Microsoft announced in a statement on Monday that it would be cutting free online storage available to their OneDrive customers. The company previously allowed 15 GBs of space to its OneDrive customers, which they are now cutting by two-thirds, making it the second major company, after Amazon, to retreat from a consumer cloud-storage boom. Users can only use up to 5 GBs of storage space for free, which according to Microsoft is enough for about 6,600 Office documents, or 1,600 photos.
Microsoft has also announced that it would be ending its unlimited cloud storage offering, blaming it on the small number of users who abused the system. “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,” Microsoft said in a statement on Monday. It said that in some cases, these users stored more than 75 terabytes “or 14 000 times the average” on its OneDrive service.
“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,” Microsoft said. Instead, the company would be offering a maximum limit of one terabyte to its customers. Microsoft is also doubling prices for some storage plans. It will be charging $1.99 a month for 50GB of storage, including the free allotment, rather than the 100GB it currently offers at that price.
The company will also terminate the $3.99 a month 200GB plan. However, Microsoft said that it will give people time – up to a year in some cases – to remove files that exceed its new limits. “These changes are needed to ensure that we can continue to deliver a collaborative, connected, and intelligent service,” the statement said. “They will allow us to continue to innovate and make OneDrive the best option for people who want to be productive and do more.”