It seems like a question that gets asked over and over. Where is my unlimited OneDrive storage that was promised by Microsoft over a year ago? Up until yesterday, it was still coming.
Paul Thurrott said on Windows Weekly that when a user goes over the current 1 TB limit, he receives more storage. Really, all they would have to do is change the web site.
Well, Microsoft has changed their minds about something once again. Here’s why:
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.
tl;dr: Microsoft broke their unlimited OneDrive storage because they gave unlimited storage to some people and those people used it.
That’s not all. Microsoft is effectively getting rid of the 100 GB and 200 GB plans from OneDrive and offering a 50 GB plan for $1.99 a month, meaning that OneDrive will officially be more expensive than iCloud. This is for new customers. Current customers are not effected by this particular change.
Oh wait. There’s more. Users on the free tier will no longer get 15 GB of storage. They will get 5 GB. Oh, did you want to keep that 15 GB bonus for automatically uploading your files to OneDrive? That’s gone too. This one does effect existing customers. You have 12 months after these changes go into effect in early 2016 to clear out.
Also, if you have more than 1 TB of storage in OneDrive, you will be notified of this change and you will also have one year to clear out.
There is a bit of good news here. If you want to give Microsoft a big “fuck you” like I want to right now, you can cancel your Office 365 subscription and get a prorated refund.
Seriously, I’m getting tired of being punished by Microsoft for investing in their services. I use OneDrive a lot. That’s why I’m still on Windows 8.1. I’m just so tired of this.
Source: OneDrive Blog