These days unlimited doesn’t quite mean unlimited. At least not in Microsoft’s dictionary. The tech company has announced that the unlimited option for its OneDrive cloud storage service is about to become severely limited.
The OneDrive system can be bought as a standalone subscription, but is also attached to the company’s Office 365 subscription service that gives users access to their suite of professional software such as Word and Excel. Office 365 subscribers were treated with unlimited storage on OneDrive. The company is now capping those users to 1TB of total data. They have also announced cuts to storage space across the subscriber board. The 100GB and 200GB options have been removed and replaced with a 50GB option for $1.99 per month. The free option originally included 15GB of storage plus 15GB of storage specifically for a user’s camera roll. This option has seen the biggest slash. It now only provides users with 5GB of storage and has completely eliminated the 15GB of camera roll storage. That’s a massive reduction.
So why the change? Unsurprisingly, Microsoft had to reduce the storage amounts because people were really taking advantage of the unlimited option. Users were uploading entire computer backups, DVR recordings, and entire movie collections on OneDrive. Some users had uploaded over 75TB of data, which is more than 14,000 times the average. The changes will roll out over the next 12 months, so if a user needs to adjust their storage situation they’ll have time to get all their ducks in a row.
What’s the lesson? Microsoft and other companies shouldn’t use the word “unlimited” unless they really mean it! People will hold them to their word.
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