OneDrive free space slashed to 5GB on July 27

By: Vamien McKalin
2 minute read

Microsoft is finally implementing its plan to slash OneDrive’s default free space from 15GB to 5GB along with another plan to completely wipe out the camera roll bonus. The company announced this move back in 2015 and as expected, it was in no way popular. However, the plan is still a go and come July 27 it will go into full effect.

The only good news from this plan is the fact that folks who signed up to OneDrive before the original announcement were grandfathered in, meaning they will lose nothing and be able to use OneDrive as normal.

Outside of cutting storage for regular users, the software giant did another unpopular thing. Back in the day, when a person subscribed to Office 365, they walked away with a massive unlimited cloud storage option that would last throughout the duration of the subscription. Unfortunately, many users decided to upload their entire video collections and we’re almost certain some of those videos were not safe for work. This left Microsoft panicking, but instead of coming up with a solution that leaves the unlimited option intact, Microsoft decided it would have been a best to do away with the unlimited option in favor of a 1TB option.

In an email to angry users, Microsoft apologized for any inconvenience that [the changes] may cause”,  adding: “We’ve made a difficult decision, but it’s one that will let us sustainably operate OneDrive into the future.”

Time will tell if this move will have users switching to competing platforms or stick around with OneDrive for their storage needs. Despite the changes, the platform is still one of the best cloud storage options — just no longer the top dog.

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