May 8, 2016

Microsoft OneDrive Downsizing Free Storage from 15GB to 5GB

Microsoft OneDrive is a widely used cloud storage platform which provides free and paid plans to its business and individual customers. OneDrive provides a platform to share photos, videos, and office documents with your friends, family and colleagues. OneDrive previously offered 15GB of free cloud storage space to free users and unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 subscribers. Last year in November, Microsoft announced that it will downsize its storage plans but didn’t announce the date for it.

Now, Microsoft has finally announced that it is downsizing OneDrive’s free storage from 15GB to 5GB starting from early 2016. All the existing and new free users will be able to access the only 5GB of the free cloud storage space. Microsoft also announced that it will also be ending unlimited cloud storage for Office 365. Users will not be able to use unlimited storage and will only be able to access 1TB of cloud storage space. The reason for this downsizing, according to Microsoft, is that a few customers are using more than 75TB of the cloud storage. These clients have backed up their multiple PCs and also have stored entire movie collections on OneDrive.



Microsoft made different changes in OneDrive plans to increase productivity and collaboration. The changes made by Microsoft in OneDrive are:

  • Free OneDrive Storage is going to downsize from 15GB to 5GB for all new and old users.
  • The bonus 15GB camera roll cloud storage will be discontinued.
  • For office 365 users, the unlimited storage will not be offered anymore and 1TB of cloud storage space will be offered.
  • Additional plans of 100GB and 200GB are also going to be replaced by 50GB paid plan. Microsoft will offer 50GB plan for only $1.99 per month.

Microsoft also provides guidelines for customers who have data more than 5GB in free storage plan to save their data. Microsoft said that the clients, who have more than 5GB of cloud storage in use, will be notified of the changes and will be given at least 12 months to keep their increased storage. After 12 months, the account will be closed, if the customer doesn’t take any action. Same sort of conditions apply for office 365 users where the clients who have more than 1TB of data stored in their account will be notified and will be given 12 months to access their increased storage but they will not be able to add anything.

I received below email from Microsoft yesterday.

Changes to OneDrive

We want to let you know about some upcoming changes to OneDrive. On August 10, 2016, the amount of storage that comes with OneDrive will change from 15 GB to 5 GB. We are also discontinuing the 15 GB camera roll bonus. You can learn more at our FAQ.
There is no action you need to take, because your OneDrive account is currently below the new storage limits. Even though you aren't currently affected, we want to keep you updated on all important changes to OneDrive. If you'd like to check your account, you can visit the Storage page.
We realize these are big changes to a service you rely on. We want to apologize for any inconvenience they may cause you. We made a difficult decision, but it's one that will let us sustainably operate OneDrive into the future.
Thank you for using OneDrive.
– The OneDrive Team

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