Microsoft Nixes Unlimited OneDrive Cloud Storage for Consumers
Too much of a good thing? Microsoft reverses its decision to offer unlimited OneDrive storage on Office 365 consumer accounts after some users put a little too much of their digital lives on the service.During the ever-escalating cloud storage war last year, Microsoft bundled unlimited OneDrive storage with Office 365 Home, Personal and University plans. At the time, Chris Jones, corporate vice president of Microsoft OneDrive and SharePoint, described the move as a "small part of our broader promise to deliver a single experience across work and life that helps people store, sync, share, and collaborate on all the files that are important to them." Today, a few bad apples ruined things for everyone, claims Microsoft. "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," claimed Microsoft's OneDrive group in a late Monday blog post. "In some instances, this exceeded 75 TB [terabytes] per user or 14,000 times the average." So Microsoft is taking OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) somewhat back to its file storage, sync and share roots. "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."
Previously unlimited OneDrive storage for Office 365 consumer subscriptions—defined as Home, Personal and University plans—is being knocked down to 1TB of storage, effective immediately. Current subscribers with more than 1TB of data in their OneDrive accounts will be notified of the overage and will have 12 months to remove the excess data from the service.