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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

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The Battle for Cloud Storage

Yesterday evening I received a notification and an email from DropBox that my HTC 23gb free allowance was due to expire.

The fact that I thought this was a lifetime offer and not 2 years is another matter. The fact that had I known this, I would have created a new Dropbox account with a different email, signed in to my Note 4 with a brand new account and got 50gb free for 2 years. I could have done this with my Note 3 and Samsung S5 and Note Edge. But I didn’t as I thought I had enough space and keeping the same user name was less messy. But alas that was not to be.

So now it was time to throw all my toys out of the pram. It was time to abandon Dropbox forever. Except I couldn’t. Some of my critical apps needed to use Dropbox. So no matter what I decided to do next I could not give it the 2 fingers.

So after knocking back a bottle of whiskey to place me in a better frame of mind (joke) I decided to look at the options available. First option was to pay Dropbox for a Pro account. If you pay upfront for a year this costs £79 for 1 TB of storage. Google also charge the same amount for the same storage space. They also have a 100gb plan for $1.99 a month. About £15 a year and plenty space for me.

And then Donald (@crimsonsky76) emerged with the fact that Microsoft offer 1 TB storage for $99 (same price as the others) but this includes a family subscription to Office365. But that deal can be made better. You can buy a Windows 8.1 Tablet for £79 and get 1 TB data and Office365 included in the price. Add to the fact that OneDrive now have snazzy photo integration and its a superb deal. So with Microsoft I can get a free tablet if I wanted 1 TB data.

So what have I done. Well, as I mentioned I still need Dropbox, so I am in the process of moving files post 2013 to Google Drive including photos. Pre 2013 files can stay with Dropbox as this keeps me under my revised lower storage limit. I have 175gb of free storage with Google which will expire in 12 months approx. At that time, I will reconsider my options.

I omitted Apple Cloud in the above options. One because I don’t have an iPhone currently and secondly because we all know it is the most expensive and not as open as the others.

Flickr was another option banded around. You get 1 TB of free photo storage. I use Flickr but only to upload my favourite photos that I don’t mind sharing. I do not upload my private snaps. If Flickr allowed you to mass download your photos then I might have considered this as a solution.

So what would you have done?

Why did Microsoft offer Samsung $1bn ?

Microsoft is rumoured to have offered Samsung a $1bn deal to continue producing windows phones. But if this is true why would Microsoft offer this incentive?

Simply Samsung has decent manufacturing resources. Also by getting Samsung to manufacture for the Windows Phone platform, android users might be more willing to try and move to a different platform. Also, if Microsoft can draw Samsung away from android, that will weaken that operating system. Google might have to look more to LG and Asus.

So what would be the advantage for Samsung. A huge payout and more domination across another operating system and the ability to destroy its competitors.

Microsoft wins another patent battle against Google’s Motorola

Microsoft’s won another key courtroom victory in its landmark patent case against Google’s Motorola Mobility division.

A federal jury in Seattle late Wednesday found that Motorola failed to license its standard essential patents related to the H.264 video standard and the 802.11 wireless standard on FRAND (fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory) terms in breach of its industry obligation to do so. And it awarded Microsoft about $14.5 million in damages for Motorola’s misstep.

The ruling from the first stage of the case, which found that Microsoft should pay only $1.8 million a year in licensing fees for the patents Motorola was demanding $4 billion for, it’s a precedent-setting victory and embarrassing to Google.

Clearly, the patent value Google thought it was buying from Motorola was not as strong as it first thought. Microsoft seems to be doing really well from licensing agreements over patents with many android phone manufacturers.

Microsoft to buy Nokia

Here’s the link to the press release click here.

And here is the link to the open letter between Elop and Ballmer. click here.

Microsoft has agreed a deal to buy Nokia’s mobile phone business for 5.4bn euros ($7.2bn; £4.6bn).

Nokia will also license its patents and mapping services to Microsoft.

The companies said that the deal would be finalised in early 2014, when about 32,000 Nokia employees will transfer to Microsoft.

Probably the best move Microsoft had left to compete in the mobile space. Explains Bullmer leaving to allow Elop to come back and take charge.

But what we need is quick innovative ideas and great market leading products.

And this move probably ended BlackBerry as we know the company.

Google Shuts Down Microsoft YouTube App, Again

The Microsoft built YouTube app for Windows phones, shut down by Google in May and re-introduced by Microsoft this week, has been shut down by Google again.

A YouTube spokesperson says “Microsoft has not made the browser upgrades necessary to enable a fully-featured YouTube experience, and has instead re-released a YouTube app that violates our Terms of Service.”

Clearly no love lost between these two companies.

Google and Microsoft shares tumble

Google and Microsoft missed their earnings expectations for the second quarter.

Google reported profits of $9.7bn (£6.4bn), up 16% from a year ago but less than analysts were expecting.

Microsoft made $4.5bn in the second quarter, but announced that it would take a $900m charge relating to poor sales of its Surface tablet.

Shares in both  fell by more than 4% in after-hours trading.

Analysts seem to make or break a company nowadays, and yet they have no commercial input in the companies operation.

Win $100,000 with Microsoft

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Microsoft is offering three new programs to encourage and compensate researchers who find vulnerabilities in the company’s software.

The programs include a $100,000 payout for mitigation-bypass vulnerabilities uncovered in its software products, a $50,000 payout on top of this for a solution that will fix the vulnerability, and $11,000 for any bugs found in the preview release of its upcoming Internet Explorer 11 browser software.

There is probably better odds at winning with Microsoft than winning the lottery. Bugs are always present. Winning the lottery is a rare event, unfortunately.

Microsoft and the FBI attack the worlds largest botnets

Reuters reported that Microsoft Corp and the FBI, aided by authorities in more than 80 countries, launched a major assault on one of the world’s biggest cyber crime rings, believed to have stolen more than $500 million from bank accounts over the past 18 months.

Microsoft said its Digital Crimes Unit on Wednesday successfully took down at least 1,000 of an estimated 1,400 malicious computer networks known as the Citadel Botnets.

Citadel infected as many as 5 million PCs around the world and, according to Microsoft, was used to steal from dozens of financial institutions, including: American Express, Bank of America, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, eBay’s PayPal, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase, Royal Bank of Canada and Wells Fargo.

Scary when you think how much and probably how easy digital crime is to undertake.