Bad news for Office 365 Home, Personal or University subscribers: Microsoft is no longer offering unlimited OneDrive cloud storage for those customers. The company has made changes to its free OneDrive storage plan for standalone users as well.
OneDrive is Microsoft’s version of Google Drive and Dropbox, giving users cloud storage space. In a bid to reel in more users, Microsoft had previously offered unlimited OneDrive cloud storage to Office 365 consumer customers and more recently, you’ll find the service baked right into the Windows 10 operating system.
For Office 365 consumer customers, Microsoft noted that it saw a small number of users push the storage service to its limits, backing up numerous PCs and uploading entire movie collections and TV show recordings (which they had every right to do). It seems Microsoft has had enough and is now retiring the unlimited storage option.
Office 365 Home, Personal or University subscribers will now get 1TB of OneDrive storage instead. If you think this is a crap arrangement and no longer wish to be an Office 365 user, a pro-rated refund will be given to you by Microsoft. You can find out more here.
The changes don’t stop there. All other OneDrive users will have their free storage quota reduced from 15GB to 5GB. The 15GB camera roll storage bonus has been given the boot as well and these changes will come into effect in early 2016.
Microsoft is offering a consolation prize. If you’ve already blasted through 5GB of your free OneDrive storage, you can still access all your files for the 12 months after the changes roll in and you can also redeem a free one-year Office 365 Personal subscription, which will give you 1TB of storage.
[VIa Microsoft OneDrive Blog]