Microsoft downgrades its OneDrive and Office 365 Storage Plans – Full Details

These are big changes by Microsoft. No more unlimited storage on Office 365. The free 15gb OneDrive storage reduces to 5gb. 15gb free camera roll storage bonus is ended. The free lunch has ended. Microsoft wants your money. If there was one reason left to use Microsoft it was the storage options, but these have gone now. To only provide 5gb now is a poor show. To penalise all users when apparently only a small percentage were abusing the system is stupid.

We’re making changes to OneDrive storage plans for consumers and are committed to making this transition as smooth as possible.

Since 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.

Here are the changes:

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.

We’re taking the following steps to make this transition as easy as possible for customers:

– If you are an Office 365 consumer subscriber and have stored in excess of 1 TB, you will be notified of this change and will be able to keep your increased storage for at least 12 months.
– If you are an Office 365 consumer subscriber and find that Office 365 no longer meets your needs, a pro-rated refund will be given. To learn more visit the FAQ.
– If you are using more than 5 GB of free storage, you will continue to have access to all files for at least 12 months after these changes go into effect in early 2016. In addition, 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 (such as a 100 or 200 GB plans) are not affected by these changes.
– OneDrive has always been designed to be more than basic file storage and backup. These changes are needed to ensure that we can continue to deliver a collaborative, connected, and intelligent service. They will allow us to continue to innovate and make OneDrive the best option for people who want to be productive and do more.

Additional information can be found at the FAQ, and we will continue to update it throughout the transition.

Source – Microsoft One Drive Team Blog


One thought on “Microsoft downgrades its OneDrive and Office 365 Storage Plans – Full Details

  1. Gavin,

    Thanks for sharing this info. I use OneDrive to store all my Hi-Res albums. Kinda sux that they’re doing this. I guess I’ll have to do the $1.99/mo option (for a total of 105 GBs), though I’m gonna hold off AS LONG as I can before I upgrade, which means I got about 13-15 months before I lose the majority of my 30 GBs (the other 15 GBs are from my “camera roll bonus”) for good. lol

    And F Microsoft for actually going through this! lol


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