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Microsoft ends unlimited OneDrive storage following abuse

by Todd Haselton | November 3, 2015

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Man, the bad kids have to ruin it for all of us, don’t they? Microsoft recently announced that it’s ending its promise to provide unlimited storage to subscribers of its Office 365 suite. Those users will still get a 1TB of storage, which is more than plenty for most, but it removes the original promise of “unlimited” space. The decision was made because of a few bad apples.

Microsoft said that it found some suers who stored more than 75TB of data, which is more than 14,000 times what the average user has saved on Microsoft OneDrive. Of course, Microsoft should have seen this coming in the first place. The company is also removing its 100GB and 200GB tiers for new paid customers who don’t get the free storage bundle, and will replace them with a new 50GB plan that costs $1.99 per month in 2016.¬†And, finally, Microsoft will decrease the free 15GB of storage down to just 5GB and will kill off its 15GB bonus for folks who automatically upload photos from their connected devices.

There’s really no good news here. Microsoft said the goal is to keep the experience good for everyone, but it kind of feels like the angry teacher just came into the schoolyard to yell at everyone.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...


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