Microsoft OneDrive Is Moving from 1TB to Unlimited

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2014 - 10:13 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, onedrive, skydrive, cloud storage, subscription service, subscription

I guess if you are going to take a hit on the enthusiasts by offering a 1TB tier, then you might as well just go all the way. Microsoft has been rolling out an unlimited tier to their various subscription products, starting with Office 365 Home, Personal, and University. OneDrive for Business customers, who are currently limited to 1TB of total storage, will be granted the unlimited tier, starting with "First Release" customers in 2015. It will probably arrive to "Standard Release" customers a couple of weeks later.

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The 1TB tier was not around too long. It launched to several different subscriptions in late April, starting at $5 per user per month. Now, the current cheapest option is $7 per user per month, but it comes with a license of Office 365 Personal. Note that the first three tiers, Home, Personal, and University, are each non-commercial licenses. The rapid increase in capacity could mean either that the original initiative was very successful at wooing new customers, or the exact opposite of that. It is even possible that unlimited was the original intent, but they arrived there by way of a 1TB plan, either to shake up competitors, to double-up on media attention, or simply to dip a toe in. Basically, they could have done this for any reason under the sun. We have no idea.

Unlimited storage in OneDrive for Office 365 Personal, Home, and University is currently available, starting at $7 per user per month. OneDrive for Business customers will need to wait until 2015.

Source: Microsoft

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November 2, 2014 | 11:57 PM - Posted by Kingkookaluke (not verified)

Like Asus Home/cloud drive, Microsoft must have thought that someone would actually utilize this "Cloud" thing, and over provisioned for it.

November 3, 2014 | 06:28 AM - Posted by Shrapnol (not verified)

Heard about this last Tuesday!

November 3, 2014 | 01:41 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

Yeah, it was on my backlog for a little while. Finally got around to it and decided it wasn't too old.

November 3, 2014 | 10:03 AM - Posted by Eric (not verified)

If you have a family, office365 can't be beat. The monthly fee if $10 covers 5 people each with their own pc and mobile device with their own cloud.

November 3, 2014 | 12:26 PM - Posted by Coupe

The Problem is OneDrive for Business sucks. All the file name, length, and item quantity restrictions. Makes it bothersome to migrate data to.

November 3, 2014 | 12:31 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Not to mention that Microsoft is spy central.

Sorry but I don't trust them to hold my data.

November 3, 2014 | 12:59 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

spy central vs........?

do you really trust anyone to hold your data?

November 3, 2014 | 02:27 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

M$ one drive, but many copies NSA bound, through a special fat optical Pipe straight to the underground server farm, carefully hidden under farmer John's outhouse. Now that's a data dump!

Windows 10, with in private browsing to stop the competition from snooping on M$'s new cash cow, Now with snooping baked into the OS, You will be Binged with every file search, be careful what you name your files, and folders, as that info will not be private, even from the start menu. Windows 10, Spies everywhere, and money in the bank for M$!

November 3, 2014 | 07:17 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I feel sorry for the people that have to live under the same roof as you.

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