Last month, Microsoft announced plans to reduce free OneDrive storage from 15Gb to 5GB and remove the unlimited storage option. Unsurprisingly, this decision angered a lot of OneDrive users, and they were not quiet about it. Microsoft has apparently heard the complaints loud and clear. They will give users their 15GB of storage back, but only if you ask for it.
Microsoft is not changing their existing plans. However, you can go to this page and opt-in to save your 15GB of storage. Basically, if you’re in the know about these types of things Microsoft is giving in, but they are banking on most people not knowing about the opt-in. It’s a smart move that keeps the vocal community happy, but won’t change their overall plans.
For people who have over 5GB of content in OneDrive (who are directly impacted by the storage change), Microsoft is offering one free year of Office 365 Personal, which includes 1 TB of storage. If you qualify for this offer, you’ll receive an email early next year. It’s nice to see Microsoft make amends for a change that left users feeling disregarded. There’s a right way to make major changes, and Microsoft didn’t handle it well. This should make people happy.