2016 has not been a good year for Microsoft OneDrive users. The storage plans have been changed and none of them were changed for good. Last year, in the month of November, the company had announced new plans where it was clearly stated that OneDrive free cloud storage plan would soon be removed.
Other changes like 100 and 200 GB paid plans to be replaced with a 50GB plan and no unlimited storage plan for Office 365 Home, Personal, or University subscribers were also announced. What was not announced was the date. Now the date is out. From July 27, the OneDrive free cloud storage will be reduced from 15GB to 5GB. That’s a lot, isn’t it?
Last November when the plan changes were announced, the OneDrive team had said, “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.” The team had also claimed that a small number of users are misusing the OneDrive free cloud storage by storing entire movie collections and DVR on the platform.
If you are one of those OneDrive free cloud storage users who keep yourself updated about the service’s news then this plan change might not be completely a bad news for you as Microsoft was allowing users to keep their 15GB even after the new plan comes into effect by visiting a special page. This was allowed for a limited time period. If you have already missed this then all you can do now is change your plan. As Microsoft writes on its OneDrive page, “Get started with 5 GB for free. If you need more space, get 50 GB for just $1.99 a month.” So, if 5GB is not something you can survive with, you will have to pay $1.99/per month for 50GB.
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