Microsoft announces major changes to OneDrive storage plans; 15 GB free for all, 1 TB for Office 365 subscribers


At WWDC 2014, Apple announced iCloud Drive, a Dropbox-like file system for storing your files in the cloud. Apple also announced that it will offer 20 GB of storage for $0.99 per month, and 200 GB for $3.99 per month, making it significantly cheaper than its competitors such as Microsoft’s OneDrive.

It doesn’t seem to have gone unnoticed, as Microsoft has just announced several changes to OneDrive – its cloud based storage solution.

Here are the three main announcements:

  • Microsoft has increased the free storage from 7GB to 15GB. Microsoft says that 3 out of 4 people have less than 15GB stored on their Macs or PC, but factoring in what they’ve stored on other devices, they felt offering 15GB for free will make it much easier for people to have their documents, videos, and photos available in one place.
  • Users who have a Office 365 Home, Office 365 Personal or University subscription will get 1TB of OneDrive for free, instead of just 20GB.
  • Microsoft has also slashed the prices of subscription storage options. The new monthly prices will be $1.99 for 100 GB (previously $7.49) and $3.99 for 200 GB (previously $11.49).
New Office 365 Plans

The changes announced by Microsoft are quite favorable, as in comparison, Apple will offer only 5GB of iCloud storage for free, with an option to buy 20GB storage for $0.99 per month and 200GB storage for $3.99 as mentioned earlier.

What do you think of today’s announcements? Does it convince you to switch to OneDrive?

[via Microsoft]