Microsoft reduces OneDrive storage for Office 365 and free users

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Microsoft has announced that it is decreasing the OneDrive storage cap for those with Office 365 and free accounts. The company insists it wants to “remain focused on delivering high-value productivity and collaboration experiences that benefit the majority of OneDrive users.”

Microsoft is making the change after “a small number of users backed up numerous PCs and stored entire movie collections and DVR recordings.” Some surpassed 75TB of data, or 14,000 times the average, Microsoft says, and it was to move away from those “extreme backup scenarios.”

So, starting now, unlimited storage is dead for Office 365 subscribers, and a new 1TB cap has been introduced. Microsoft is also eliminating the 100GB and 200GB plans for new users in early 2016, and replacing them with a 50GB plan that is priced at $1.99 per month.

Those who don’t want to pay for OneDrive storage at all will see their storage cap reduced from 15GB to just 5GB, regardless of whether they are new or existing users. Microsoft is also eliminating the 15GB storage bonus for those who upload their camera roll in early 2016.

To ensure these changes go as smoothly as possible, Microsoft will allow those who exceed the 1TB limit increased storage for 12 months, giving them time to streamline their OneDrive accounts and bring them below that 1TB cap.

Unpaid OneDrive users who exceed the new 5GB cap will also have 12 months to access all of the files they’ve uploaded. They can also get a one-year subscription to Office 365 for free (credit card required) increasing their cap to 1TB at no extra cost for 12 months.

If you are an Office 365 subscriber and you decide 1TB just isn’t enough, Microsoft will provide you with a pro-rated refund if you want to use a third-party backup service.

If you are already subscribed to a 100GB or 200GB plan, Microsoft says your storage cap is not affected by these changes at the moment.

“These changes are needed to ensure that we can continue to deliver a collaborative, connected, and intelligent service,” Microsoft explains on its OneDrive blog. “They will allow us to continue to innovate and make OneDrive the best option for people who want to be productive and do more.”