Microsoft Breaks Unlimited OneDrive Promise

Microsoft Breaks Unlimited OneDrive Promise

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

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  • Tomazon

    And I used to tell everybody (emphasis on EVERYBODY) how convenient is to store all your important stuff on Onedrive.
    I was in the middle of uploading my entire life to it. Already uploaded 15 Gb of Music (mostly because of Groove) and my photo collection (25Gb) was next.

    I’m in my first year of Office 365, but i don’t think i’m gonna pay for it next year. Somehow they screwed my faith in the all mighty “cloud storage”

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  • Albert U.

    The biggest bummer for me is the removal of the placeholder files. I have a hard time imagining how users of hardware with limited storage would handle this scenario coming from Windows 8.1.

    As for unlimited OneDrive storage, Microsoft obviously made a different promise to O365 users in Europe: 1TB per user. So I can’t really be mad at them about that, it’s been like this for me since the beginning.

    But I feel your pain regarding recommending Microsoft stuff only to find out that they cancelled it in the near future and thus looking like a fool to your friends and family.

    • I feel the same way about the placeholders. That’s why I’m still on 8.1, although I’ve been using this thing called Odrive which seems to replace the functionality. Check it out.

    • Are you sure that they promised you something different in Europe? They promised us 1 TB here too. It was just an announcement last year that they promised unlimited; however, any time anyone bought a subscription to Office 365, it said 1 TB on it.