OneDrive users here’s your last chance to secure those free 15GB of storage, as Microsoft has announced that Jan 31 would be the last day you could confirm your free 15GB subscription to the service.
Apparently, the tech company exaggerated with its free storage offers last year. Last fall, the company said that the free or unlimited storage plans for Windows and Office 365 users have often resulted in ‘rampant service abuse.’ We suspect that heavy-users have used the occasion to store terabytes of video libraries in the cloud without the tiniest sign of remorse for Microsoft’s real server capacity.
As a result, the tech giant decided in November to downsize its free plan of 15GB of storage to a mere 5GB to all existent OneDrive users. If you don’t want to see those 15GB disappear before your eyes you should secure your free storage in the next several hours.
The process is not complicated. You should access a page on the OneDrive website and click on a link called ‘Keep your free storage.’ Next you will be redirected to your account’s log in page, and you’ll see a set of instructions on how to confirm your option.
If you followed the steps exactly, you’ll see a confirmation message that the free storage is yours to keep along with the extra 15GB of Camera roll you had been awarded as a Windows user.
But Microsoft did not only pick on the free 15GB offer. Several other cloud storage plans were reduced. For instance, users of Office 365 home can no longer benefit from the unlimited storage plan. Instead their free storage space is now limited to 1TB.
OneDrive subscribers who actually paid for the 100GB and 200GB plans saw their offer reduced to a 50GB plan for $2 per month.
The announcement was met with rabid backlash, but the company said that its cloud storage network can no longer sustain the users that took the word ‘unlimited’ literally and backed up heaps of data on OneDrive servers like there was no tomorrow.
Microsoft also said that the recent move would help the company deliver ‘high-value productivity’ tools to the rest of OneDrive users not just to some. Unfortunately, Microsoft was not able to come with a keep your space option for the subscribers that actually paid for their extra storage space, as well.
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