Free Microsoft OneDrive Storage will be slashed to just 5GB in July

If you are using Microsoft’s OneDrive Storage, we have got some bad news for you. The Tech Giant has decided to cut short the amount of free storage from 15GB to 5GB. The similar news made headlines in November last year when Microsoft announced that it would soon be cutting back on the amount of free storage. However, after following a strong backlash from the users, the company decided to give 15GB camera roll bonus. Although, this bonus will remain applicable only if the user has opted for this before January 31, 2016.

The company has finally made it clear that the free storage will be cut down and users have the deadline till 27th July 2016 to move their data from OneDrive or to buy that storage.

According to OneDrive users, they have got an email from Microsoft which says, “We want to let you know about some upcoming changes to OneDrive. On 13/07/2016, the amount of storage that comes with OneDrive will change from 15GB to 5GB. We are also discontinuing the 15GB camera roll bonus,”.


However, the actual date is not 27th or 13th July for everyone as some users reported that they have got the same mail but with July 27 as the date. Microsoft says that it is due to the “rolling out the storage changes in different waves, this date varies for some customers”.

Users who chose to keep the bonus before January 31 have received a totally different email which states, “your account will not be affected by these changes”. However, if you are still wondering how these changes will affect you, just check you mail linked with OneDrive and you will get the news.

Also, there is some relief for the users who use their data on OneDrive for reading only. The reason behind it is that after 27 July, your data will not just vanish but, remain there as read-only data for next nine months. However, after nine months, Microsoft will lock the account and you will no longer be able to access it.

Microsoft does have an explanation for doing this and the company states that “We realise these are big changes to a service you rely on. We want to apologise for any inconvenience that they may cause you. We’ve made a difficult decision, but it’s one that will let us sustainably operate OneDrive into the future.”.

There is no doubt in the fact that this will adversely affect the Microsoft and will give its rival a chance to feast on this and grow their service. Will you still be using OneDrive with reduced storage?

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