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cloud storageNo matter how much you have, there never seems to be quite enough storage. Movies, photos, music, documents and all the other facets of modern digitised life demand space and, regardless of how many hard drives you buy and how big that new laptop’s hard drive seems, it soon runs dry.

With life and entertainment becoming more and more reliant on online and offline storage, it pays to find every free source of it available.

Luckily, for those searching for cloud storage, Microsoft has recently announced a boost to the amount of free online storage they offer with their OneDrive cloud service.

Double the Free Storage

Previously, Microsoft had set its free allowance for OneDrive users at 7GB of free storage. Certainly, nothing to sniff at, but clearly Microsoft felt that it could do better.

Omar Shahine – group program manager for OneDrive, talks in an article on the OneDrive blog about the reasoning behind the change.

The move comes as Microsoft aims to allow OneDrive users to store all of their important and precious files in one, centralised location. Shahine comments that 7GB was perhaps not enough to cater for the sheer volume of files that people find themselves accruing in today’s world;

“…we need to make sure you actually have enough storage space for everything, particularly given that the amount of content everyone has is growing by leaps and bounds.” 

The move comes, Shahine says, to enable people to use Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud as a one-stop platform for work and play, rather than a moderately sized repository for some of their data.

Having 15GB of storage for free will certainly make OneDrive a much more appealing prospect to those sitting on the fence and perhaps leaning toward one of OneDrive’s major competitors, such as Google Drive or Dropbox.

Stacking Up Against the Competition

Previously, OneDrive lacked the storage space to beat out Google Drive, which gives users 15GB of free storage space, whilst Dropbox offers a much lower 2GB but has enjoyed wild success with its reasonable upscaling prices and general popularity and ease of use. Additionally, Dropbox users can ‘earn’ up to 16GB of additional free space in different ways, one of which is referring friends and family.

  • Google Drive offers 15GB of free space
  • Dropbox gives users a baseline 2GB, but user can accrue up to 16GB of additional storage by referring others and in other ways
  • It is not hard to imagine that Microsoft looked at their two main rivals and saw room for improvement in their own game. 

The new 15GB allowance from OneDrive brings them directly up against Google and completely dwarfs what Dropbox offers. Microsoft surely hopes that their boosted storage offerings will help them bite into the 200 million plus user base that Dropbox enjoys.

Ultimately, the more than doubling of space for users is as much about improving current users storage capacities as it is about tempting users who might be wavering about which service to go for or, even, to pinch users away from platforms such as Dropbox and Google Drive.

Other Changes

As well as boosting their free offerings, Microsoft has also made big changes to their other levels of storage.

For example, those users with a subscription to Microsoft’s Office 365 suite will see their storage take massive leaps. Rocketing from 20GB to 1TB of storage, Office 365 users should find plenty of incentive to maintain and convert others to Microsoft’s cause.

At the same time, Microsoft has also increased OneDrive for Business storage from 25GB to 1TB, showing their drive to upgrade their service from top to bottom, across all tiers.

  • All levels of Microsoft OneDrive are undergoing boosts in storage capacity
  • Office 365 users will see their storage rise from 20GB to a whopping 1TB
  • OneDrive for Business will see a similar rise from 25GB to 1TB

Alongside changes to their tiered storage offerings, Microsoft will also be altering the pricing of additional space, making it cheaper to accrue more OneDrive space.

100GB of storage will cost users £1.99, whilst 200GB will cost £3.99. This represents a more than 50 percent slashing of the current pricing model.

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