Microsoft OneDrive team, the following storage options will be modified:

  • Office 365 subscribers will drop from unlimited storage to 1TB. If over that amount, subscribers will have a year to drop below 1TB. If it no longer fits their needs will be offered a pro-rated refund for the balance of their subscription. [Good luck to the owner of 75TB of storage to drop to 1TB!]
  • 100 GB and 200 GB subscription plans are gone and will be replaced with a 50GB option for $1.99 per month. This will begin in early 2016. Current subscribers are unaffected and will be allowed to maintain these subscriptions. Unsure for how long though.
  • The 15GB of free OneDrive storage will drop to 5GB for those current and new Microsoft Accounts. This also begins in early 2016. Once in effect you will have a year to drop to 5GB.
  • The 15GB Camera Roll bonus will be discontinued in early 2016.

If your storage allowance is lowered you should not lose access to your files on the service. But you won’t be able to store any new files until you drop under the totals.

Just like adding storage space [such as going unlimited for Office 365 subscribers], Microsoft can drop the quota. I have not looked but I suspect it is in their terms of service. Those with free accounts can’t do too much – it’s free. Those paying, possibly could, but good luck, as they agreed to the terms when signing up.

Wonder of the competitors will take advantage – although I don’t think they’ll offer 75TB of storage.


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