Microsoft was offering free unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 subscribers, but now it has announced new plans for OneDrive. Read on for details.
The OneDrive team on November 2 announced changes made in the plans on the company’s official blog dedicated to cloud storage. According to the team, with free usage, a small number of users stored entire DVR and movie collections on the platform. This exceeded 75TB per user. Explaining why the company decided to change the plan, the team wrote in the post referring to the misuse of the unlimited storage. “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.” This makes sense as well.
The team also posted the changes they made to the plans so subscribers know what they are going to get hereon. The changes are as follows:
1. There will be no unlimited storage plan for Office 365 Home, Personal, or University subscribers. Those subscriptions will now include 1TB of OneDrive Storage
2. 100GB and 200GB paid plans will be replaced with a 50GB plan. This will cost users $1.99 per month
3. Free OneDrive storage will be reduced to 5GB from 15GB. This will be applicable to existing as well as new users.
The OneDrive team has promised to make the transition hassle-free for all of its subscribers. If your existing storage is exceeding 1TB, Microsoft plans to notify you and keep your excess data accessible for one year. The good news is that the standalone OneDrive storage plans are not going to get affected by this new plan. You can also read the changes in detail on the OneDrive blog.