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Microsoft Backs Down, Lets OneDrive Users Keep Their Free 15GB of Storage 80

New submitter Farfetched619 writes: In November, Microsoft revealed that they would be reducing free OneDrive storage from 15GB to 5GB for all users, current and new. Microsoft mentioned that some subscribers were hosting movies and large files on the service, which has prompted the company to make this drastic change. Now, after community feedback, Microsoft is allowing free OneDrive users to retain their 15GB of free storage space.
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Microsoft Backs Down, Lets OneDrive Users Keep Their Free 15GB of Storage

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  • by Hasaf ( 3744357 ) on Saturday December 12, 2015 @08:05AM (#51104481)

    "Terms are always subject to change"

  • Dumb argument (Score:4, Insightful)

    by lyovushka ( 4075741 ) on Saturday December 12, 2015 @08:08AM (#51104485)
    "We gave users storage and they have used it. So we are going to cut it." That is the dumbest argument I have ever heard.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Maybe they would have been ok with 15GB of personal files. They mentioned movies and large files, so their beef could be that they weren't able to extract personal information from them and monetize.

    • Ain't 15GB the storage that only Office 365 users get? I thought that one has to buy Office 365 to get that much, else, it's 5GB
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Storage is for the most part free, especially compared to the meta-data and other marketing analyses that can be done on the data people are storing. Hello NSA treasure-trove.

  • They're staying the course, they're just giving the option to be grandfathered in. I doubt they'll make an effort to let people know this exists.
    • by sixshot ( 878181 )

      People who have been told or heard about the whole mess would have already opted in to retain their 15+15 storage. The uservoice page, which Microsoft is using for their OneDrive feedback, that called for reverting the change garnered over 70k upvotes. MS's response on that page also included a link for people to "opt-in" to retain their 15+15GB cloud storage. Eventually everyone will know about it.

      The article title is a bit misleading, however. Microsoft didn't really back down. They merely gave people a c

  • they cut the 15gb to 5gb for free users at the same time that they rolled back "unlimited" to 1tb for paying users.

    now they're "capitulating" on the 5gb diversion, but maintaining the 1tb cap (after a one-year grace period) which is what they actually wanted. my guess is that Microsoft's lobbyists have been working over-time teaching the marketing department some basic Washingtonian tactics.

    • someone want to explain how this is flamebait?

      • by KGIII ( 973947 )

        Well, it used to be that if you pointed out a truth about Linux then it was flamebait. Then it extended to Microsoft. Then Uber. PHP was in there somewhere.

        I think flamebait means that you're saying something true so they think that you're saying it for no reason except to flame (varied definitions but call it needlessly going off on someone/something). Mostly, it just means you told the truth.

  • The thing that Microsoft really needed to cut back on was the abusive use of unlimited storage by a few users who were backing up multiple terabytes of data. Making this move lets Microsoft look like less of a Grinch, while still cutting back where they really needed to cut.
    • I thought the issue was whether people got a free 15G or 5G. Neither of these will backup multiple terabytes.

      • My point was that Microsoft gets to look like a good guy by restoring the 15GB for free, mitigating the negative PR from taking away the unlimited storage. The cost impact of that extra 10GB per customer will be modest because a large percentage of the people affected will never use it; meanwhile, they're getting the savings from dealing with the people who were uploading multiple terabytes of data.
  • "Microsoft mentioned that some subscribers were hosting movies and large files on the service" You mean they... they... they were using what they were giving? Those greedy bastards!

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