Microsoft Doubles OneDrive Storage to Entice iPhone 6 Owners
To celebrate the launch of Apple's new iPhone 6, Microsoft is giving OneDrive users a major capacity upgrade. But with a catch or two.Microsoft is betting that owners of Apple's new iPhone 6 smartphone and iPhone 6 Plus phablet not only will be making the most of their bigger screens, but also their new cameras. The Redmond, Wash.-based software and cloud services company announced that it is doubling the amount of free OneDrive cloud storage to 30GB, from the recently upgraded 15GB limit. The upgrade, part of a limited-time offer, requires that users designate OneDrive as their photo and video backup destination. "All you have to do is sign up for OneDrive and activate the auto upload feature for your camera roll sometime between now and the end of September, and you will get 30 GB of free OneDrive storage moving forward (15 GB base and 15 GB camera roll bonus)," instructed Douglas Pearce, group program manager of Microsoft OneDrive, in a Sept. 19 blog post. Under the new program, 30GB of OneDrive capacity will be split in half between general file storage and a camera roll's photos and videos. And in keeping with OneDrive's multiplatform support, Microsoft isn't alienating its other users.
The added capacity will show up for existing Windows, Windows Phone, Android and iPhone owners who already use the OneDrive camera roll option, said Pearce. The bump in cloud storage may also help some users cope with one of the biggest challenges of upgrading to Apple's latest mobile operating system.