Cloud storage has, for many users, become a ubiquitous part of your digital life: everything from souvenirs to the media can be stored on a server somewhere far, far away, and recovered “locally” , later. Some people are a little cloud friendly however, at least according to Microsoft.Earlier today, Redmond announced major changes to its Onedrive storage plan citing advantageous users as part of the problem. Specifically, Microsoft states that:
Since we began deploying storage with unlimited cloud Office 365 subscribers for consumption, a small number of users saved many PCs and whole collections and movies stored DVR recordings. In some cases this has exceeded 75 TB per user or 14,000 times the average. Instead of focusing on extreme scenarios backup, we remain focused on delivering productivity and collaboration high-value experiences that benefit the majority of users onedrive.
Although we can not guess what kind of figure “many users” means, the problem speaks for itself. Just like how some heavy enjoyed unlimited mobile data plans, so too some make liberal use of online storage . To this end, the following changes are introduced into the system onedrive Microsoft said.:
- We are no longer intends to offer unlimited storage for Office 365 Home, Personal, or university subscribers.
- From now on, these subscriptions include 1TB of storage onedrive.
- 100GB and 200GB plans will pay off as an option for new users and will be replaced by a 50 GB plan for $ 1.99 per month in early 2016.
- Onedrive free storage will decrease from 15 GB to 5 GB for all users, existing and new. The camera roll bonus 15GB storage will also be interrupted. These changes will start rolling in early 2016.
For those who will be affected and, Microsoft seeks to alleviate any problems that may arise during this transition. Specifically, it takes the following steps to make the transition as easy as possible:
- If you are a registered Office 365 and consumers have stored more than 1 TB, you will be notified of this change and be able to keep your increased storage for at least 12 months.
- If you are a consumer subscription Office 365 and Office 365 to find that no longer meets your needs, a prorated refund will be given. For more information see the FAQ.
- If using more than 5 GB of free storage, you will continue to have access to all files for at least 12 months after such changes come into effect in early 2016. In addition, you can redeem a free office a year 365 Subscription personal (credit card required) that includes 1TB of storage onedrive.
- Current customers of autonomous onedrive storage plans (as a plan of 100 or 200 GB) are not affected by these changes.
The company reaffirmed the role of its platform, however, to conclude the piece with the following:
Onedrive was always designed to be more than the basic file storage and backup. These changes are necessary to ensure that we can continue to offer a collaboration service, connected and intelligent. They will allow us to continue to innovate and onedrive the best option for people who want to be productive and do more.
A sign of things to come?
While Microsoft may have probably caused some of the above mentioned problem with the generous inclusion of unlimited, the real question now is what will happen in the fall of this major change. Users will be taken to other alternatives? If so, these companies will also feel compelled to review their pricing structures?
As the Internet itself has “expanded” exponentially, even in the last few years, all we are doing is attracting more and more data and order new pricing initiatives. Even Google itself has faced in its recent decision to raise the maximum price cap on the Play Store.
It will be very interesting to see what comes out of this news to say the least. For now though, we want to hear what you, our readers, think. Microsoft is justified for onedrive review, or there could be alternative reasons for the sudden change of heart? Let us know below!
For reference, additional information about onedrive changes can be found at the Microsoft FAQ.