Microsoft Adds Extra OneDrive and Office 365 Free Space, Lowers Subscription Fees
Gabriel Roşu / 4 years ago
Since OneDrive (formerly known as SkyDrive) has been launched, Microsoft offered a standard 7 GB free storage space with additional subscription fees for users who required more. However, this is about to chance with Microsoft’s latest announcement of upping the 7 GB free space to 15 GB.
The company is said to have planned the additional storage space delivered for free in order to compete with its rival, Google Drive, which also currently offers 15 GB free storage space. In addition to the OneDrive service, Office 365 users are also said to benefit from 1 TB of free storage space with a 20 TB limit for subscriptions.
The 1 TB free space for Office 365 users is quite generous, given the fact that it was previously offered only to business users. Nevertheless, while Google and Microsoft compete in offering free space, the same cannot be said for other similar services, such as Apple’s iCloud, which is said to have nothing planned in terms of free storage space addition in the future.
Microsoft has also tweaked its monthly subscription fees as well, having the 100 GB storage space subscription currently down to $1.99 from $7.99 and the 200 GB subscription down to $3.99 from $11.49. The price cuts are so substantial that the 50 GB subscription appears to have been cut due to the fact that a fee for the latter would be so insignificant that Microsoft would have been better off adding the storage option for free (which would have been great news for OneDrive users).
The company has also stated that existing as well as new users will be able to experience the change in their free storage space availability. Windows as well as Windows Phone users should be pleased with the additional space, having more space to sync their photos, videos and data to the cloud for safe keeping.