OneDrive Changes: Second Round

obrBy Betsy — Last Updated: 26 Apr'16 2016-04-25T19:26:46+00:00

Setting off a renewed round protests from customers, Microsoft is notifying them of the next step, concerning the OneDrive changes first announced in November 2016.

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Notices have been or are being emailed, to users who opted-in by the deadline and those who did not. The company has started notifying users, that in July this year, the storage amount for free plans will decrease from 15GB to 5GB.

They also stated the 15GB camera roll bonus is going to be discontinued.

OneDrive Changes: First Rounds

In November, Microsoft announced OneDrive changes to storage, setting off protests from numerous users, the changes included:

  • Unlimited storage discontinued for Office 365 Home, Personal and University subscribers
  • 100GB and 200GB paid plans were discontinued for new users
  • Free OneDrive storage was decreased from 15GB to 5GB
  • The 15GB camera roll storage was also discontinued

In December, the company tweaked the revised plan to try to appease the protesters.

Those adjustments were made to Office 365 Home, Personal and University, who would still retained 1TB of storage, subscribers who received unlimited storage, would keep it for at least 12 months.

A full refund would be available for customers unhappy with the changes in storage amount.

A new offer for “loyal advocates,” allows them to keep their 15GB of OneDrive storage. It also allowed them to keep the 15GB camera roll bonus.  

OneDrive Changes: Second Round

Users who signed up by the January deadline, were told their accounts would not be affected. They will continue to have 15GB of storage, plus the 15GB camera roll bonus.  

An apology for the inconvenience was also included. 

Users received a reminder notice, stating they will have only have 5GB henceforth. Users with more, were told their files will become read-only in July, though they will have some months to download files, after which, files may be deleted.

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$ 23 88yearly
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$ 69 99yearly
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Comes with Office 365 Personal.

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Unlimited OneDrive storage.

Comes with full Office 365 suite.

For users who can not or do not wish to pare down their files, to the new limit, a new plan is available offering 50 GB for $1.99 a month. The exact July date varies, as notices were sent out in batches.

Users can check their storage usage at the  Manage Storage Page.

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