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Microsoft downgrades free OneDrive storage to 5GB, ends unlimited storage for Office 365 customers

Microsoft has announced radical changes to its OneDrive cloud storage service, ending unlimited storage for Office 365 users. Free storage is also being decreased from 15GB to 5GB for all users. The reason for the scaling back of storage comes after Microsoft found that a few customers were using up to 75TB of cloud storage from a single account:

Since we started to roll out unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 consumer subscribers, a small number of users backed up numerous PCs and stored entire movie collections and DVR recordings. In some instances, this exceeded 75 TB per user or 14,000 times the average.

These are the changes prescribed by Microsoft:

  • We're no longer planning to offer unlimited storage to Office 365 Home, Personal, or University subscribers. Starting now, those subscriptions will include 1 TB of OneDrive storage.
  • 100 GB and 200 GB paid plans are going away as an option for new users and will be replaced with a 50 GB plan for $1.99 per month in early 2016.
  • Free OneDrive storage will decrease from 15 GB to 5 GB for all users, current and new. The 15 GB camera roll storage bonus will also be discontinued. These changes will start rolling out in early 2016.

The Redmond giant has mentioned that customers that exceed the new quotas will have access to their files for at least 12 months, following which it will scale back the storage:

  • If you are an Office 365 consumer subscriber and have stored in excess of 1 TB, you will be notified of this change and will be able to keep your increased storage for at least 12 months.
  • If you are an Office 365 consumer subscriber and find that Office 365 no longer meets your needs, a pro-rated refund will be given. To learn more visit the FAQ.
  • If you are using more than 5 GB of free storage, you will continue to have access to all files for at least 12 months after these changes go into effect in early 2016. In addition, you can redeem a free one-year Office 365 - Personal subscription (credit card required), which includes 1 TB of OneDrive storage.
  • Current customers of standalone OneDrive storage plans (such as a 100 or 200 GB plans) are not affected by these changes.

Microsoft has additional information regarding the changes here (opens in new tab).

Source: OneDrive blog (opens in new tab)

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

164 Comments
  • Well that sucks. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is why we cannot have nice things. And unlimited data for the most part __________________________________________________________________________________-_________________________-____________________
  • This was an excuse to do what they already wanted to do. This move is way too drastic to respond to a few excessive cases. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Right. Posted via the Android Central App
  • SMH some people are assholes. Give an inch they'll take a mile. Reminds me of last week: At a soup restaurant with unlimited bradsticks while you're dining. Then this asshole couple cut the line and filled a bag with all but 4 of the bradsticks in the pan. "The sign say unlimited" was the excuse they verbalized.
  • The problem is using "unlimited" as an advertising term. If you're not going to provide that, don't call it that. With that said, dropping 15GB free down to 5GB free seems like strange move. Surely they could handle people using that space?
  • You still get 15GB free for just using their Photo uploading feature once. So that's still 20GB( or 5GB more than any other free option).
  • Google Photos is unlimited.
  • If you opt for the unlimited storage, Google recompresses your photos to a lower quality.
  • Which only applies to photos higher than 16 MP, and videos higher than 1080p. Anything below that won't be re-compressed. The restrictions don't apply to 99.9% of people.
  • Are you sure? Everything I upload is recompressed. Or, at least, the file I download is not the same file I uploaded (and is smaller). I personally don't care as it's not really noticeable for what I'm using it for, but not sure if we can say it is uncompressed for stuff under 16MP.
  • nvm
  • Is that different than the camera roll bonus? That is being removed as well.
  • AOSPrevails.....Incorrect according to the article....The 15 GB camera roll storage bonus will also be discontinued. These changes will start rolling out in early 2016.
  • Actually if you go to the more info page the 15GB camera upload bonus is going away as well.
  • Most things I've seen say the camera roll bonus is going away.
  • I agree. If they give you unlimited cloud storage, they should be prepared for the people who will actually take their word for it and make the most of their unlimited storage. Same goes with that unlimited data plan that that one US telco was discontinuing because people were using it as advertised. They tell you it's unlimited and get all uppity when you treat it as such. It's stupid. Sony Xperia Z2
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  • What's stupid is thinking that gross misuse of a service is the same thing as "making the most" of something. I am sick and tired of people like you in my generation who look at things the way you do. We go around feeling like we're entitled to everything and not taking accountability for anything. Using 75TB would take EFFORT. No way someone just happens to have 75 TB of data lying around. And if somehow they did, they need to go buy a huge hard drive and store it on their hard drive, or pay a company if they expect them to hold it all in one place. I get the point you're attempting to make, but it's pretty freaking unreasonable. Your point would hold more weight if we were talking about 50 GB or 1 TB even. Heck, maybe 5 TB. But 75 is retarded.
  • No, it isn't unreasonable. If they advertise unlimited, then they mean precisely that: unlimited. Don't act all surprised and/or mad when people actually use the "unlimited" plan. Oh, and FYI: there are no hard drives that big. Odds are is that MS just made this up as an excuse to end the unlimited program.
  • So you're saying that MS lied about it? Moto X 2013 (U.S. Cellular)
  • Although I agree with your overall sentiment, I think it was very stupid of them to advertise unlimited. If there's one thing I've learned, if you offer unlimited anything, you're going to attract the moochers like moths to a flame.
  • If they didn't want you to use unlimited data then don't market it as unlimited. I'm not saying someone probably didn't notice they had 75TB of data but I also know businesses that run there whole backup system to Dropbox because its cheaper and Dropbox doesn't complain.
    If you want to argue the definition of UNLIMITED then congratulations; your corporate America's best friend
  • No, the problem is jacka$$es who do crap like this. I'm sick of people saying the company should have chosen their words differently. That's why we have to have warnings on coffee and hot chocolate that says it's hot. Our stupid generation ruins everything for everyone else, and then goes on to blame someone else for it. It's not the companies fault that spoiled pieces of dog sh** can't use some common courtesy anymore.
  • Coffee is known to be hot. Microsoft said unlimited. You cannot just say that and expect no one to put that to the test. That still doesn't explain cutting back to 5GB. That is the bigger jack ass move as I had a feeling unlimited was "unlimited."
  • Yes coffee is known to be hot. But there are certain jackass McDonald's customers that simply have no common sense. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Was it the McDonald's customers that have no common sense or the judge that awarded the law suit to the plantiff?? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Both! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Agreed. Moto X 2013 (U.S. Cellular)
  • Well said! Except for the unlimited part. If they advertise as unlimited then it's unlimited. If they advertise as unlimited with a cap, then it's not unlimited. You bet your ass if i go into a coffee house that advertises unlimited coffee refills then cap me at 3, their coffee carafe will be permanently imbeded in their wall..... Posted via the Android Central App
  • But is it really reasonable to expect that by saying unlimited they really mean the opposite, limited? Don't get me wrong, 75TB is extreme and more than a little bit stupid but if they are allowed to use as much as they want (unlimited) then I don't see why they are in the wrong. Sony Xperia Z2
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  • Don't infantilize a major corporation. Don't compare bread sticks to a major tech company. It's disgusting when a major company acts like they are the victims. Dam It Feels Good To Be A Google Gangster
  • The corporate shills are strong here
  • The shills are with him.....and he's correct. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah but that situation is different. You wouldn't have cared if they took 100 breadsticks if it hadn't been for them cutting everyone else. That's where they went wrong. Breadsticks, are by nature limited, at the very least by the capacity at which their bakers can make them. Digital storage is also somewhat limited (by the servers a company has to store everyone's personal data). A company like Microsoft, or any company nowadays, should realize they are going to have people that do this if they say they offer unlimited storage. It's just a matter of them determining how many people they can handle doing it. Can they handle 5-10% of the people going crazy with TBs of data? Sure. But what about 50 or 75%? I don't think ANY cloud company could.
  • This sucks big time. Definitely going to have to look at my cloud storage accounts and see about moving stuff over to another one. I don't use a lot of storage but just enough that this cut will make it hard for me to keep using onedrive as my primary solution. Time to shut off the camera uploads too and just rely on Google Photo backup. Posted via the Android Central App
  • 2 bucks a month gets you twice as much storage on Google Drive as it does on OneDrive now, putting Microsoft's solution way behind the competition. I guess their only advantage is Office 365 thrown in. Sony Xperia Z2
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  • Damn! There are always some as5holes who ruin things for everyone else World is not a good place at all. I hope they have a miserable death
  • I assume you are talking about Microsoft? The reason they provided doesn't explain why our free 15GB accounts suddenly become 5gb.
  • Exactly. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You want people to die because they use what they paid for? MS clearly said unlimited storage, and not as much as the average user... And why cut the free space for all users because of this? It makes no sense. And inteoducing a new paid plan for only 50gb... MS is the assholes here, not the users, who i again remind you only used exactly what they paid for...
  • If they didn't want unlimited, don't say unlimited. Otherwise, the word loses meaning. It's one thing if I'm using "all you can eat" at a restaurant for all my friends and family. It's another if I'm expecting to be able to eat all I want at said restaurant. Second, that 75tb is basically impossible for most users at the moment. Assuming most people have 20meg up:
    20megabits/8=2.5 megabytes per second
    75,000,000megabytes / 2.5 megabytes per second = 30,000,000 seconds / 60 seconds per minute = 500000 minutes / 60 minutes per hour = 8333.33 hours / 24 hours per day = 347.22 days Assuming a 24/7 stream of data at 20megabits, it'd take about 347.22 days to upload 75tb. Even if you had gfiber the same math (assuming constant 125 megabytes up), it'd *still* take just under a week of constant uploading. The only nice part of this is that Microsoft isn't hiding what they're doing here. Updates/Windows 10 spying on *everything* you do, is another story. They admitted in a Forbes article that they can't disable the stuff that sends everything you type back to them.
  • I think you forgot to read the article. It says that multiple people were using the same account to upload up to 75 TB. Your math calculation is meaningless. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I doubt what their numbers to be honest. I don't think multiple people used 75tb. I don't know if you read my comment... I did say something about sharing the all you can eat being bad. It should be *very* easy for Microsoft to disable account sharing. "Only one PC can upload at a time" or implement some BTSync style sharing, as in all PC's send to one, and that one uploads. 1 PC having 75tb is very, very, unlikely... Outside a datacenter that is. Even beyond that, why do people defend "unlimited not being unlimited". It's defending a lie. Microsoft wanted the benefit of saying "unlimited" without the cost of actually giving people unlimited.
  • I believe it one, of my friends between photos and movies has around 5 terabytes. Another friend has unlimited Verizon still. And his download a month is anywhere 300 to 400 gb so yea. And this is why we can't have nice things. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes, heaven forbid someone actually has to live up to their contracts anymore. If it says UNLIMITED, it is UNLIMITED. "Nice things" are things that live to what they say they live to. They don't offer something, then get mad when people do said thing.
  • Don't believe anybody signed a contract saying unlimited for their lifetime. But if you're that butt hurt over it don't use Microsoft products. Posted via the Android Central App
  • "Don't use Microsoft products" Already done. However, disagreement != trivializing someone else's opinion with "butt hurt". A contract is just that, an agreement until one side or the other can break it. If they can't then yes, it's for their lifetime.
  • Oh some where in thier ToS agreement where you have to scroll down and hit accept where no one reads it. Most likely it says they can switch the unlimited part anytime they feel like it. Don't see why people get upset upset there's a plethora of other cloud storage options out there. But yea first world problems where am I going to store all my crap. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't think anyone is saying they can't change the plan. What I was lamenting is that they can't get upset when someone does what is offered. Verizon likely can't change it, otherwise they would have.
  • You don't see it? You don't see why people get upset when they don't get what they paid for? And furthermore ms using this excuse to downgrade all members storage, and taking away bonus storage that had no end date... you actually think that that is not a problem? And please stop with that first world problem nonsense, ofc. it's first world problems... so is a lot of things, doesn't mean we should take it though.
  • The unlimited storage was a value add on to Office 365 with no increase in subscription price. The "contract" is valid through the end of the subscription term at which time you can choose whether to renew your subscription under the new terms, which will no longer have that unlimited value add on. Microsoft is even allowing people to cancel their current subscription and get a prorated refund, so no, no one is being deprived of anything that they paid for. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Microsoft actually did live up to their part of the agreement. They didn't stop anyone from storing 75TB, nor did they delete anything nor did they ban accounts. They are simply not going to offer the unlimited option, moving forward. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You should punch those friends in the faces for being stupid idiots and being part of the problem.
  • Disabling account sharing would be by far a worse move than scaling back storage. It would mean that I couldn't have Onedrive on my PC, smartphone and tablet all at the same time. I also couldn't have it running on my work computer, nor my work phone. It would mean that I couldn't back up my annual reports from my work phone and have them automatically download to my computer. This would basically make Onedrive a separate service and it could no longer be integrated into Windows or any other system. Posted via the Android Central App on the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Cloud storage is all about convenient access to all your files wherever you are. It'd basically undermine the whole premise of it all Sony Xperia Z2
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  • Yet another company who got what they deserved when they "said" unlimited, but "meant" not unlimited. Quit using these dumb ass buzz words. Unlimited ALWAYS means a small subset of users is going to consume a tremendous amount. If you can't handle it, you shouldn't have offered it in the first place. Posted via the Android Central App powered by Droid Turbo
  • The way I see it, if you offer unlimited access you'd have to be pretty stupid to not anticipate people using it as advertised. Sony Xperia Z2
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  • I bet they're cheering in Mountain View. They'll soon get a bunch of GoogleDrive users back. Myself included. Stupid Microsoft is stupid.
  • Same here, will be thinking long and hard about my affinity with MS services.
    I can sense an N97 type moment for MS Posted via the Android Central App
  • It sucks but it makes sense. Microsoft was using One drive's promotion as a loss leader to other Microsoft products and services. So this wasn't working for them. Google Drive's various time bounded promotions get eyeballs for Google because that's their primary business. They sell eyeballs for targeted ads. So yeah, Mountain View wins.
  • 1 TB for $10 a month, very happy with that plan. I have had it for a couple years, no data corruption either in my Vids or pics. Just with I had used it more before my PC crashed and lost a bunch of my stuff
  • Go to hell, Microsoft. You lowering storage caps for ALL users is worse than how AT&T handles data caps and throttling and overcharging.
  • Lol this is in no way the same thing.
  • ...except when people think both are fundamentally awful ideas. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Seems a bit drastic just to control the abusers... Not quite buying the excuse. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Exactly. Why not just reprimand the abusers? Posted via the Android Central App
  • The excuse is these companies use drug dealer models. Give people a taste for free then start charging them after they're hooked. If you have GB of data stored it's a pain to transfer download, and re-upload to another server.
  • I'm glad you said that; MS has been doing that for more than 20 years. I remember when every version of Windows (from 95 to NT4.0) required a license... and you could (illegally) use the same license infinitely. Same for Office. Oh, sure, MS would audit companies every now and again, but by and large they looked the other way... until everyone was using their products. By then, you (be it people or companies) were hooked to their products, and usually the competition was dead (funny how WinNT didn't need activation until Novell was dead). This is MS's SOP -- it's why I left their products behind (with one Win7 exception) long ago.
  • They seem to be blaming the heaviest users for this change yet they have gone to the extreme when they could have just limited everyone to 1TB.
  • Oh cry me a river............ I hate when companies try to act like victims. Sickening Dam It Feels Good To Be A Google Gangster
  • As if they couldn't foresee mistakes and possible scenarios. That shit gets looked at by more than 10 highly paid heads.
  • I guess Drive, Dropbox etc. isn't exactly crying over this..
  • Hahaha. Google's gonna take every bit of advantage of this moment to plaster Drive ads everywhere to exploit the free OneDrive users Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't see what the free tier users have to do with users abusing the unlimited Office 365 tier. This is a classic bait and switch. I don't know if I've ever heard of a company taking back free storage storage like they're doing. I suspect Microsoft will be forced to reverse course after the inevitable outcry.
  • Because Microsoft is blaming these high storage users for their mistake. It's an easy way to cover up the truth that Microsoft didn't think that it's Onedrive service would explode like this. Which is silly because it is integrated into every Windows 10 and 8.1 computer and every Office subscription. Considering that accounts for currently over 300 million PCs and potentially over twice as many devices, that's a lot of free cloud storage. Currently it's almost 5 billion gigabytes or 5 million terabytes and that's just calculating the free 15 gigabyte storage for 300 million PCs, not including all the Androids, Apples, and servers that use Onedrive. I bet heads are rolling over at Redmond over this screwup. Posted via the Android Central App on the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Just when my university swaps over to all Microsoft from our previous email. Of course. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sooo what you are saying is our content isn't really private as you are peeping on our files?!? Then go after those users that are abusing your terms, durrr! Time for me to transfer my stuff to google.
  • Well, they could easily tell how much space each account is using, even without looking at the file level details. The terms of service you agree when using OneDrive also allows Microsoft to collect information about the files you upload and to index the files so you can search them online. You'll find basically every other service has similar terms, including Google. I don't think Microsoft really pokes through everyone's files, they have better things to do. Using 75TB of storage would be enough to get attention and have someone actually look at what's being stored and taking up that space. All that said, I think Microsoft is using the abuse by a few accounts as an excuse to lower their storage limits and cut their costs.
  • But didn't they actually name in detail what types of files were being stored? Movies, etc.? Posted via the Android Central App
  • HAH, I'm surprised the tinfoil hats didn't show up sooner :D All jokes aside, I think they only know what was in it because of the inevitable investigation into why someone was using 75 TERABYTES of space. I think it's a perfectly legitimate reason in this case because of the extremely unusual circumstances. Sony Xperia Z2
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  • Why the hell would anyone have trusted Microsoft anyway? Posted via the Android Central App
  • The same reason anyone would have trusted Google, Apple, etc? Posted via the Android Central App
  • damn...whats gonna happen when you've signed up back in the day when they were doubling the space for free? I got a 30gb account and got 7gb of pics on it. Will I also go back to 5gb of free storage?
  • You can no longer upload stuff to that drive, but your data is safe. You will be able to upload again after you remove enough stuff from the drive.
  • Wtf thats such a dick move from Microsoft!! And to all the idiots who say people are abusing the system, please stfu..Microsoft are the ones abusing the system by advertising UNLIMITED space. Guess its back to Dropbox n Google drive for me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You can 'stfu'. 75TB is freaking ridiculous. I hate Microsoft, but I'd like a few minutes with the idiots who ruined this for everyone by using 75 TB of storage.
  • Dropbox ftw Posted via the Android Central App
  • Drive ftw I use both lol. Drive for all my 70 or so gigabytes of photos, and Dropbox for uni related stuff and miscellaneous stuff. I must say, Dropbox and their integration into Windows is by far the coolest thing about the service. I've gotten to the point where it's on both my computers and I save almost nothing locally (apart from the stuff in the Dropbox folder which is synced across my computers, obviously). Sony Xperia Z2
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  • Ending the camera roll storage bonus it's not going to help selling any Lumia phone.. if anything else..
  • Was the unlimited storage for Office 365 customers only in the USA? In Oz and the UK I've only ever seen 1TB on offer. I still find that Dropbox offers a slicker service and app anyway but this 1TB doesn't seem a new thing from the time I signed up a few months ago anyway.
  • I think I saw unlimited storage advertised down here in Oz. Never really paid attention though because Dropbox and Google Drive have my heart lol Sony Xperia Z2
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  • Time to give Google Photos a test drive.....
  • I will be understand if this will affect only new users, but current too ? How much I will get on google ?
  • 15GB
  • Aaaaand for 2 bucks you'll get 100gb, not 50gb. Sony Xperia Z2
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  • Few stupid people make the world go wrong... If you have a little bit of education, such people would know how much ressources are needed for such amount of described data they have saved and they are not alone in the world... As usual... Only stupid and not educated people make such mistakes. Thanks to them! Posted via the Android Central App
  • So they offer unlimited storage, people use unlimited storage and they turn round and say we didn't mean unlimited we meant unlimited but with limits or in plain English. Limited. People saying that users were abusing the system are wrong. If a company offers something unlimited then that's what it means. If there are limits they should be made clear at the point of sale and called something else. There would be uproar if Golden Corral or some other all you can eat pit threw you out after only two plates.
    Posted via the Android Central App
  • Where have they denied the digital hoarders? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have 30Gb free storage, I got that with a promotion when they announced backup for photos. Am I going to 5GB too ?
    Ok, I just read, they are taking the 15GB camera roll bonus to, so they are taking 25GB from me . F you Microsoft. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's nice, give customers less instead of more.
    wtf
  • FU MSFT
  • I have over 200 gb free storage mostly for pictures but have barely reached the limit. Recently tried out Flickr 1 tb of truly FREE storage.
    Bing Rewards (Microsoft) also blocked my account a few months ago for no reason.
    Time to bid Microsoft goodbye Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hope that by then they don't decide to change the free year of office 365 to a 1 month trial... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Or hope they don't change their mind when people actually take up the offer lol Sony Xperia Z2
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  • I hope they lose most of their storage business to others. Unlimited is unlimited. Unbelievable. Posted via the Android Central App
  • My parents uses windows phone and Microsoft services, first because was easier than android to old people and two because they already uses Hotmail and office. When this downgrade happens I will be happy to give them android devices with unlimited photo backup and 15gb Google Drive. Will be a pain to transfer 9gb of photos from my dad account but fuck you MS.
  • I'm an Office 365 Home subscribe. Just this week I noticed my storage limit increased from 1 TB to 10 TB. I'm only using 56 GB though.
  • Strange. I'm a 365 user, but never knew that unlimited storage was included. I've always been under the impression that it included 1tb. Just checked the app and that's what it says I have available. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Same here. More than enough for me and I would buy office 365 anyway. I use one drive over the other cloud storage.
  • Pretty stupid of Microsoft to self inflicted their injury like that. Google was smart enough to timebox their promotions. For instance, when you buy a Chromebook you typically get a year or two of Google Drive storage. I got a terabyte for two years when I bought my Chromebook. You get to keep any storage you actually use too, but if you have a completely full disk, you'd have to buy more to to it off. To me that's completely fair.
  • This makes me a bit reluctant to continue using OneDrive. I have a 365 subscription with the 1TB (I've never had unlimited). I've been slowly using it more and more and google drive less and less. Now I'm nervous that they will eventually lower the Office 365 users at some point which could wreak havoc if I completely moved over.
  • I never used Microsoft's "free" storage anyway. Google drive/photos is the way to go. Note 5/Edge+/AC App
  • But photos compresses images. I would never let a cloud storage modify my images.
  • No.
  • I pay for 100gb of storage every month so they don't compress my images. All of my pics are saved as originals. Note 5/Edge+/AC App
  • This might be the last straw for me and Office. The ease of syncing files to OneDrive online lured me in, but they ditched that with W10. As a photographer, I was using OneDrive to backup and store my photos. As a writer, it stores all of mmy writing files. Guess it's time to invest in another external drive and go that route. Just when I had my system all set and tweaked... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Dropbox (and Google Drive I think) have a really nifty install function where it basically adds a folder in Windows Explorer which acts like any other folder (offline access and modifying) but synchronises in the background to the servers. Have it on multiple computers and devices and you have a really useful and seamless way of accessing your files across them all. Sony Xperia Z2
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  • Still yet another case of the few screwing it up for the many. I'm sure the abusers are a very small percentage of total users though. M$ could easily reign them in without affecting regular users. However it seems that M$ left the door open for abuse in the first place and are using this as an excuse to back out of their original agreements. * “Powerful you have become, the dark side I sense in you.” *
  • Are they really abusers though? They were given unlimited storage and they used it. They can't really be blamed for that. Sony Xperia Z2
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  • It all depends on what M$ thinks abuse is. If a user TRULY IS using 14 thousand times the average. Many would think that is abusing. I know they advertised it as unlimited but does that mean a user has to use more and more continually? It's kinda like the buffet restaurant that advertises all you can eat. Some people will always read that as "eat it all". * “Powerful you have become, the dark side I sense in you.” *
  • I think they shouldn't be advertising unlimited storage if they don't intend to let users treat it as unlimited. Sure 75TB significantly higher than the average, but it's still unlimited and Microsoft are unhappy that people are using it as advertised.
    I'll admit I'm one of those a-holes that goes to an all-you-can-eat buffet and does exactly that (that being stuffing my plate with as much food as will fit) and I'm the type to gorge on all the free snacks, but I think it's fair game if they EXPLICITLY say that it's unlimited. Why would we have any reason to think they didn't mean it? It's not like mobile phone carriers and internet providers who have all these things in the fine print (ie. Throttled speeds and all that), Microsoft were offering truly unlimited cloud storage and then they got upset when people went along and used it. Sony Xperia Z2
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  • There's always a few A%@$oles that run it for everyone.
  • You're right Microsoft are being arseholes Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah, Microsoft. Much better to screw everybody than to limit the abusers to say a Gig or two. What a lame excuse. Such total morons at that company... why are they still in business?
  • "a small number of users backed up numerous PCs and stored entire movie collections and DVR recordings." Gotta love that privacy. That's why I'd never, ever use cloud storage for anything important or of value. Microsoft needs to learn how to word their marketing. If they market something as unlimited storage people are going to use it as such.
  • That was my first thought on reading this. They have access to your files to see what you are storing? Ouch.. no thanks!
  • I have to say this seemed like their plan from the start, and I suspected as much. They only released a press release about a year ago mentioning unlimited for office users. Nowhere on their website or anywhere else did it ever say more than 1tb the whole time. Most people, myself included, had to try for months with various horrible foreign support reps to get unlimited. Most acted like they had never heard of the concept, only 1tb. A lot of people never even saw the upgrade to 10tb to "hold them over" until unlimited rolled out. It was all just a PR move to get more people signed up for Office 365 and get people dependant on it. They probably consider me an abuser. I have about 12.7tb from my Office 365 Home sub that I now need to worry about doing something else with. I was just beginning to get into MS again. I got a Surface Pro 3, was enjoying Office, upgraded my desktops to win 10. Now I'm done. They just can't stop stinging the frog in the middle of the river.
  • And you can pretty much bet that nearly all of the content in that 75TB was illegally obtained copyrighted material.
  • Well of course. Who actually has 75TB of legally obtained stuff? :P Sony Xperia Z2
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  • Probably a few thousand torrented pirated movies? ;)
  • Most such movies floating around the Internet are compressed down to 1GB. So that would be 75,000 of those movies.
  • TV series' as well I would think. They get large :P
    Or even better, some of NASA or ESAs massive space photos. The latest one is 196GB :D Sony Xperia Z2
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  • What about those with 25GB of storage from when the service was called "Live" or whatever name it went by? I currently have 40GB available and while loosing 15GB for the camera isn't bad loosing the 25GB I've had for years seems strange.
  • Just like Outlook was offered for free to corporate customers. So everybody switched from Notes, Groupwise, or whatever else they were using. Then soon after... oops, not free now. Windows 10 is free, too. Guess what's coming? Just die already, Microsoft. Can't come soon enough.
  • paid users get downgrades and free customers get free one year
  • Back to Google Drive. I used OneDrive mainly because of the storage options but seems like they are taking it away so ill go back to Google Drive.
  • I'm not clear on what's happening to the unlimited storage. Is this being grandfathered in? Or is everyone getting dropped down to 1TB?
  • Honestly, If I had the time and space to do so, I'd back up my DVD collection too! I mainly use it for movie /TV shows to cast. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Very stupid of Microsoft. Free tier users shouldn't have to suffer for the few they claim are abusing the system. You advertised unlimited so take the loss yourself. Don't pass it off to innocent customers. That's a bitch move. I've only used about 5GB so far but I might just download everything back to my SD card and delete their app for good. Posted via the Android Central App
  • PSA: If it says unlimited, then it means unlimited. I can't believe that some users are actually blaming the users who thought that unlimited actually meant unlimited.
  • The issue that I have with this way of thinking is that they didn't just limit the unlimited storage to "unlimited" 1TB of storage, but they also downgraded the storage levels on everything else. If someone is abusing your unlimited plan stop calling it unlimited and limit users to a certain amount, don't lower the usage for all of your users especially since you can't tell me anyone that had the 15GB was using amounts over that.
  • They know people have become used to Onedrive since offering it FREE and now want people to pay, have a feeling this may drive customers away. 5GB, really? they could have left 15GB but at only 5GB thats aggressive.
  • Meanwhile, Google is saying "Welcome back". This is such a bone headed move but typical M$. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Microsoft changed its mind about a product. Big surprise. Posted via the Android Central App
  • As always, the few spoil it for the many. How do you even use 75TB?
  • Honestly, this is the first bad move by Microsoft in a long while. Well, it was a good run ..
  • Microsoft fumbled the Xbox One launch also. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yup. That was 2 years ago.
  • Build your own cloud if you need more than the free welfare amount given. I understand the convenience the cloud offers, but when you rely on a free service, you are expendable to the whims of the provider; that's true even when you pay for something like cloud storage, as it's easy for providers to make false claims that they have capacity issues and attempt to squeeze you out of free usage and try to coax you into paying more for what used to be free or of a higher usage allowance. Therein lies the biggest concern I have, which is the unwillingness of many to re-take local control of their storage habits and empower themselves. It's no different a concern in people relying on the false two-party system that really is part of the oligarchic collectivist Venician cultural Marxism brought to you through the media and government, which we actually depend upon to tell the truth instead of us thinking for ourselves. It's a stretch to think of this much simpler issue created by Microsoft that way, but I don't see how relying on government fronts (mostly owned by governments) to do for you what you can do for yourself is justification for the temper tantrums people throw these days on clearly free luxuries (to which no one is entitled) that algorithmically invade your privacy every time a user-initiated I/O occurs in your account.
  • Seems to me that Microsoft is phasing out a product that would never be profitable - the only way to make money off free OneDrive space would be if (enough) people bought Microsoft products to utilize it (MS Office, Win 8.1...). Makes sense is MS' strategy going forward is to sell cloud services like Office 365.
  • Their excuse is crap. Onedrive was my jam until they removed placeholder support in Windows 10. I started hosting my own cloud with BTsync Posted via the Android Central App
  • Absolute bs. Loved Onedrive and the 15 gb for free. I have (had I guess soon) 30 gigabytes free after that 15 gigabytes more for free promotion for uploading photos on it after the ios disaster if I remember correctly. But oops nope we will cutting back and will be decreasing it to only 5 gigabytes! A reason iCloud sucks and Dropbox sucks (2 gigabytes starting point in that). Thank god for Google Drive. What would be awesome is if Google and Apple although doubt that have their own promotions for more free storage! At least Mega has 50 gigabytes for free..... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Bastards! Now what am i going to do with my vcr collection i uploaded? Or my BASF tapes? Man, i was hoping to upload my billions of saved ASCII.... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Microsoft giveth, and Microsoft taketh away. Posted via Android Central App
  • 75Tb - yikes. What kind of tool needs that? I just don't get people sometimes. I wonder how much data the Library of Congress would chew up?
  • Havent tried this yet, but can you pay for GDrive storage with opinion Rewards credit?
  • That's Play Store money, so no.
  • Okay. What about that unlimited storage on Google Photos? The new Hamilton Beach SD toaster. Powered by the Snapdragon 810.
  • Folks are stupid. This is not the fault of some heavy users. If it was, there would be no reason to remove the 100GB and 200GB options. There would be no reason to drop the photo roll bonus, or to lower the free tier to 5GB. Microsoft just wants to minimize spending on data centers, or isn't able to monetize the data as well as Google can. Posted via Android Central App
  • That's microsoft being microsoft which is why i never fall for their tacts of freebies..
  • sigh....I have about 13gb of photo and video on there. Oh well, time to move my photo stash to another place.
  • How do you get a free year of office 365 with the 1TB?
    Also I seem to have 130 GB of storage and I don't know how lol
    15GB free + 15 GB camera roll + 100 gb Enthusiast bonus what ever that is.
  • Guess I need to check my account. I am using office 365 mostly because of school and it came free for a year with my new laptop. I'm curious how people can have so much stored if it wants it on a local drive somewhere too. Can you have onedrive across multiple drives one computer? Obviously some people are abusing it. I can always go back to Dropbox, but liked the syncing of my papers that onedrive did automatically. Dropbox considers my little laptop to be a mobile device and I have to download the files, then re-upload them.
  • Never mind, seems office 365 gets to keep 1 tb. More than enough for what I'm doing.