Wednesday 28 September 2016

Microsoft scraps unlimited OneDrive storage

Emma Clark

Published 03/11/2015 | 11:00

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Microsoft is killing off its offer of unlimited OneDrive storage because a small number of users have been backing up everything that they possibly could.

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Microsoft is no longer offering unlimited OneDrive storage to Office 365 subscribers because a “small number” of users abused this generosity.

Microsoft wrote a post stating that some users “backed up numerous PCs and stored entire movie collections and DVR recordings.” In some instances, according to Microsoft, this exceeded 75TB per user.

That’s a far cry from unlimited, but it’s clearly not what Microsoft intended.

Now, users will get 5GB of free OneDrive storage. Office 365 Home, Personal, or University subscribers will get 1TB of OneDrive storage instead of the unlimited storage space that they had.

Meanwhile, the 100GB and 200GB subscription tiers have been scrapped, replaced by a 50GB tier that costs $1.99 per month.

Users exceeding 1TB will be able to keep their files for at least 12 months. Those unhappy with the changes will be able to get a refund.

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