Tuesday, 24 June 2014 10:56

Microsoft gets more generous with OneDrive

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Microsoft is increasing free quotas and reducing subscription prices for its OneDrive cloud storage service.

Microsoft has fallen into line with Google by increasing to 15GB the amount of storage available to non-paying OneDrive customers. The company has also dramatically improved its offer to paying customers.

Effective from an unspecified date in July, the free OneDrive quota will increase from 7GB to 15GB. According to Microsoft Australia senior product marketing manager Mel Dewick, "Our data tells us that 3 out of 4 people have less than 15GB of files stored on their PC."

The biggest beneficiaries of the change are Office 365 subscribers, who will get 1TB of storage per user included in their plans, up from the current 20GB and in line with the recent change to OneDrive for Business plans.

Prices have tumbled for those who do need to pay for extra storage. The old monthly prices of $8.99 for 100GB and $13.99 for 200GB have been slashed to $2 and $4.

Again, that's broadly in line with Google's rate of US$1.99 for 100GB.

For further comparison, the widely-used Dropbox service provides 2GB of cloud storage at no charge, or 100GB for $10.99 per month.

The existing OneDrive bonuses of 3GB for activating the camera backup function and 500MB (to a maximum of 5GB) for successful referrals still apply.

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