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Microsoft decides not to decrease free OneDrive storage to 5GB

by Brandon Russell | December 13, 2015

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In November, Microsoft announced it was ending its OneDrive promotion that gave Office 365 subscribers unlimited storage. And in addition to that, the company also said it would decrease the amount of free storage it offered to users from 15GB to 5GB—a move that angered so many people that a petition was started asking Microsoft to bring the 15GB offer back.

Well, it looks like Microsoft was listening, as the company on Friday said it will keep the free tier at 15GB, which should be plenty for pictures, documents and videos; you actually get 15GB files and whatnot, and an extra 15GB for your camera roll, which means you get 30GB in total. If you’re just uploading pictures from your smartphone, 15GB is more than enough space.

“We’ve heard clearly from our Windows and OneDrive fans about the frustration and disappointment we have caused,” Microsoft said in a statement. “We realize the announcement came across as blaming customers for using our product. For this, we are truly sorry and would like to apologize to the community.”

When Microsoft said it was getting rid of unlimited storage, the company said it was because users were abusing the offer; in some rare cases people were uploading entire movie libraries, taking up as much as 75TB. That’s far more than any normal person needs, so you can understand why Microsoft decided to renege on the offer.

You can read more about how you’ll be effected in the original announcement here.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...


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