Microsoft Offers 15GB of Free OneDrive Cloud Storage
Like an ever-escalating arms race, Microsoft keeps the cloud wars alive by lowering prices and doubling the amount of storage in the free OneDrive plan.Microsoft is more than doubling the amount of free cloud storage for OneDrive users, from 7GB to 15GB. OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) is Microsoft's answer to services such as Google Drive, Dropbox and Apple's iCloud. Following a court battle in the United Kingdom, the company changed the service's name to OneDrive in February. Why 15GB? OneDrive Program Manager Omar Shahine spelled out his group's rationale by explaining that "3 out of 4 people have less than 15 GB of files stored on their PC," according to data collected by Microsoft. "Factoring in what they may also have stored on other devices, we believe providing 15 GB for free right out of the gate—with no hoops to jump through—will make it much easier for people to have their documents, videos, and photos available in one place," he concluded in a statement. In effect, the move brings Microsoft and Google neck-and-neck in the cloud storage wars. Google Drive also offers 15GB of free cloud storage.
OneDrive plans are also being overhauled. For paid users, "we will also still provide monthly subscription storage options—at dramatically reduced rates." The rates represent a 70 percent price cut. "The new monthly prices will be $1.99 for 100 GB (previously $7.49) and $3.99 for 200 GB (previously $11.49)," said Shahine.