OneDrive storage options scaled back – actions of the few affect the majority? Makes no sense?

OneDrive-unlimited-StorageSo Microsoft has announced the scaling back of storage options on OneDrive citing that abuse of some users has necessitated their actions.

Read more here: https://blog.onedrive.com/onedrive_changes/

I would have thought, given the resources a tech giant like Microsoft has, the better option would be to go after the few users that are abusing the system.

I can’t see how this can be seen in any positive light for Microsoft – the three screens and a cloud company – stifling their users cloud storage seems like a wrong move – go after the abusers not the users!

onedriveMore details can be found here but the summary below outlines the changes:

  • We’re no longer planning to offer unlimited storage to Office 365 Home, Personal, or University subscribers. Starting now, those subscriptions will include 1 TB of OneDrive storage.
  • 100 GB and 200 GB paid plans are going away as an option for new users and will be replaced with a 50 GB plan for $1.99 per month in early 2016.
  • Free OneDrive storage will decrease from 15 GB to 5 GB for all users, current and new. The 15 GB camera roll storage bonus will also be discontinued. These changes will start rolling out in early 2016.

As mentioned above, some of the changes won’t occur immediately as Microsoft will allow users some time to transition.

  • If you are an Office 365 consumer subscriber and have stored in excess of 1 TB, you will be notified of this change and will be able to keep your increased storage for at least 12 months.
  • If you are an Office 365 consumer subscriber and find that Office 365 no longer meets your needs, a pro-rated refund will be given. To learn more visit the FAQ.
  • If you are using more than 5 GB of free storage, you will continue to have access to all files for at least 12 months after these changes go into effect in early 2016. In addition, you can redeem a free one-year Office 365 Personal subscription (credit card required), which includes 1 TB of OneDrive storage.
  • Current customers of standalone OneDrive storage plans (such as a 100 or 200 GB plans) are not affected by these changes.
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