Microsoft in early November, 2015 decided to cut the total amount of free OneDrive storage space from 15 GB to 5 GB. In addition, Microsoft also decided to drop the 15 GB camera roll bonus. This made many free users enough reasons to abandon OneDrive and move to other cloud storage services. With storage costs going down and with the abundance of reliable cloud storage providers it’s not hard these days to find one.
Still if you need to keep your OneDrive account intact here’s something that will help you keep 15 GB OneDrive free storage space plus the camera roll bonus. Read on after the break but before that more about the announcement.
On November 2nd, 2015, Microsoft on its official The OneDrive Blog announced upcoming storage plan changes. The announcement is as follows:
Since we started to roll out unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 consumer subscribers, a small number of users backed up numerous PCs and stored entire movie collections and DVR recordings. In some instances, this exceeded 75 TB per user or 14,000 times the average. Instead of focusing on extreme backup scenarios, we want to remain focused on delivering high-value productivity and collaboration experiences that benefit the majority of OneDrive users.
Here are the changes:
- We’re no longer planning to offer unlimited storage to Office 365 Home, Personal, or University subscribers. Starting now, those subscriptions will include 1 TB of OneDrive storage.
- 100 GB and 200 GB paid plans are going away as an option for new users and will be replaced with a 50 GB plan for $1.99 per month in early 2016.
- Free OneDrive storage will decrease from 15 GB to 5 GB for all users, current and new. The 15 GB camera roll storage bonus will also be discontinued. These changes will start rolling out in early 2016.
This made a lot of OneDrive users unhappy as clear from the comments posted by users in the comments section of the post. Most users talked about abandoning OneDrive and moving to other better cloud storage provides.
If you are still with OneDrive, you will be glad to know that Microsoft is offering its current OneDrive users to opt out of the upcoming storage plan changes and keep their 15 GB of free store and the camera roll bonus. But you need to act fast and by the deadline which is set on January 31st, 2016.
How To Keep 15 GB Free OneDrive Storage Plus Camera Bonus Space Even After Discontinued
The process of opting out is very easy. Before January 31st, 2016, visit the opt-out link below.
Sign into your Microsoft account that is attached to your OneDrive account and you will get a confirmation message.
Are you also abandoning Microsoft OneDrive? Was it right for Microsoft to take away space because of a few users abusing it? Let us know your thoughts through comments below.