Late last year, Microsoft announced they would be making some adjustments to the storage totals for OneDrive users. In the presser, they revealed that users who used OneDrive services for free would see their storage limits decreased from 15GB down to 5GB. The company then gave users a chance to opt-in to keep their 15GB, but if you missed out on that chance, then you should prepare accordingly.
Now we have a date as to when our files need to be transferred to another cloud storage option, or if it’s time to finally invest in OneDrive. As of July 27th, the free amount of storage for OneDrive users will officially decrease to 5GB and anything outside of that will be lost in the sauce. Here’s what Microsoft is sending out to OneDrive users in an email notifying them of the impending changes:
“We want to let you know about some upcoming changes to OneDrive. On July 27, 2016, the amount of storage that comes with OneDrive will change from 15 GB to 5 GB. We are also discontinuing the 15 GB camera roll bonus. You can learn more at our FAQ.
We realize these are big changes to a service you rely on. We want to apologize for any inconvenience they may cause you. We made a difficult decision, but it’s one that will let us sustainably operate OneDrive into the future.”
OneDrive will also cease to provide a camera roll bonus of 15GB on that day. Previously, this allotted users enough storage to backup any pictures that were taken, as long as automatic backup syncing was enabled.
Now’s the time to get started on making those necessary changes to your OneDrive storage. If you’re interested in the pricing tiers for OneDrive storage and don’t feel like clicking around, we’ve got you:
- 5GB for FREE
- 50GB for $1.99/month
In the meantime, if you’re looking to get more than 5GB of storage without paying a dime, don’t forget about the trusty ole’ Google Drive. Drive currently provides 15GB of storage for free and while OneDrive charges $1.99 for 50GB of storage, that same cost can you net you a full 100GB with Drive. We think the choice is clear.