Microsoft boosts free OneDrive space to 15GB, 1TB for Office 365

Microsoft boosts free OneDrive space to 15GB, 1TB for Office 365

Microsoft is making some major changes to OneDrive storage, more than doubling their free storage tier. Currently sitting at 7GB, free OneDrive storage will be raised to 15GB.

Office 365 subscribers will be getting additional storage as well. While OneDrive for Business users received this upgrade in April, users of Office 365 Home, Personal, and University will all be getting 1TB of OneDrive storage for now extra cost. Office 365 Personal is available for $6.99 per month, Home for $9.99 per month, and University is available for $74.99 for four years.

Microsoft is also slashing the price of standalone OneDrive storage tiers. Previously, $7.49 per month OneDrive's 100GB level now has a monthly cost of $1.99. The 200GB tier is now $3.99 per month, down from $11.49.

All of these changes are set to roll out next month. Are you excited for these OneDrive pricing changes? Sound off in the comments below.

Source: OneDrive blog

Joseph Keller

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Osumailguy says:

Do you mean "no extra charge"?

CrzyP says:

You can get increased storage limits for free by using Bing rewards. I have 100gb of storage and I didn't pay a cent.

williamsbh76 says:

Didn't know that. I already use OneDrive and just signed up for rewards. Thanks!

loanhighknight says:

Heck yes! First of all, this is one of those rare areas where someone has out-simplified Apple. Cloud storage, under Apple's regime, is really a lot of separate services all with their own usage caps (iCloud Backup, PhotoStream, iCloud Drive, and while some elements of these draw on the whole iCloud Storage, others do not). OneDrive, on the other hand, is very aptly named--it is ONE drive. Use it how you want. And that one drive will sync a full terabyte of whatever you throw at it, be it photos, documents, or files, and it'll make them all equally accessible from anything. Plus, for no additional cost beyond what you paid for Office--you get *20 times* the space the iCloud ecosystem would charge you for.

It's a simpler and, frankly, much better system than iCloud. I really hope Apple reworks their cloud offering. It's pretty out of date.

mulasien says:

Unless I'm mistaken, I'm pretty sure that the iCloud Drive changes coming with iOS8 and OS 10.10 fix that. While iCloud (Drive's) prices will also be going down to match what Google and now Microsoft are offering, the starting free amount of 5GB is still too piddly compared to the other offerings out there. Only Dropbox starts you out with less.

loanhighknight says:

I would have to check too, but I think iOS 8 might actually be fragmenting it further. You're right though that iCloud Drive is getting expanded to the $12/year/20GB pricepoint (which is what I was referencing when I said MS was giving 20x away for "free" what Apple is going to charge for). But even still, iCloud is all divided up into PhotoStreams and Drive. And whatever Drive space you subscribe to will be eaten into by your phone/app backups. Again, I'd have to check but, really, the fact that it's that unclear sort of underscores my point...

RavenSword says:

What the hell is Dropbox doing? Everyone else is masking their pricing look like a absolute joke. This is a pretty rad deal.

randian says:

Dropbox isn't reducing prices because Amazon isn't.

RupMjee says:

I'm a long Onedrive ( former Skydrive ) user & absolutely love their interface. I'm definitely excited with this news. Dropbox pricing remains a stinger though its an awesome service. But Onedrive interface has made me happy so far - so no complaints. Well done Microsoft!

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Gsarfin says:

One of the few things Microsoft has done right lately!

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cgs101 says:

Well done Microsoft. The Office 365 deal with the 1TB at no extra cost is quite good. Hopefully the monthly subscription fee won't go up!

Connor Mason says:

Holy crap! My university is making the switch to free Office 365 in the fall. Thanks for the terabyte of cloud storage!

talk2world says:

Not worth the money!

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