Microsoft increases free storage on OneDrive to 15GB, Office 365 users will get 1TB
Microsoft this week unveiled a significant increase in the free storage capacity that it is offering to users of its OneDrive cloud storage service, according to Omar Shahine, the group program manager for OneDrive.com. Specifically, Microsoft will be more than doubling the 7GB of free storage that it currently offers on OneDrive to 15GB.
"Our data tells us that 3 out of 4 people have less than 15 GB of files stored on their PC," explained Shahine. "We believe providing 15 GB for free right out of the gate… will make it much easier for people to have their documents, videos and photos available in one place." Users who are Office 365 subscribers will see their storage capacity on OneDrive bumped up to 1TB.
The battle for cloud storage users has certainly been heating up over the last few months. In May this year, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) increased the storage capacity for OneDrive Business customers to 1 terabyte (TB) of cloud storage per person. In addition, subscribers to Office 365 ProPlus also gained access to OneDrive for Business included as part of their subscription.
For now, non-Office 365 subscribers who still find the new 15GB OneDrive storage inadequate would also benefit from lower prices, according to Shahine. It will now cost $1.99 for 100GB of storage, and $3.99 for 200GB of storage--down from the previous $7.49 and $11.49 respectively.
The changes are tipped to take effect in the next month, and existing subscribers can expect to be moved automatically to the lower prices.