OneDrive slashes free storage amount by two-thirds

OneDrive slashes free storage amount by two-thirds

Microsoft blames a small number of users, who abused OneDrive’s limitless storage offering then its OneDrive slashes free storage amount by two-thirds. Microsoft has announced that it will no longer provide unlimited OneDrive storage to Office 365 home subscribers and that it’s cutting the amount of free OneDrive storage it provides by a whopping two-thirds. The reason for ditching the unlimited storage, Microsoft says in a blog post, is that “a small number of users” really went for it by backing up multiple PCs, entire movie collections, and DVR recordings to OneDrive. Microsoft says these users’ excessive storage usage amounted to 14,000 times the average. Unlimited OneDrive storage for Office 365 subscribers rolled out just over a year ago in late October 2014. Microsoft says it wants to stop “focusing on extreme backup scenarios” in OneDrive, and turn its attention to “high-value productivity and collaboration experiences that benefit the majority of OneDrive users.” Given the corresponding storage slashes in the lower-cost and free OneDrive tiers, though, the excuse feels like a somewhat offensive PR-speak attempt to cast blame on users rather than saying something along the lines of we messed up by offering too much too cheaply,” or “we offered you loads of free storage to lure you into OneDrive, and we’re taking it away now that you’re firmly settled in our cloud.

Storage limits

Microsoft is reducing all OneDrive storage limits to 1TB for Office 365 Home, Personal, and University subscribers. While the new limit goes into effect, current users will have time to pull their data out of Microsoft’s cloud. Office 365 subscribers have “at least” 12 months to get their data in excess of 1TB out of OneDrive, according to the tech giant. Anyone who only wanted Office 365 for the limitless OneDrive storage can ask for a pro-rated refund for the remainder of their yearly subscription. Office 365 subscribers aren’t the only people getting cuts in their storage limits. In 2016, Intel is also set to release Optane solid-state drives and other 3D XPoint memory media products for servers based on the Skylake architecture.
The first Optane products are expected to be SSDs and memory DIMMs that plug into memory slots. Enthusiast desktop users include gamers, who are typical among the early
adopters of new technology. Gamers may see immediate benefits of the faster storage and memory with Optane products. Intel has demonstrated Optane storage operating at approximately seven times faster than its current SSDs. The underlying 3D XPoint technology breaks the bottlenecks  affecting current memory and storage Intel’s super-fast Optane memory and storage will reach enthusiast PCs first Technology. Intel has said Optane is the most significant memory and storage technology since NAND flash was fist introduced 25 years ago. The 3D XPoint technology is based on technology in which memory cells sit in a three-dimensional mesh. The structure ensures data can be written in small sizes and faster read and write speeds. Starting in 2016, free users will only receive 5GB of free storage, down from 15GB. Microsoft is also discontinuing the 15GB camera roll  storage bonus that allowed mobile users to upload their pictures to OneDrive. Like the free tier, the  Camera roll will stop in early 2016. As with Office 365 subscribers, anyone on the free tier and/or using the camera roll will  have “at least” 12 months to pull their data out of OneDrive and get below the new limit. Microsoft is also doing away with the 100- and 200GB OneDrive paid plans. Instead, it will roll out 50GB of storage for $1.99 per month in early 2016. Anyone needing more storage than that can get 1TB and Office 365 Personal for £5.99 per month. Dropbox and Google Drive charge £7.99 per month for 1TB of storage.

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