Microsoft OneDrive Service Changes

Monday 9th of May 2016 in Advice, IT by Daniel Sherwood

Are you affected by the upcoming changes announced by Microsoft?

Last year Microsoft announced they would be massively reducing some of the storage on offer for their OneDrive accounts. The changes are due to take effect on August 10, 2016. Not every user will be affected, but a lot will. Here are the changes.

 

The unlimited tier will soon only offer 1TB instead. The unlimited tier which was given to Office 365 subscribers had to be changed, because of a ‘small number of users’ which abused the privilege according to Microsoft. Although 1TB is a good deal of storage, it certainly isn’t as good of a deal as unlimited storage.

 

The free service offered by OneDrive will have only 5GB instead of 15GB although for any users with over 5GB of data, and will be directly affected by this change, Microsoft will offer them one free year of Office 365 Personal, which will include 1TB of storage. The email containing the redemption offer should have been sent out to all applicable customers.

 

 

Office 365 Home, Personal, and University subscriptions will continue to include 1 TB of storage. Any subscriber who received additional storage as part of our unlimited offer will keep it for at least 12 months. For anyone unhappy with the decision to not offer unlimited storage, we will offer a full refund.

 

The 100GB and 200GB paid plans will be discontinued, instead, Microsoft will offer one 50GB plan for £1.99 per month.

 

On a slightly more positive note, the app for Windows 10, which includes desktop and mobiles, will be getting a minor UI update. The update, as expected will also feature minor bug fixes and stability improvements.

 

We will keep you updated about these changes.



 


 


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