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Apr 12, 2001

Microsoft tonight announced that it was making changes to its OneDrive cloud storage services, reducing the amount of storage both Office 365 and free users are granted and eliminating its unlimited option. The company says that the changes were needed to "ensure that we can continue to deliver a collaborative, connected and intelligent service."

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.
Office 365 Home, Personal and University subscribers will no longer have access to unlimited storage. Instead, these users will be limited to 1 TB of storage. The 100 GB and 200 GB plans are being eliminated for new users and will be replaced with a 50 GB plan for $1.99 a month, which will launch in early 2016. Free OneDrive users will see their storage decreased from 15 GB to 5 GB, with the 15 GB camera roll storage bonus also being eliminated. These changes will also roll out in early 2016.

Microsoft says it wants to make the transition for its users as easy as possible, outlining the steps its taking to notify users of the change. Office 365 subscribers that have more than 1 TB of storage will be notified and will be allowed to keep their increased storage for 12 months. Office 365 customers who no longer desire the service because of the change will be given a pro-rated refund. Free users who have used more than 5 GB of storage will have access to all their files for 12 months after the changes go into effect in early 2016 and will receive a free one-year subscription to Office 365. Individual OneDrive subscribers to the 100 GB and 200 GB plans will not be affected.

In June 2014, Microsoft boosted its storage plans for OneDrive, bumping Office 365 subscribers from 20 GB to 1 TB before adding unlimited storage in October 2014. The company also increased storage of its free service from 7 GB to 15 GB while also decreasing prices for the 100 GB and 200 GB plans.

At its "Hey Siri" event this year, Apple announced price reductions for its own cloud storage service, iCloud Drive. 5 GB of iCloud storage is free while 50 GB is priced at 99 cents per month, 200 GB is $2.99 per month and 1 TB is $9.99 per month.

Article Link: Microsoft Reduces OneDrive Storage for Office 365 and Free Users, Eliminates Unlimited Option
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macrumors 6502
Oct 3, 2009
OneDrive was never unlimited as there were rather large limitations on the individual file sizes one could have. That said, I'm cancelling my subscription. There's no reason to invest in a cloud storage where the managers are ok with limiting capacities when convenient. It makes no sense as a customer, why invest?


macrumors 6502
Sep 24, 2015
"...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."

Pure gold. This internet, I tell you...


macrumors newbie
Jul 12, 2012
I deem this a classless act from Microsoft, especially for reducing free user's storage from 15GB to 5GB. I did not use that much space and I am glad I did not. But I am sure many people will be put off by this. The inconvenience caused and the broken promise just really inconceivable for me.


macrumors 68000
Oct 17, 2011
Meanwhile Apple just raised the amount of storage per dollar for iCloud.


Apple makes their money on hardware, so offering more storage on iCloud is a no-brainer to drive more sales to iThings. Microsoft hopes to get more in that direction of hardware sales to becomes less reliant on cloud-service revenue.
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macrumors 68000
Oct 17, 2011
The proof is in the pudding right? If Microsoft suffers a decrease in Office 365 Home subscriptions the next 2 quarters you can all crow about this move as THE point that YOU were all right!

Otherwise... **** and don't pretend you understand more about MS' business than they do.
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macrumors member
Jun 30, 2015
Regardless of what you think about people "abusing" unlimited storage reducing the storage on the free tier from 30GB to 5GB is a low blow. They aren't doing it to save costs, they're doing it to upsell you on an Office 365 subscription.


macrumors 6502a
Jul 11, 2009
So please explain me once again why you are entitled to free 75TB of storage at Microsoft's expense.

You were entitled to it when it was unlimited because microsoft didnt factor in how ridiculous the outliners might be. Now they have factored it in, changed their plans, and you are no longer entitled to 75TB of storage. Its no big deal. Microsoft wear the big pants, and make decisions for their own bottom line.

But why do you immediately presume someone not trusting microsoft to snoop on your cloud data, would think the others are any better? Some of us are pessimistic enough to not trust any of them, and have little to no emotional attachment to these mega-corporations.
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