Since I started using Windows Phone, OneDrive (then called Skydrive) became my favorite online storage, from the simplicity of the Camera Roll backup, to the extra storage bonuses offered by Microsoft; it was pretty awesome, and life was good. Apparently Microsoft have decided to kill off anything that made OneDrive a viable alternative to Google drive and Dropbox, destroying my happiness in the mean time as well. Today Microsoft announced that they will no longer offer “unlimited storage” to Office 365 subscribers, instead limiting them to 1 Tb maximum.
Even worse however Microsoft are also reducing the free storage offered to all users, including the 15 GBs “bonus storage” offered to users who elected to sync their camera roll to the cloud.
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.
Essentially that means many users, who previously had up to 30 GBs of free storage will now only have 5 GBs to enjoy, leaving them to either buy more storage or work something out. The whole announcement is based off Microsoft being unhappy with a few users who decided to back up several PCs and movie libraries to their unlimited OneDrive accounts, utilizing 75 TBs of storage:
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. Instead of focusing on extreme backup scenarios, we want to remain focused on delivering high-value productivity and collaboration experiences that benefit the majority of OneDrive users.
To be honest the press release reads like a teacher punishing students, for a couple of trouble-makers in the class, personally since switching to Android I’ve begun backing up to Google drive which offers 15GB free + 35GB for camera uploads; but this is very bad news for OneDrive power users, and a sure way to kill off a great service.