Microsoft seems to make more stupid decisions against its users than any other company of this size. Recently, however, Microsoft surpassed themselves, by slashing down the OneDrive capacity for every user. Now, the company has partly changed its mind and allows us to keep our free 15+15GB if we choose so.
The Onedrive chainsaw massacre
In early November 2015, Microsoft announced on the official OneDrive blog that users were abusing the service by uploading entire movie collections and DVR recordings.
Specifically, some users on the unlimited program, that came with the Office 365 subscriptions, uploaded more than 75 Terabytes of data, which is 14,000 times the average.
Since online storage space and bandwidth doesn't come cheap even for Microsoft, the company decided to put an end to this practice, cutting down the "unlimited" storage to just 1TB.
That would have been somewhat logical if it stopped there. Microsoft, however, became trigger-happy and cut down the OneDrive storage for every single user.
A free OneDrive user today has 15GB, and can get up to 15 extra Gigabytes with the camera roll storage bonus. From early 2016 the free space will be cut down to 5GB, and the camera roll storage bonus will be discontinued.
Microsoft partially changes its mind
As it could be expected, no user that relies on OneDrive liked these changes. So, a little more than a month later, Microsoft changed its mind, and will allow us to keep the 15GB of OneDrive and the 15GB from the camera roll storage bonus, provided we opt in for it.
To retain the 15+15GB storage space, we just need to visit this page:
and click on the "Keep your free storage" button.
We need to do this until January 31st, 2016. After that, every new user and anyone who hasn't visited the website above will just get 5GB for free, and that's it.
If you had taken advantage of some previous Microsoft promotions that gave up to 200GB for up to two years, it's not clear if we will retain this space until 2016 and 2017, or if it will be cut down early.
Do you care about the 15+15GB in OneDrive?
Are you an active OneDrive user and would like to keep your free gigabytes? Or do you prefer a better cloud storage service? Leave us a comment.