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Windows 7: Onedrive free storage changes for August or September

06 May 2016   #1

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Onedrive free storage changes for August or September

What are the changes?

The storage limit for all free OneDrive accounts will become 5 GB. If you currently have a free account with a 15 GB storage limit, that limit will reduce to 5 GB. All new free accounts will have 5 GB storage. The 15 GB camera roll storage bonus will also be discontinued for free accounts.
A new 50 GB plan has replaced our previous 100 GB and 200 GB paid plans.
We’re also 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.
Note: If you already have a paid subscription that does not have unlimited storage, these announced changes do not affect your base storage amount nor any storage bonuses you might have, as long as your subscription is active.
Why are you making these changes?

It was a difficult business decision that came with careful analysis and thought. However, these types of decisions are never easy. We overcommitted with our free storage limits and we want to focus on delivering high-value productivity and collaboration experiences that benefit the majority of our users. If we continued with the current offerings, we wouldn’t be able to sustain our growth and deliver the reliable service that you count on. These changes were necessary to ensure that we can continue to offer a collaborative, connected, and intelligent service.
How much can be stored with the new storage limits?

  • OneDrive free with 5 GB: enough space for approximately 6,600 Office documents or 1,600 photos.*
  • Office 365 with 1 TB: enough space for approximately 1 million Office documents or 330,000 photos.*
*Based on 9-megapixel JPEG photos, .7 MB Office files. Capacity varies by content.
How do I check how much storage I have, how much I'm using and when my old storage will expire?

You can view that information at the Storage page in your OneDrive account.
What happens if I’ll be over my limit when these changes take effect?

We will be actively communicating with our users as these changes start rolling out via email and in-product notifications. These notifications will start at least 90 days before the changes take effect to ensure that you have enough time to act or make changes.
If you have a free OneDrive plan and will be over your storage quota as a result of these changes:
  • If you are a free user and have over 5 GB of content in your OneDrive, you will receive an email with an offer to claim a free 1-year subscription to Office 365 Personal*, which includes 1 TB of storage.
  • If you do not claim this offer, you will need to purchase additional storage or remove some of your files. Otherwise, 90 days after you receive your first notice, your account will become read-only.
  • If you are over quota after the 90 days, you will still have access to your files for 9 months. You can view and download them. However, you will not be able to add new content.
  • If after 9 months you are still over quota, your account will be locked. That means that you will not be able to access the content in your OneDrive until you take action.
  • If after 6 more months you fail to take action, your content may be deleted.
* Redeem by August 15th, 2016. Credit card required and subscription will automatically renew. Cancel anytime at Sign in to your Microsoft account. Users in Hong Kong and China, contact support to redeem offer. Offer is not valid in countries where Office 365 Personal and/or OneDrive are not available, or in Japan. See Office 365 Personal special offer terms.
How do I get myself within the new limits?

If you are going to be over-quota as a result of these changes, you’ll have a few options once the changes take effect:
  • You can purchase additional storage. You can subscribe to Office 365 and get 1 TB of storage, or subscribe to the +50 GB OneDrive plan.
  • You can remove enough files from your OneDrive to get below the new quota. The easiest way to do this is through the OneDrive for Windows or Mac application. Once installed, you can drop and drag your files or folders from your OneDrive folder to another location on your computer.
What if I have extra storage from a promotion or some other offer?

The storage you have as part of other promotions is not affected by this change.

Seeing I have a 25gb grand fathered hotmail account like probably many others seems a tad interesting
Just another taste of givith and takith away by the new M$ :)

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06 May 2016   #2
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

This is an example of one reason I do NOT recommend people use free cloud accounts for storing data or for backups.
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06 May 2016   #3

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Yea I saw a 10gb loyalty bonus but I guess I'll just have to see if that turns out to be the total or if 15gbs is the new total.

I don't really care all that much since I use less than 500mbs over all these years :)
It's really just typical lately of M$ to change the rules as they see fit.

Give cake and ice cream and then take back the cake and the cake is under the ice cream
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06 May 2016   #4

Windows 7 Pro & Ultimate (64-Bit) Retail, Windows 8.1 Pro (64-Bit) Retail

I managed to avoid all this on all my accounts, but it was on an opt-in basis only due to all the negative backlash MS received.
Have kept all the storage on all my hotmail accounts.
Surprised MS did overturn (sort of) the decision with how stubborn they've been lately.
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06 May 2016   #5

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

What did you avoid ?
Filling up Onedrive and relying on it :)
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06 May 2016   #6

Windows 7 Pro & Ultimate (64-Bit) Retail, Windows 8.1 Pro (64-Bit) Retail

Just the reduction in storage.
Can't say I use cloud storage for much though other than to transfer from one PC/Phone/Tablet to the other. I don't keep anything stored on the cloud long term.
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06 May 2016   #7

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

I'm not sure how you avoided the reduction it is unavoidable unless it was a grand fathered account like mine and the 15gb might stay and we would loose 10gb's
Funny I say loose when it's really not even being used
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06 May 2016   #8

Windows 7 Pro & Ultimate (64-Bit) Retail, Windows 8.1 Pro (64-Bit) Retail

You should have got an email to opt-in and avoid the storage reduction. That happened in January I believe. Only because MS received a ton of negative backlash.

Microsoft's free 15GB of OneDrive storage ends today | The Verge
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06 May 2016   #9

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

I rarely read M$ emails :)
This one just had a appropriate title
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06 May 2016   #10

Windows 7 Pro & Ultimate (64-Bit) Retail, Windows 8.1 Pro (64-Bit) Retail

I thought you'd been hibernating Thrash!?
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